Through His Acts Of Justice He Made Himself Known To Us

By: Curtis Ophoven 0 Comments   3/20/2013

There is no court room above God's, no judge that can overrule him.   He is the ultimate judge over all of us, and one day we will all face his court room where he will hear our case and justice will be carried out.

This is what scripture tells us in Matthew 12:36. 

Every one of us wants justice to be served, in fact we demand it.  We demand that our legal system be as just as it can be so that every crime is deserving of its punishment.

When someone does something wrong against us, we demand justice.  We become angry when someone gets away with something they have done. 

The reason we demand justice is because we were created in God’s image and he demands justice.  We feel the pain of evil when it comes against us and we demand justice to compensate us for our pain.  The good news is that no one really gets away with anything.  Although at times it may look like they did, the Lord has already promised to hold everyone accountable to everything they have done. 

But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken”- Matt 12:36

Our demand for justice is because of our ability to understand that evil is the source of pain in this world.  We realize that good and evil exist because of the destruction that evil causes, but yet evil is within each of us and therefore we cannot truly judge each other.  Our minds are clouded with our own wickedness.   

We Are Incapable Of Justice

This is why we need someone else to bring justice to the world.  Someone whose mind is not clouded with the wickedness that we are born with. Someone who is without sin and therefore capable of judging fairly, with grace and truth – without envy or anger.  For this reason God appointed Christ to judge us.

He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead.” – Acts 10:42

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” – 2 Cor. 5:10

When we demand justice, we are really demanding a Holy God.  Whenever we demand justice, we are demanding that God bring justice because we know we are not capable of it.

Wickedness does not exist within God.  His intentions of justice are for the benefit of all parties involved.  His punishments are for our benefit as well as for the benefit of others involved.  He also judges each one of us the same way and by the same standard, because he loves each one of us – he does not have favorites.  He does not hate us, no matter what we have done. 

When he kicked 1/3 of the angels out of heaven with Satan in Genesis some years ago, he didn’t do it out of hatred for them.  Hatred has never been found within him.  He is pure love and his actions always flow from his nature of love.  

There is an interesting story in Revelations of these creatures that have eyes covering their bodies and they gaze at the Lord Day and night, looking at him from every angle and trying to see all that they can and yet they cannot find anything that is not holy. 

Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come” – Revelations 4:8

His Kingdom Will Last Forever

The reason no nation or kingdom on earth will last very long is because no ruler is just.  A kingdom without justice cannot stand.  This is why the kingdom of Christ will last forever.

You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob's descendants forever; his kingdom will never end."” – Luke 1:31-33

The Lord will always be known for his justice.

The LORD is known by his acts of justice” – Psalm 9:16

It is through his acts of justice that he has made himself known to us.

"God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood--to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus." – Romans 3:26

And it is through acts of justice that he is exalted and proven to be holy.

But the LORD Almighty will be exalted by his justice, and the holy God will be proved holy by his righteous acts.” – Isaiah 5:16

Current Catalog

Reader Comments

Be the first to leave a comment!
Write a Comment

Please keep comments civil and on-topic. Abusive or inappropriate comments will be removed without warning.

 Name (required)   
 Email Address (required)   
 Website URL 
Raised with Christ: How the Resurrection Changes Everything

The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead separates Christianity from all mere religion. The resurrection of Christ was the greatest event in history, because it changes everything and give us a future. That future is the source of hope that allows us to live, bold and courageous lives, knowing that the plan of the Lord has been revealed to us and he has included us both now and in the future to be part of his kingdom. Without the resurrection, we would not have a purpose in the future or a reason for the present.

How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels

Wright's claim that Jesus becoming king is the point of the gospels may not sound all that shocking to readers upon first glance. Wright is really saying is that the story goes all the way back to creation, when sin entered the world and gained a legal foothold on earth, in which Christ gained back on the cross, dethroning all other claims of rulers on earth. History is not unfolding based on our work. Wright shows us that Christ is not going to rule some day in the future, but he is already King, actively and involved, unfolding history according to his plan.

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

This book is “written for those who want more Jesus. It is for those who are bored with what American Christianity offers. It is for those who don't want to plateau, who would rather die before their convictions do." It is a book that is meant to change the way Christians live their lives. The first theme is that we must painstakingly examine ourselves. To put it plainly, churchgoers who are `lukewarm' are not Christians. The second theme is deeply counter-cultural. Chan argues that the Christians, who believe in the works of Jesus, would not be pursuing material wealth but would be focused on telling others about Christ.

The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus

This book effectively equips Christians to witness to their friends, neighbors, and families using the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. Habermas and Licona begin with a discussion about the importance of the resurrection of Jesus to Christianity. Then this book takes several arguments that attempt to dispute the resurrection of Christ and explains why they are unreasonable given the evidence we have.