God's Justice, Our Moral Situation
“God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” 1 John 5:11-12
As my kids and I were putting up some attributes of God on our white board the day we started our unit on God's attributes, one of the first things they had me add to the board was “The Judge”. Seeing God has a judge and a justifier is a fairly easy attribute to label Him with because we, who were created in His image, also have a built in sense of justice – a need for restitution, repair, or equal compensation when there is an inequity. Unfortunately, within our hearts we develop a skewed sense of justice because amidst trying to reconcile various inequities in our lives we do so through the cloak of sin. Fortunately, God is unable to judge and be just apart from His holy, good, and perfect nature. God's justice is one that always brings equality to an inequality and He does it with flawless precession each time.
In reading further long today in the book, The Attributes of God, by AW Tozer, you could probably guess by my writing so far that today centered around God's attribute of justice. In this chapter, Tozer had a lot to say about the inequity each of our lives present as a product of our sinful nature before our perfect God, and how God is not in conflict with Himself when His justice, mercy, and forgiveness are revealed to judge our sin. But, the text I found most enlightening in this chapter was what Tozer wrote in regards to God's justice as it centers around the cross of Christ.
“There was an old theologian by the name of Anselm who...asked God the question: 'How doest Thou spare the wicked if Thou art just, supremely just?'...
[This question] is answered from the effect of Christ's passion. That holy suffering there on the cross and that resurrection from the dead cancels our sins and abrogates our sentence.
Where and how do we get that sentence? We got it by the application of justice to a moral situation. No matter how nice ad refined and lovely you think you are, you are a moral situation – you have been, you still are, you will be. And when God confronted you, God's justice confronted a moral situation and found you unequal, found inequity, found iniquity...
Jesus Christ did not die to change God; Jesus Christ died to change a moral situation.” AW Tozer
Do you get that? Often times we think that the cross was about the need to change God so He could view us i a better light. But, God still views us the same as He always has even after Jesus sacrificed Himself on the cross for our sins, it is just that the moral situation of our sinfulness is resolved through the cross and that is what allows us to be saved. The death of Jesus on the cross did not soften God and bring about greater amounts of mercy, grace, and forgiveness towards those who call on His name and believe upon Jesus. No, the cross takes our sin and allows us an equalization to be made before a never-changing God who is always just.
Since the time of the psalmists, man has knows there is nothing we can do to save ourselves. There is no power that can change God and our sin is as much part of us as all the attributes of God are part of Him, inseparable.
“No king is saved by the multitude of an army;
A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.” Psalm 33:16
The forgiveness of sin, the overlay of the blood of Christ that brings our moral depravity into equity before a just God, is the only thing that allows God to judge us and yet not sentence us to death.
One day we will all stand before the throne of Christ, Who will judge the living and the dead. His blood alone is the only thing that will equalize out each of our death sentences. We must remember, that each day brings us closer to this time of judgment and there is no time to change your mind once your given days to make this decision for Christ are over. To live for Christ now means life for eternity, to live for yourself now means death for eternity. The choice is simple, but not easy. We do not know when the last day to change our answer may be, so make sure you have chosen well and are ready for the judgment seat that is yet to come.