It would not be an understatement to say that God is the Highest Judge in all existence. One of the main attributes of God is His Justice. Yes, God is love and He is full of mercy and kindness. But His great love demands Justice, hence, we will do well to consider the attributes of God-His justice.
Justice is defined in Merriam-Webster as the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments.(1) The key phrase in this definition is: “administration of what is just…” A God Who is the very essence of Perfect Love cannot deny the Justness in His Character.
According to Psalm 11:7, God is a righteous judge; it says:
For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face.(NIV)
Here we find the scripture teaching that the reason God administers justice is because He is righteous and loves justice. God really is fair and true and honest. We can depend on the fairness of God. It really is apart of His character. Although many of us have judged God as not being fair and not administering justice in the world, nothing could be farther from the truth.
The reason evil people are allowed to prosper and seem to get away with doing horrible things to good people is due to the eternal plan of God. God is sees things in terms of eternality and not time. Therefore, He uses even the wrath of man to fulfill His eternal plan of justice, redemption, and deliverance. Consider Psalm 76:10, which says,
Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.(KJV)
Think about how God brought the Savior (Jesus) into the world through the nation of Israel. He had to purge the idolatry out of Israel by letting them be taken captive multiple times by wicked and perverse nations like the Babylonians, for example. He could have wiped these nations out before His people, but He allowed these extremely wicked and violent people to chastise His people and cause them to start to depend upon Him and not on their worldly wisdom, might, or treasure.
He allowed the Romans to conquer and control the known world because they would (unbeknownst to them) bring Israel to a place where she was ready to receive the Messiah. Provide the cross as the means for Christ’s divine sacrifice to take place. Then, build highways that would later be used to transport the gospel around the world. All of this was accomplished because God had the eternal picture in mind. Yet, His justice would eventually prevail.
Yes, God did later judge these nations and bring them to their knees by other nations that were even stronger and more fierce than themselves. He had His prophets foretell of the destruction and punishment of these nations who stood against His righteousness (Jeremiah 50: 1-23). One thing that has always been certain was the fact that eventually everybody would face the judgment of their deeds by God.
The statistic is that 10 out of 10 people will die. Once this occurs there is either harsh punishment or great reward.
We who are alive may not see what takes place, but an eternal nightmare awaits for those who practiced wickedness while they lived on Earth and refused to accept the work that Jesus accomplished on the cross for their sins. So they die thinking they got away with sin and they are driven through a bright tunnel that eventually leads to the gates of hell where the screams of millions are suddenly apparent and demonic monsters torture and burn them in unquenchable fire. No hope of escape
NO EVIL DOES NOT PAY!
God knows that all of this horror is taking place, therefore, He gives people plenty of love, and mercy, and room to repent to persuade them (while there is still time) that it is God’s Way or No Way At All. He provided a way in Jesus to satisfy His Great Justice and, at the same time, Save the world from a horrible and hopeless eternality. This is one of the attributes of God-His justice.
By accepting Jesus Christ and the love of God in your heart, God will look at you Just-As-If-You-Had-Not-Sinned. The suffering of Jesus on the cross was that important to God.
How do we repay God for this great act of love and justice:
- By believing in our hearts that Jesus took our place (the punishment for our sins) and confessing with our mouths that God raise Jesus from dead and He is alive forevermore.
- Next, by asking God to forgive our sins and cleanse us with the precious blood of Jesus. And come to live inside our hearts.
- Then, by living for Him with the Help of the Holy Spirit Who God sends as our Guide and Comforter once we are saved.
- Finally, by continuing to believe that Jesus’ work on the cross is what brought us in to God’s family in the first place and what keeps us in His family.
Now we see how a loving God handles justice. A-MEN!
1. Merriam-Webster; http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/justice