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March 5 – My Sin Will Be Punished

March 5, 2012

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men…”Rom 1:18

The wrath of God being poured out on the unrepentant wicked is a necessary and righteous judgment that flows from God’s infinitely holy nature.  Justice must be served!

Justice is not a foreign concept, even within the laws of this land.  When a crime is committed, I expect the legal system to find, arrest and try in a court of law the guilty party.  I expect the system to be fair (just), and if found guilty, I expect the guilty to pay for their crime.  I also expect the penalty to be appropriate for the offence.  Of course, this is where our legal system, as good as it may be, cannot equal the justice of God.  Where the judgments of man may be weak and even insufficient, God’s justice is perfect, complete and wholly righteous!  I expect justice from our legal system, so why would I expect a pass (for my actions) from our Holy, Just God?

God has always demanded justice for wrongs committed.  Under the old Law, a major portion of the Law was about appropriate (the right) punishment for the sin.  Justice, as a judicial act of God under the Old Law, encompassed the idea of “an eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth.”   Eternally speaking, the same is true (and has to be, due to His nature).  He has declared that justice must be served upon mankind.  Ecclesiastes 12:14 – For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.

Punishment has been executed many times throughout history in the Bible.  As surely as sin was punished in Bible times, it will be punished today.  That being said, in light of an eternity spent with Him, it is not possible for me to live eternally in Heaven, where He dwells, if I still have sin in my life. This leaves me with a dilemma… Because I are guilty of sin (true for all of mankind), the penalty for sin must be paid; I am, therefore, responsible.

Two facts to consider:  a.  The penalty for my sin must be paid for.  b.  God’s holiness will not permit injustice.

The Bible says in 1 John 3:4, “Sin is the transgression of God’s Law.”  James 2:10 says, “For whoever shall keep all the Law, but stumbles in one, he has become guilty of all.”

So the question is asked, “Why, in view of eternal damnation for man, does God not just extend His saving mercy to everyone?”  The answer is that God indeed freely extends His offer of mercy to all, but He cannot make it mandatory without violating man’s free will.  He cannot violate His own nature.  2 Tim. 2:13 says, …he cannot deny himself.”

Further study in Ex. 34:6-7 and Ezek. 18:1-9 reveals that every individual is responsible for his own sins.

But an even more pertinent question for me is: “Why, in view of eternal damnation for man, do I not expend more effort to make sure that every human being on earth knows that God’s mercy is available to them through Christ’s death upon the cross?

The Apostle Paul said it like this… 2 Cor. 5:11, Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men;”

Heb 10:31 says, It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

… More on how to deal with my sin tomorrow, Lord willing.

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