God’s justice is balanced by his mercy and forgiveness

Posted: July 11, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Discipleship

“Jesus bore the punishment for our sins, took our place on the cross, and paid the price for us by his suffering and death. If he had not dies for us, we would have had to die for our own sins, and would have been destroyed by their unbearable weight. Instead, we have been forgiven and promised that. just as Jesus was raised from the dead, we shall be raised with him to share in his eternal glory. Those who protest that it was wrong of God the Father to send Jesus to his death have a point, because he had done nothing to deserve it. But before criticizing God for punishing Jesus, they should also protest that we have been unjustly spared our punishment because Jesus bore it for us. The death of Christ reveals to us the true nature of God, who does not condemn those whom he loves without providing the means to rescue them from condemnation. God’s justice is balanced by his mercy and forgiveness, and nowhere is this more true than on the cross of Jesus Christ.”

— Gerald Bray
God Is Love
(Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2012), 587

HT:OFI

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