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Divine Justice (Psalm 7:6)

The idea that those who reject God will experience torment for eternity is offensive to many people. It seems like awfully vicious behaviour from one who is known as a loving God.

Dr. D. A. Carson, prominent professor and scholar, says, “In the first place, the Bible says that there are different degrees of punishment, so I’m not sure that it’s the same level of intensity for all people.

“In the second place, if God took his hands off this fallen world so that there were no restraint on human wickedness, we would make hell. Thus if you allow a whole lot of sinners to live somewhere in a confined place where they’re not doing damage to anyone but themselves, what do you get but hell? There’s a sense in which they’re doing it to themselves, and it’s what they want because they still don’t repent. One of the things the Bible does insist is that in the end not only will justice be done, but justice will be seen to be done, so that every mouth will be stopped.”

In other words, at the time of judgment there is nobody in the world who will walk away from that experience saying that God had treated them unfairly. Everyone will recognize the fundamental justice in the way God judges them and the world.

“Justice is not always done in this world; we see that every day,” Carson says. “But on the last day it will be done for all to see. And no one will be able to complain by saying, ‘This isn’t fair.’ ”

—Adapted from interview with Dr. D. A. Carson

Taken from The Case for Christ Study Bible

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Wenceslas Hollar – Jesus in Michelangelo’s ‘Last judgement’ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He Is Judge (2 Chronicles 1:6)

A god who does not judge is a god of the imagination. God judges. Attempts are made to water down God’s judgment, explain it away or apologize for it, but God’s judgment is a manifestation of the reaction of his holiness to evil (Isa 42:8). Judgment is an integral part of redemptive history as seen in the fall (Ge 3:14–19), the flood (6:5–7), the plagues (Ex 3:19–20; 7:5; 11:4–5), the conquest (Jos 3:10), the destruction of Israel (2Ki 17:5–23), the destitution of Judah (25:1–21), the great tribulation (Mt 24:21–22) and the great white throne judgment (Rev 20:11–15). There are many references in Scripture to both his judgment and his love.

Judgment is necessary. Society recognizes that a judge who will not judge is a mockery. The Bible salutes God’s judgments as “firm” and “righteous” (Ps 19:9), impartial (Ro 2:11), perfect (Ps 19:7) and complete (Rev 15:1).

All sin starts when we determine that we want to be like God (Ge 3:5–6). This attitude of the will is judged (Isa 14:14–15). The cross did not do away with judgment; it served as the lightning rod (Col 2:14). At the cross judgment and mercy met, and both were victorious. Judgment is a necessity; the cross has no meaning without it (Ro 3:24–26). In judgment, our innermost attitudes will be revealed, and justice will be administered. We would do well to prepare our hearts (2Co 5:9–11).

Taken from The Woman’s Study Bible

Know therefore that God will judge you and search your heart………..get to know Him through Jesus Christ now whilst you are able. How can you change things once you are dead? God wants nobody to perish for He loves all His creation. He loves you and He wants you to reach out to Him.

Shirley Anne

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