How often do people dwell on the justice of God? Admittedly, I will say that I do not as much as I should. Rather than thinking or speaking about God being Just, we like to think of His more pleasing attributes. These attributes that we like to dwell on are His Love, Mercy, Goodness, Holiness, Grace, etc. But, if our minds and words only include these attributes we miss the whole picture of who God is.
Recently, I have been reading Jonathan Edwards’ sermon, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. It has to be one of the best sermons concerning the justice of the Just God. This sermon really gets at the heart of what sin is. It is an offense to a Holy and Righteous God. The result of sin is destruction, death, and condemnation. God’s justice is very much active. It is not idle. It does not sleep (2 Peter2:3). The truth of God’s justice is seen throughout Scripture. God doesn’t change who He is from the Old Testament to the New Testament. It isn’t as if God the Father is full of wrath and Jesus is full of love. In fact, who will be the one that is going to judge the living and the dead on the Last Day? Christ. So, God isn’t bipolar and neither is He mutable (changeable). He remains the same yesterday, today, and forever.
God’s justice is a real thing. It is a harsh reality for those who oppose God. If you are not in Christ this justice will not be pleasant for you. It is held over you right now because of your sin. Read what Edwards preached:
Your wickedness makes you as it were heavy as lead, and to tend downwards with great weight and pressure towards hell; and if God should let you go, you would immediately sink and swiftly descend and plunge into the bottomless gulf, and your healthy constitution, and your own care and prudence, and best contrivance, and all your righteousness, would have no more influence to uphold you and keep you out of hell, than a spider’s web would have to stop a falling rock. Were it not for the sovereign pleasure of God, the earth would not bear you one moment; for you are a burden to it; the creation groans with you; the creature is made subject to the bondage of your corruption, not willingly; the sun does not willingly shine upon you to give you light to serve sin and Satan; the earth does not willingly yield her increase to satisfy your lusts; nor is it willingly a stage for your wickedness to be acted upon; the air does not willingly serve you for breath to maintain the flame of life in your vitals, while you spend your life in the service of God’s enemies. God’s creatures are good, and were made for men to serve God with, and do not willingly subserve to any other purpose, and groan when they are abused to purposes so directly contrary to their nature and end. And the world would spew you out, were it not for the sovereign hand of him who hath subjected it in hope. There are the black clouds of God’s wrath now hanging directly over your heads, full of the dreadful storm, and big with thunder; and were it not for the restraining hand of God, it would immediately burst forth upon you. The sovereign pleasure of God, for the present, stays his rough wind; otherwise it would come with fury, and your destruction would come like a whirlwind, and you would be like the chaff on the summer threshing floor.
God cannot stand sin. It is the biggest offense to who He is. As a Holy God, sin is not welcome anywhere near him. Should you persist in your sin Hell is your final destination. Not all roads lead to heaven or to God. Christ is the only way. Christ paid the penalty we deserved. He took our place. He died on the cross bearing our sin and faced the wrath of His Father for our sin. His sacrifice is sufficient to get you into Heaven. In Christ, the Justice of the Just is pleasant because God will not forsake those who seek him. Trust in Christ’s life-saving work.