HIS PERSON - Part 3

            Previously, I wrote that we would deal with the justice of God later. This is what I want to do in this segment. One of the attributes of God is that He is always just!
            Some of you may remember that I have said that the statement of I John 1:9 is absolutely impossible on its surface. It claims, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Don’t for a moment think that I claim this verse is wrong; but something more needs to be understood in order to make it possible for God to forgive sins and still to remain perfectly JUST!
            This has to do with our understanding of perfect justice. Perfect justice is a hard and unrelenting insistence that wrong-doing must be punished! You may have heard people say that they demand justice; they simply want to have everything they have coming to them.
            No! They don’t! And I don’t. If we had true justice, we would be punished for every wrong we have ever committed! No one ever truly wants that!
            So how can God be faithful and just, while still forgiving us? It is due to the very heart of the Gospel message! I had a Bible teacher, in college, who said, “Justice and mercy kissed each other at the cross of Christ!” That is a poetic way of explaining how God has fulfilled His promise of our redemption; by paying the price for us!
            It was there that justice was satisfied because your sins and mine were fully paid for when the Son of God (The sinless Lamb of God) paid the price for our sins, and made the way for our guilt to be removed!
            It is absolutely essential that I point out here that if any one reading this has not yet been saved, this is how it is possible that God offers you eternal life! Jesus died in your place. You need only to turn from sin, and trust in Jesus as your Savior. Does that sound too simple? It is simple, but it will change your life and your future! 
            To get back to our theme, perfect justice now shows that, since God has made a way for our redemption, we must take advantage of that way, or there remains no way to salvation for us!
            Consider this: The Bible makes clear what justice demands. “The wages of sin is death! And we have all sinned!” God has made a way for us to escape the penalty. If we reject the Way He has provided, we must pay the penalty; and there is no hope of escaping it!
            Furthermore, if we reject His way and seek our own way, we insult God and add to our own guilt! “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3)
            In the light of moral truth, justice is correct; the penalty must be paid, or truth collapses. God alone was able to pay the price without jeopardy; and that is what He did for us!
            This is the astounding message of the Gospel! “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) 

-- Roy Dettwiler