Theology: GOD IS JUST

 

To put it in the vernacular, “Your gonna get yer just desserts.” To put it in the vernacular in the reverse, “He’s gonna get his just desserts.”

Strong tells us, “By justice and righteousness we mean the transitive holiness of God, in virtue of which His treatment of His creatures conforms to the purity of His nature, righteousness demanding from all moral beings conformity to the moral perfection of God, and Justice visiting non-conformity to that perfection with penal loss and suffering.” (Strong’s Systematic Theology)

Cambron states, “Justice is judicial holiness — that judicial act of god which demands the penalty for those who have not measured up to the righteous commands of God.” (Cambron, Mark G. D.D.; “BIBLE DOCTRINES”; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1954, p 50)

God’s justice is activated by His righteousness. All non-conformity to His perfection will be met with personal loss and/or suffering. When God acts in a just manner, He is not rewarded for doing right. He has acted within and in keeping with His own character and nature. He by nature is just and can do no other than justly.

God’s justice is seen in the following texts: Zephaniah 3:5,

“The just Lord is in the midst of her; he will not do iniquity; every morning doth he bring his justice to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame.”

Deuteronomy 32:4,

“He is the Rock, his work is perfect; for all his ways are justice; a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.”

God’s justice is just in a perfect manner. He cannot be unjust. He will meet out justice to the saved and lost alike. To the lost there is final judgment by works, yet no matter how good the works, the lost person will still be in eternal torment. Good works are as filthy rags. How does this judging by works, yet eternally tormented, work? We don’t know because the Scripture is silent on the subject. Some feel that there will be levels of torment, however there are no proof texts for this thought. It is only a logical deduction from the facts that we have.

To the saved there is final judgment of our works, yet no matter how good the works the saved person will feel them insignificant in light of seeing the Lord. The result of good works for the believer is reward. We might add also, that no matter how poor the good works, the eternal salvation is not affected — only the reward of the individual.

APPLICATION

1. Since God is all knowing and He knows how people treat us — since He is completely just and will see to it that just desserts are set — then why do we spend so much time wondering, worrying and fretting over how so and so feels about us? Or what so and so said about us? God is the great settler of scores. He will settle ALL accounts.

Now, we all know what I have been saying, but the hard part is committing these types of things to Him for His final work. We tend to try to hang onto those things and find little ways of getting back — in a nice way of course. Leave It Up To God And You Will Find More Peace.

2. On the reverse of what we have just mentioned. If you see an account that is long overdue for settling, don’t argue with God, don’t fret with God and don’t question God in his not dealing with the person. God knows what is best in every situation and may desire to allow something to go on longer than you think He should. He Is The Settler Of All Accounts, As Well As The Settler Of All Accounts, When He Is Ready To Settle Them.

3. I can relax in my own confidence that if I have truly sought God’s will and have truly attempted to the best of my knowledge to do right, that God will be the one that will show me up to be right or wrong.

There is nothing that any person can say that should shake me or cause me concern. When we all gather round, He will be the one that sets all records straight.

This is probably one of the great lessons of the book of Job. He was faced with several very intelligent, spiritual men who knew what his problem was. They felt free to tell him as well. Indeed, you will have those that will tell you in what area you have erred. God will set them straight when the time comes.

Job in the end was justified and all knew that he had done nothing wrong to deserve such troubles. There may be times when people become very vicious in their attacks upon you — relax and know that you have done correctly and that God will do correctly at His appointed time.

A pastor in California told me of a man in his church that was very opposed to the pastor. He thought the pastor was wrong and that God wanted the pastor to leave. The man worked in the church as hard as he could to move the congregation to ask for the pastor’s resignation. He finally was satisfied when the pastor, in total frustration over the unresponsiveness of the congregation, resigned. I arrived at the church the night of the pastor’s going away party. The man in question unloaded his burden on me and admitted that he had been wrong. He had, since the pastor’s resignation, tried to convince the congregation that they really did need the pastor. It was too late and the damage was done. The pastor left.

The point? That pastor does not need to worry and relive that man’s wrong. That pastor needs only to allow the Lord to settle the accounts. Indeed, the man had already settled with the Lord through confession and forgiveness, though he may suffer loss of reward for that period of his life.

4. In looking through these many attributes of the Lord, I have been time and time again impressed with the idea that all His attributes function so smoothly together. For example his holiness meshes well with His justice to bring about the punishment of those that sin.

Tozer makes a point that is very important and it is in relation to this line of thinking. “God’s being is unitary; it is not composed of a number of parts working harmoniously, but simply one.” (Tozer, A.W.; “The Knowledge Of The Holy”; Lincoln, NE: Back to the Bible, 1961, p 94) His attributes are not a list of characteristics that work harmoniously together but His very nature is the sum and substance of all these attributes.

His attributes are not separable, but are a unit.[1]


[1] Stanley L. Derickson Ph.D. B.A. (n.d.). DERICKSON’S NOTES ON THEOLOGY: A STUDY BOOK IN THEOLOGY.

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