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The Demands Of Justice


2 Thessalonians 1:6 states that God is just.


"God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you"


God does not only act justly.  He is just.  His very essence is Just.  He has no other alternative, then, but to demand an accounting of humanity's sin, a verdict of guilty, and a sentence of eternal death.  If He fails to exercise justice, He fails to be just, and thus, He violates His very nature.  In short, He fails to be God.  With this in mind, read Nahum 1:2.


"The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord takes vengeance and is fierce in wrath. The Lord takes vengeance against his foes; he is furious with his enemies."


Nahum 1:2 states that God exhibits fierce jealous wrath by avenging His enemies.  Many struggle over this portrayal of a loving God.  Some say it's an Old Testament portrayal, but it's not.  Hebrews 12:29 reads:  


"... for our God is a consuming fire."


Now read Hebrews 13:8.   


"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever."


Understanding that Jesus was God in a human form while on earth, and He is God in some kind of super-human form now, I conclude that the essence of God remains constant.  He, therefore, is a consuming fire that exhibits jealous fierce wrath against His foes today as He did in Nahum's day.  Of course, God's jealous wrath cannot be understood in terms of our human jealous wrath that stems from sin.  It's based on God being just and the owner of creation.  God is, thus, justified in avenging those who oppose Him and that which is His. 


It is God, not us, who avenges His enemies.  Both present and past history shows us that as Christians we often take vengeance into our own hands.  That's not our job.  Hebrews 10:30 reads:


"For we know the one who has said, Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, and again, The Lord will judge his people."


God being just was demonstrated on the cross of Christ, which in fact, was a legal transaction.  Justice demands an accounting, a verdict, and a sentencing.  God, the Universal Judge, pronounced the verdict of guilty and the sentence of eternal death on all that is human.  That being so, His love motivated Him to be the recipient of His own fierce jealous wrath.  He pronounced the verdict of guilty and the sentencing of death on Himself.  Justice was facilitated through His act of sacrificial love.


These Biblical facts remain.  God is just.  Justice demands an accounting, a verdict, and a sentencing.  God, not us, must then, avenge all of His enemies, whether national or individual, with a demonstration of fierce jealous wrath (Revelation 18, 19, and 21).  It is the demands of justice by a God who is just.

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