The Longing for Justice

"But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole. All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has made to light upon Him the guilt and iniquity of us all." (Isaiah 53:5-6 AMPC)

If God is love how can there be a hell? That question trips off the tongue easily in our morally relativist, decadent, secular, God-embarrased times. Hitler killed 11 million people; teenage girls were hung by the neck as partisans whilst Nazi soldiers looked on and laughed. If God is good how can there NOT be judgement and hell? But none of us get off by pointing the finger at the great “wickeds” of history. We’re all guilty.

People tell me they are "good people" and deserve heaven. Well, have they never told a lie? Have they never stolen anything? Have they never used and trampled upon another human being to get their selfish needs met? Furthermore, if heaven is God's home, are they friends with God? Would you invite someone to spend the rest of their lives in your home if you had absolutely no relationship with them? The truth is human beings believe in and want justice far more than they will seemingly "allow" a holy God to execute it.

When people steal our stuff, we expect punishment. Either way, our human tendency is to deliver our own punishment, passively or actively. When there is rape and murder we all crowd around the courtrooms. The newspapers and the pubs cry out for justice every day. We want justice. We crave justice, it's in our God-given nature. We just don't want it to interfere with our bespoke life of selfish, godless idolatry.

God is absolutely right and just to punish wickedness. And that includes me. And yet the bible says that God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked and that He wants all to repent and come to the knowledge of the truth. Mercy, grace, forgiveness and justification has been made available through Jesus Christ, Him crucified. We can receive that and have Christ's righteousness imputed to us via repentance and faith, before the great and terrible Day of the Lord. This is the gospel.

Jesus was judged in our place. There is the mercy of God. Astonishing. Scandalous. A holy, sinless God put skin on and came to be the scape goat for our pardon. Hell was not created for man. The scripture clearly states that hell was created for the devil and his angels, but if we refuse the mercy of Jesus at Calvary then for God to remain a just God, we must face His judgement apart from a Mediator. Put another way, if God refused to forgive us at all He would be just but He wouldn't be merciful. But if God forgave us without the cross He would be merciful but He wouldn't be just. Both the mercy and justice of God meet at the cross alone. That is why Jesus, by His own word, is the only way to heaven. (John 14:6)

There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, in the end, 'Thy will be done.' - C. S. Lewis

Atheism is an excuse to live as we want without responding to our inbuilt conscience. Check this -

“God’s [holy] wrath and indignation are revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who in their wickedness repress and hinder the truth and make it inoperative. For that which is known about God is evident to them and made plain in their inner consciousness, because God [Himself] has shown it to them.

For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made (His handiworks). So [men] are without excuse [altogether without any defense or justification],

Because when they knew and recognized Him as God, they did not honor and glorify Him as God or give Him thanks. But instead they became futile and godless in their thinking [with vain imaginings, foolish reasoning, and stupid speculations] and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools" (Romans 1)

The knowledge of God is inbuilt in all of us. Creation screams an Intelligent Designer's finger prints. Our conscience daily speaks of a coming Judgement Day. We are all going to die and meet our Maker and answer to that conscience before Him. 54 million die every year, the reality of eternity is coming for all of us; not as a whimsical, "RIP", puff of well-earned release but a freight train of conscient, cognizant, sensual dread and ecstasy (depending on your Advocate and covering) before a Great White Throne of judgment. Liars are suppressing that truth. Small wonder that St Paul (in the same chapter of Romans) insisted he wasn’t ashamed of the gospel but on the contrary described himself as a "debtor to all men" to open his mouth and proclaim it with boldness.

May we truth proclaimers take off our self-imposed muzzles and rise up like roaring lions for such a time as this. For Christ's sake and the love of God! The harvest is white.



Comments

  1. Well written! I agree totally.
    I have one question...
    You write: "Mercy, grace and complete forgiveness has been made available in Christ Jesus before the great and terrible Day of the Lord"
    My question: what do you mean by made available?

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    1. Thanks David, good point. via repentance and faith we can receive that imputed righteousness. i might update the article a little to make it clearer..

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    2. Thanks for your speedy reply!
      I am so glad you said "imputed"!
      I really enjoy your blog and your Facebook posts, please keep it up!

      On another issue...
      Do you speak at conferences? I help organise a annual men's conference in Northamptonshire last year we had 200 men attend. Next year we are planning the conference in June (the 16th... maybe). At the moment we are looking at potential speakers. On my list is you, Joshua D Jones and Glen Scrivener (he has spoken at the conference previously). Is that something that might interest you?

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    3. Thanks David. Yes, do feel free to be in touch. Happy Christmas, Dominic

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