When preaching and upholding God’s love for His creatures many times, His everlasting justice is regularly “forgotten”. But the narrative is “all-reconciliation” and law, justice and judgment have no place.
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The love of God for His creatures is undeniable. However, according to popular teachings today, this love seems to be pretty much the only outstanding quality. “God loves all people” is true, but that does not mean that God will automatically save every person and give eternal life. But it is precisely this misinformation that is now standard in the large Protestant churches. God would purify sinners and they would be terribly affected and dismayed because of their knowledge of sin. This then represents “hell”. In the end there will be universal reconciliation and every person will go to the kingdom of heaven.
“Just be a good person, believe in Jesus Christ, and everything will be fine,” the statement said. This call could also have been taken from the Koran. Only baptism is the prerequisite for entering into an inseparable covenant with heaven and being accepted into the community of believers. The Evangelical Church in Germany (EDK) presented this simple recipe (Info). But this has nothing in common with the message of the Bible.
Because simply believing in “one” God is far from being the “big secret recipe”. The apostle James made this clear,James 2:19:
“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”
The demons believe in this one God and yet must tremble. Yes, are they not saved by their faith? No. So what’s the difference?
Love is inseparable from God. But justice is just as inseparable. But while God’s love is trumpeted to the world as all-forgiving, almost nothing is heard about justice, let alone associated with human salvation.
The righteousness of God is an eternal righteousness (Psalm 119:142). But for the apologists of a universal reconciliation of God, this justice is very inconvenient, because if one presents it as equal to the love of God, this hypothesis of a universal reconciliation bursts like a colorless soap bubble.
If there is justice, then there must also be injustice. How are both defined?
Iniquity is sin committed, according to1. John 5:17:
Now all that was missing was the definition of sin. 1 John 3:4:
“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.“
The Bible “Hope for All” writes it in an easier to understand way:
“Anyone who sins rebels against God and his commandments, because sinning means ignoring God’s commandments“.
Damit ist es klar. Lawlessness, or the violation of the law, is sin and with it man also practices injustice (against God and fellow human beings).
Finally, we just need to find out what these laws are. These are the 10 Commandments (Info). These can be found in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5.
God is love, is justice and yet is forgiving and merciful. This “feat,” because grace and justice are mutually exclusive, was only possible because of the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. Through the death of His only begotten Son, through His sacrifice and shedding of blood, this righteousness of God was exercised, for the wages of sin is death. Romans 6:23:
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.“
Jesus Christ, our Creator, took all our sins upon Himself and suffered the just punishment for them, death. With that, justice was served and the punishment was carried out. Jesus Christ Himself remained sinless in His human life and was therefore able to be resurrected in flesh and blood. But with His sacrifice He paid the price and bought for Himself the right to be able to exercise mercy despite maintaining justice.
However, Jesus Christ does not pour out this grace in a watering can, as many large churches suggest today. A sin that has been committed must be confessed and repented of in prayer to Jesus Christ. 1. John 1:9:
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.“
Since sin is directly related to the law (commandments) and no court can pass judgment without a law, it is obvious that God’s commandments are fully valid. Without the law there would be no sin at all, therefore no violation of the law and therefore there would be no injustice towards God or fellow human beings. This means that all apologists about “laws abolished by Jesus Christ” are also completely wrong.
Therein lies the problem. For anyone who emphasizes the justice of God, with which the law is inevitably linked, must also admit that the law has not been abolished. Matthew 5:18:
“For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”
That’s what Jesus Christ said. Do heaven and earth still exist today? Yes! Has everything already happened? No! The validity of God’s commandments cannot be described even more simply or clearly.
The message about the “love of God” is omnipresent. On the other hand, you hear almost nothing about the “justice of God”. The apostles received a clear commission,Acts 10:42:
“And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.“
The reason is clear, for the judgment of God will come upon ALL men,2. Corinthians 5:10:
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.“
The preachers in the Old Testament already said this,Ecclesiastes 12:14:
“For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.“
What is the difference between the demon who believes in God but has to tremble before God and the man who believes in God and is saved? John 14:15:
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.“
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.“
True faith is linked to voluntary obedience and thus also to automatic compliance with the commandments, because1. John 2:4:
“He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.“
The commandments of God are fully valid
The transgression of the law IS sin
The act of sin is injustice
God is merciful, but also eternally just
True faith is shown by keeping the commandments
Professed faith with ignorance of the commandments is a pseudo-faith
The ungodly (unbelievers, idolaters) perish
Outlaws (declaring commandments invalid) are lost
This judgment will be made in court
The basis for the court decision is the law
Bible verses from King James Version