GOD IS JEALOUS lest you think He is not just. “But I thought that when
He saves anyone He overlooks his sins.” Not at all. If that were true Christ
need not have died. The blood of Christ is a continual reminder of the
fact that God must do right even if He is Love. Did you ever think that
Christ’s death, first of all, was for God, and to display Him to us? Not
that God needed to be made just, but He needed to be justified in the eyes
of His creatures, and this means everything to Him. Before Christ’s death
He passed by sin. He tolerated it for the time being, but one of the main
benefits of Christ’s sacrifice was the vindication of His merciful acts
How Can A Man
Be Just With God?
how much more, then, shall it vindicate His grace now! For Christ has died,
He has risen, God is just, even when He justifies all who are of Jesus’
vindicated God! This is the One Who can vindicate you! Now note, it is
no question now of passing by sins, or of pardon—these
had their place once—now you can be acquitted,
what shall I do to get this grace?” Do! That is the wrong tense; it is
the wrong person - very bad grammar! Not “I do,” but “What has He done?”
That is the correct question. You have done your part, indeed, and a sorry
part it was!
has He done? Why, all things are of God. He has done everything. He created
you for Himself. He purposed that sin should come between you and Him.
He gave Christ to die on your behalf that He might vindicate His dealings
with you. And now He wishes to do one thing more. He wishes to make you
just. He will give you His own justness. It is the only possible justification
for your sins. He has done all.
is needed but your response. There is no doubt but that He will get it
eventually for “He wills the salvation of all” and no one can successfully
withstand His will forever. But why wait? Why not accept His gracious appeal
now? Remember that He justifies gratuitously—nothing
down, nothing forever. This same word is used of Christ. They hated Him
“without a cause.” So you may be vindicated—“without
a cause”—at least so far as you are concerned.
then, shall I do?” Thank Him! He needs not yours, but you! Not your hands
or your hoard, but your heart! All riches and power are His; you can give
Him nothing but your fealty and affection. And for this He condescends
to entreat you. Adore Him for His love!
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