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God is Not Unjust

Posted by undergroundchurch on September 20, 2009


Today’s Biblegateway observation,

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”- Hebrews 6:10

Most people look at God in one of two ways – knowable and unknowable. Within each, there are two more ways of seeing God – either as a good God or a mean God. I know that is an oversimplification, but my point is that we rarely look at God at any one time with more than one dimension.  One day we see him as a God of love, the next, we see him as far off and “uncaring”.

God is so complex, that man will not, can not, and shall not ever, ever, ever figure him out.  You cannot look at God one dimensionally because you will quickly discover that he ends up being something or doing something you’d never expect.

The laws He operates by are not ours; His ways not ours; His mind does not function like ours – which are all very good things.  If God were as man is, we’d have all been incinerated eons ago.  But his mercy is unfathomable just as his holiness is incomprehensible, his love unbreakable, his forgiveness impassable and his justice unmatchable.

Was God unjust when he banned Adam and Eve from the garden, was he unjust when He destroyed the earth with water, will He be unjust when He again destroys the earth – this time be fire?  Was he unjust when he killed Ananias and Saphira for lying?  Is he unjust for saving those who come to him in repentance and condemning those to Hell who don’t?

God rewards those that come to him, that diligently seek him.  God redeems the repentant sinner.  God changes the humble heart.  God is faithful to all He has ever promised.  He is just in all his ways, both His promises and His curses.  It’s not God’s makeup to be a liar; It’s not His ways to deceive.  His is more just than any man could even dream to be.  His mercy is everlasting too.  This is reflected in Paul’s statement to the Romans,

For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (5:19-21)

God has never given a law to man that He didn’t give a means to redeem man back to himself when man fails.  That is a just God.  He could have gone beyond driving Adam and Eve from the garden and killed them – after all, that’s what He said would happen to them if they ate from the tree. However, in his grace and mercy, he instead killed a lamb and placed the garments of skin on Adam and Eve.  For without the shedding of blood, there can be no forgiveness of sin. God made the first sacrifice for man’s sin.

But the lamb was only temporary because a lamb doesn’t equal a human.  You see, if the wages of sin is death – your death (Romans 3) when you pay that price, you will be eternally separated from God.  The price has to be paid for each life born into this world, for we are all born as sinners.

So in the end, by God’s own rule, the only way to pay the price of sin and still give life back to the one in debt, was to be the one to pay the price.  He did this through Jesus, the Son of God.  God in the flesh.  He came, and God paid the price with a bank account that has no limits through the blood of Jesus.  His one Son’s life was more valuable than the sum of every sinful person ever born in all of history past and future to come.

In order to receive this great love, you have to make your claim and go before God with a humble heart, confess Jesus to be the Lord and ruler of your life and turn from a life of sin to a life with God.

An unjust god would not waste his time and especially his son for a wretched people like us, but a loving and just God would do everything he could to make a way for us to come back to him out of our sin without violating our free will.  The price is already paid for every person, but it won’t be valid for you unless you receive the free gift from Jesus given for you through his death.

A simple verse sums up the just nature of God,

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16

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