Monday, November 22, 2010

God's Justice and Mercy Irreconcilable?

How do we reconcile God's justice and God's mercy?

Psalm 103:10 says, "He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities."

But Psalm 33:5 says, "The LORD loves righteousness and justice."

How can God be just and not punish us for our sins?

The New Testament gives us the answer to this conundrum.
  • He doesn’t temper his wrath and justice against our sins.
  • He just tempers his wrath and justice against us.
  • How does that make sense? It makes sense because our sins are transferred to Christ.
  • All sins are dealt with to the full. Those who don’t know Christ will pay for their own sins in the judgment to come. But Christ has paid for the sins of those who belong to him, and he has paid for them in full.

He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities because he treated Jesus in that manner on our behalf. And Jesus willingly took that cross upon himself.

At the cross a great exchange took place: Jesus got our sins, and we got his righteousness. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 1 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)

Praise the Lord that, in you are a Christian, instead of wrath and justice you get mercy instead. Praise the Lord who went to the cross to propitiate God, to atone for your sins, to divert the heat of God’s wrath from you to himself.

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