THE BALANCE OF JUSTICE AND GRACE
"Listen to me, My people; and give ear to Me, O My nation: for law will proceed from Me, and I will make My justice rest as a light of the peoples. My righteousness is near, My salvation has gone forth, and My arms will judge the peoples." Isaiah 51:4,5
A friend of mine asked me the other day about my view on God's justice and His grace toward us and if there is a balance as if one is used more than the other. Because many of my messages are about God's justice it is not because I don't believe in His grace, because by it I was born again!
To understand justice/judgment and grace, one has to see the whole picture of why God, although a just God has given us the gift of His grace. Actually we have justice and grace because of Satan who rebelled against the Most High and for what Adam and Eve did in the garden by their act of disobedience. Hell was prepared for the devil and his angels and never intended for man, and grace was given that mankind could escape the judgment of God coming to Him in repentance.
All have sinned because of Adam's disobedience and God's wrath can only be satisfied by the shedding of innocent blood. Jesus was the sacrifice for our sin and He stood in for us to whom the judgment was due. As Jesus died on the cross, His blood satisfied God's judgment on sin and set those who repent and believe free from its deadly hold.
For sin shall not have dominion (supreme authority) over you, for you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:14
THE JUDGMENT OF GOD
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our lord. Romans 6:23
Because God is love, people tend to think He is soft on sin, and because He loves the world so much that He gave His own begotten Son that we might live eternally many have a distorted view of the Most High. God loves sinners but hates their sin, but if they don't choose to receive His gift of grace they will spend eternity in Hell!
This is the justice of a holy God, the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience, but His wrath is satisfied by the blood of Jesus when a sinner repents and comes to Him in obedience. Because the gospel of Jesus Christ has been perverted, distorted and sugarcoated, millions will spend eternity in Hell. Greedy preachers have led people in worthless prayers, baptized them and made them think because they joined the church all would be well, but all isn't well because if they weren't convicted by the Holy Spirit of their sins they were not saved!
The churches are full of people who are lost, thinking that because they muttered a little prayer or walked an isle that they were saved and secure in the everlasting arms of Jesus, but that is a lie from the pits of Hell! Without repentance there is no salvation and without a transformation from darkness to light there is no fruit of a new creation being born again and delivered from sin.
"For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. "And this is the condemnation, that the light (Jesus) has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." John 3:17-19
THE GIFT OF GRACE
But God, who is rich in mercy because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ and raised us up together, and made us sit together, in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-7
Grace is defined as the undeserved favor of God, a gift that allows the repentant sinner access into the very presence and forgiveness of the Most High, without which, we would all perish in damnation. When one is convicted of his sinful life by Holy Spirit his conscience is touched and he comes to God to be forgiven of his trespasses and iniquities, and by grace he receives it.
You can ask the average person, lost or saved if they will go to Heaven when they die and most will respond by saying, "I hope so, or I have led a good life, or I am a good person." Sorry, none of those answers will do, only this one will suffice: I have been born again and transformed into a new creation in Christ by His grace, believing in His death burial and resurrection, having repented of my sins.
Unless there is a visible sign of a repentant life and a subsequent hunger for God there can be no salvation. When one is born again he becomes a new creation in Christ, old things, sinful habits, thought life and old acquaintances pass away and all things become new! From a worm to a butterfly, the supernatural metamorphosis changes a person from sinner to saint and from darkness into light in the Lord! (If you have doubts about your salvation experience then repent and come to God with all of your heart, confessing your sins and give your life to Him in obedience by making Him Lord, Master and Supreme Commander of your life!)
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin