▼ Show Notes
God’s governance is challenging for us Americans to understand. We are accustomed to three distinct branches of government with an executive branch that oversees the execution of the law, a legislative branch that created and continues to create the law, and a judicial branch that administers justice according to the law. Governments in antiquity didn’t operate that way, and God doesn’t operate that way. God accomplishes all three of those functions by His very nature, His essence. He is Jehovah, He gave the law, and He is the Judge administering justice. He doesn’t require checks and balances. He has to be true to His essence. There is no wavering whatsoever in Him. We talked about His immutability and many other attributes, his nature, and we know that He administers justice perfectly.
God’s Role as Judge
Most of us are warmed by many of God’s attributes; His mercy, grace, love, omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, and so on. But we don’t often think about his role as Judge or His justice. God’s work as Judge is often discussed in Scripture. This attribute of God is discussed much more often than his patience and many other attributes.
God’s justice requires the rewarding of good with good and evil with punishment. This is called retributive justice. God’s righteousness and justice are similar in that they are based on His moral rightness – His essence. So, in Scripture, we see that righteousness and justification have similar roots and meanings.
God is entirely just, and His justice permeates His other attributes. It is not compromised whatsoever. Jesus Christ is the perfect representation of God’s justice and righteousness. The Gospel satisfies God’s justice through His grace and mercy, and we discuss this in this powerful episode of Relentless Truth.
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