Is God Fair?
Is God unfair? The ungodly and sometimes we Christians in our weaker moments have no problem charging God with unfairness. How dare we! Paul, dealing with the ungodly as they hurl their charges of unfairness towards God, writes in Romans 9:20 “Nay, but O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to Him that formed it say, ‘Why have You made me thus?”
Those introductory questions, lead us into our current studies in Proverbs as we come to the 11th chapter and are introduced to the theme of the justice of God. We read in Proverbs 11:1 “A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is His delight.”
God is fair and just. He loves honesty and fairness. He hates dishonesty and cheating and so should we.
Anyone who understands the truth of Justification should understand and appreciate the truth that God in infinitely fair in His dealings with us.
Let me ask you a question. Is God fair when He condemns all of humanity as fallen, sinners because of Adam’s sin six thousands years ago?
CONSIDER THE OPTIONS
1. God could have overlooked our sins. Is that possible? In no way! A holy just God cannot overlook sin. Sin must be punished. God had warned Adam, “In the day you eat of that fruit you shall surely die!” God is holy and as such He cannot overlook and excuse sin.
2. God could have allowed every man to stand or fall on his own merit. I’m so glad God did not choose that option. Yes, it would have been fair and just. But no one can stand before God. As sons and daughters of Adam, we have inherited his sinful nature. There would have been no hope for anyone.
3. And so God in His love and justice chose to save us through a Representative. That Representative was no less than God Himself come down in a human body, the Lord Jesus! Jesus took our place and bore our sins in His own body on the cross and then God took Jesus’ perfect righteousness and put it to the account of every sinner who would come in humility before God as a sinner and put his trust in Jesus as His Representative and Saviour.
WHY DID GOD CHOOSE TO SAVE US THROUGH CHRIST?
As the entire human race fell into sin and condemnation in the person of Adam, so all those who put their trust in the Second Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ, are freed from the condemnation of sin and are given the Gift of eternal life through Christ. Read Romans 4:12-21 Underline the words, one and many and all. Read that passage again and ask God to help you grasp the truth of one, many and all, as I have just explained to you.
IS IT FAIR FOR GOD TO DECLARE YOU PERFECTLY RIGHTEOUS AND FIT FOR HEAVEN IN THE PERSON OF CHRIST, THE SECOND ADAM?
No, it is not fair! It is MORE THAN FAIR! It is GRACE! It is ultimately the only way God could save us and declare us perfectly righteous and fit for Heaven. If this is not yet clear to you read Romans chapter 5 over again until you grasp it. Read this message over again until you see that this is the only way God could have saved us. For you to miss this truth is to remain lost in your sins with no hope of salvation. God is gracious. He gives us far more than we deserve. Listen to Paul rejoice in the wonderful grace of God as you read it in Romans 11:32-36.
Revelation 15:3 tells us that the day is coming when we will join the Saints throughout the ages in singing together the Song of the Lamb, “Great and marvelous are Thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of Saints.” Can you sing that song of The Lamb, (the Lord Jesus) who was slaughtered on the cross for your sins? If your trust is in Christ, you can start singing that song from the depths of your heart right now, even as you will throughout eternity in Heaven.
Concluding where we started in Proverbs 11:1, no wonder God delights in a just weight. God is absolutely just. But He is more than that. He is loving and gracious.
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