Message 5 - By Jerry D. Green

The Justice of God


The righteousness of God as revealed in the gospel (Romans 1:17) may be more readily understood if we substitute the word justice for the word righteousness.  It’s very true that in the gospel, the righteousness of God is revealed. But for some, and for this message, the word righteousness may not quite convey to today’s English speakers, what is actually meant in this verse of scripture.  The word justice, as used in a court of law, more accurately portrays the intent of the writer than does the word righteousness.  Hopefully this little note will help the reader to better understand the message.  (The Greek word that was translated righteousness in Romans 1:17 is Strong’s #1343, of which Thayer’s Lexicon says this:

1343  dikaiosune-

1) in a broad sense: state of him who is as he ought to be, righteousness, the condition acceptable to God

a) the doctrine concerning the way in which man may attain a state approved of God

b) integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking feeling, and acting

2) in a narrower sense, justice or the virtue which gives each his due


 (This message was formerly titled, “It’s Not Your Fault.”)

The Justice of God

“For I am not ashamed of THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST: for IT is the POWER of God unto SALVATION to EVERYONE that believeth (IT); to the Jew first, and also to the Greek (the Gentiles). For therein (in the true gospel of Christ) is the righteousness (the JUSTICE) of God revealed… .

Children, when asked about some happening which was not supposed to have happened, will usually answer, it wasn’t me, or it wasn’t my fault. Whether it is his fault or not, man does not like to be responsible for his actions.  Even when he is caught red handed, as the saying goes, man will usually try to excuse himself one way or another. It is just in the nature of man to be that way.

Well, I have some good news for you. It’s not your fault that you are a sinner.  You were born that way. You inherited that nature from your fallen father Adam.  It’s his fault that ALL of us were born that way, and that way is called sin, or the sin nature, and is the root cause we either are, or were, all sinners. We are NOT sinners because we commit sin; rather, we commit, or have committed sin, or sins because we were all born sinners; born in sin,  born of an old, fallen, Adamic sin nature (Psalm 51:5; Ephesians 2:3).

Now the bad news: God cannot, does not, and will not tolerate sin; no matter whose fault it is. Sin can never fellowship with God. Sin was what caused Adam and Eve to lose fellowship with Him. Man, throughout the centuries of time since Adam has tried to restore fellowship with God, through every possible means of religion he could contrive; all to no avail. God will never accept that which is OF that old fallen, fleshly, sin nature; because it is cursed of God. (We are NOT speaking of the physical body.).

For many years I read the account of Cain, Abel, and their sacrifices and wondered why Cain’s sacrifice was not accepted (Genesis 4:2-5). Then one day as I was studying those scriptures I discovered something I had not noticed before.  Just a few verses back (in the preceding chapter; Genesis 3:17) God had cursed the ground because of Adam’s transgression.  I don’t know how much instruction God had given Adam and his family concerning offerings, or if He had given them any at all, but I do know Cain’s sacrifice was coming forth from that which had been cursed.  No wonder it was not acceptable to God.

I see the same thing taking place in the church today. The church has adopted the world’s way of doing things. They use worldly entertainment to draw people (instead of the Holy Ghost; John 6:44). They play upon the emotion to get people to an altar where they repeat a prayer which is supposed to assure their salvation.  The blood of Jesus, the Christ and his cross are never mentioned. There is only a message that God loves you so much He will forgive you and accept you into heaven just as you are (sin and all).  They use the tactics of Las Vegas to get people to bring their money to them. For every dollar you give you will receive ten fold or a hundred fold. All fleshly means are used to allegedly promote and build the kingdom of God.  But Jesus said, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6). Flesh begets flesh, therefore, everything that flesh produces is flesh; and God has said, “…no flesh shall glory in my presence” (I Corinthians 1:29).  All of this brings up the question, what spirit is operating the signs, wonders, and miracles which are so promoted today? Could it possibly be “…another spirit…, which the apostle Paul speaks of, that comes with the preaching of “…another Jesus…” and “…another gospel…” (II Corinthians 11:4)? I must conclude that it is.  Even though we may be what one would call good people, religious or not, if it is of the flesh (the old sinful nature) it is altogether unacceptable to God.

