God’s Justice

But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unjust who inflicts wrath? (I speak as a man.) Certainly not! For then how will God judge the world?” (Romans 3:5-6).

God’s wrath is a most unpleasant subject. Yet, without it, Calvary is either utter nonsense or extreme masochism.

The argument which contends that because human sin is an essential ingredient to divine salvation, impenitent sinners who refuse to obey the gospel (especially those of the family of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) ought not be punished is “Certainly NOT!” true.

The argument is neither true nor valid.

It is certainly true that the gospel magnifies the beauty of God’s righteousness in bold and blessed contrast to the ugliness of human unrighteousness. It is also “Certainly NOT!” true that God is unjust in including sinful Jews in His universal condemnation of all human ungodliness and unrighteousness.

If exceptions based upon ancestry are made to those who God condemns, He clearly is an unjust respecter of persons (which is “Certainly NOT!” true—Romans 2:11). God’s offer of righteousness through the gospel to the Jews and Gentiles is logically coherent only if there is universal judgment of all sinners. Being a blood relative of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob does not propitiate God’s righteous wrath for sin.

Only the blood of Jesus does.

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Author: jchowning

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