To be saved, one has to have heard and believed from the heart the true gospel of Jesus Christ, which “…IS the POWER of God unto SALVATION…” (Romans 1:16).  And because God is a JUST God, salvation must require no more effort on our part than the fall did for Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve believed the lie of the serpent (the devil; John 8:44) and they ate. The fall from life to sin and death was sure, not only to them, but to their seed after them forever (all mankind). Now Adam and Eve had a choice. Their seed, forever (which includes you and me), had no choice in the matter.  We were, as the psalmist said,  “…shapen in iniquity, and in SIN…” were we conceived (Psalm 51:5).  We were born in sin; born of a fallen, fleshly, sinful nature. Yet the law entered which says, “The soul that sinneth, …shall die…” (Ezekiel 18:20).  All sinners MUST die, even though it wasn’t our fault.  The sentence of death, the …condemnation… (Strong’s #2631, “an adverse sentence, [or death verdict];” John 3:18; Romans 8:1) of “the law of God” was upon everyone of us.  Jesus said, Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill (them; Matthew 5:17).  This may not sound encouraging, but wait, Romans 3:24-26 says, “Being JUSTIFIED freely (without cost, price, money; Isaiah 52:3) by His (God’s) grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation (a mercy seat, an atoning victim [or sacrifice]) through faith in His (Jesus’) blood, to declare His (God’s) righteousness (His JUSTICE) for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say at this time His (God’s) righteousness (or JUSTICE): that He… (God, might) be JUST, AND the JUSTIFIER of him (whosoever that wills) …which believeth in Jesus.”  God Himself would be unjust to cast us into hell, if we had no alternative, because it wasn’t our fault we were born in sin.  But in His great love, wisdom, and JUSTICE, He made a way of escape for us (if we so choose).  He prepared a sacrificial body for the Word of God, the Christ, the cocreator of all things, John 1:3, 14; born into a natural, physical body called Jesus the Christ, the Son of God; Hebrews 10:4-10; Psalm 40:6) and He (Jesus, the Christ, the living Word of God) stood in the gap for us (Ezekiel 22:30; Isaiah 59:16). Having no sin and therefore no condemnation (no sentence of death) upon Him, He died the death for us all (thus satisfying [through fulfilling] the adverse sentence or death verdict of the law which was upon us all) in that all who truly believe the gospel (the good news of what He did for us at Calvary) died in Him (in union with Him). And that’s just part of the good news. In Him, we were and are also “…planted together…” (i.e., buried; Romans 6:5) with Him.  Our old man of sin (the sin nature) was put away in the grave and we were born anew, FREE from sin.  Through our death with Him we are also “…become dead to… (freed from) …the law…” (of Moses and of all men’s religious laws) which are “…the strength of sin…” (I Corinthians 15:56), to “…be married (joined) to another, even…” to (Jesus) IN whom IS “…the law of the spirit of LIFE…” (Romans 8:2; John 1:4, 14:6), “…that we should (would) bring forth fruit unto God” (Romans 7:4). We were and are raised again IN newness of life IN Him, and were and are made to sit together “…IN heavenly places…” IN Him (Ephesians 2:6).  As true, born again believers, we’re MORE than Adam ever was; not just living souls, but born (again) of the pure, sinless Spirit of life which is only, OF and IN Jesus Christ (Romans 8:2; II Corinthians 4:10). IN Him, we’re new creations and joint heirs WITH Him. This IS the JUSTICE of GOD, and MORE.

I said earlier that for God to be JUST, our redemption and salvation must require no more on our part than the fall did for Adam and Eve.  They believed the lie of the devil, and partook (ate) of the wrong tree.  Therefore, the only requirement for us to be saved is to believe the “…true report…” of the gospel and eat (partake) of the flesh and blood of the Son of God (I’m NOT speaking about the sacraments; John 6:53-54). Death was, and yet is, in the partaking of the “…tree of KNOWLEDGE of good and evil….” Life was, and yet is, in the partaking of the flesh and blood of Jesus, the Christ (our tree of life). “…Except ye EAT the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you” (John 6:53).  God’s JUSTICE required that the transformation from sin and death, to life, be just as sure to all those who “…repent and believe…” the truth (the true gospel of Jesus Christ; Mark 1:15), as the fall from life, to sin and death, was to Adam and Eve who believed the lie of the devil (Genesis 3:4-5; John 8:44). There could be, and is, no more effort, no more labor, no more work on our part. Just believe and eat. The result is just as sure.

No, it’s not our fault we were born sinners; but God Himself can’t change that fact.  However, because of His great love for us, and because He is JUST, He has made a way of escape for us.  And what a tremendous price He paid. There was absolutely no other way to save us because Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane, “…my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me…” (Matthew 26:39).  How could we not love Him and serve Him out of that love when we understand this?

So then, let us “…Go…into all the world and preach… (this) …gospel… (this good news of God’s great love and JUSTICE toward man) …to every creature” (every person; every soul; Mark 16:15) for “…this gospel of the kingdom… (must first) …be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations: and then shall the end come” (Matthew 24:14).

Then shall the wrath of God be upon all those who reject, wrest, and blaspheme the incomparable, unfathomable love He showed forth by sending “…His only begotten (of a fleshly body) Son…” (I John 4:9-11) through those unspeakable sufferings that we might be saved: The cruel trial of “…mockings…” (Hebrews 11:36), the merciless whipping (Psalm 129:3), the crown of thorns (Matthew 27:29), and the rejection of His own people as He carried that cruel  cross (John 19:1-30). And finally, the agony of those cruel spikes as they were driven through His hands and His feet, and the slow suffocation and pain as He hung there.  Yes, only the mighty love and JUSTICE of God could send His only pure, sinless Son through such a horrendous ordeal to save wretches like you and me; even if it wasn’t our fault.

If you are one who has rejected Him and His great love and JUSTICE in the past, please don’t reject Him any longer. Turn to Him today. Call on Him with repentant heart and believe the glorious gospel. Eat of His flesh and drink of His blood. It was for our salvation that “…it pleased the Lord (the Father) to (allow sinful man to) bruise Him (Jesus, the Son) …” (Isaiah 53:10) in order that we could be saved from the adverse sentence of eternal death in a devil’s hell.  An adverse sentence which was and is upon the whole WORLD, unto the abundance of life which is in the Father and the Son.  It is the “…Father’s good pleasure to GIVE you the kingdom…,” and it’s not your fault you were born in sin. It IS your fault if you reject and/or “…neglect so great (a) salvation…” (Hebrews 2:1-3).

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