Man has always been treating sin as a misfortune, not a crime; as disease, not guilt; as a case for the physician, not for the judge. Herein lays the essential differences of all religions or theologies. They have to acknowledge the judicial aspect of the question, and that man’s many elaborate solutions to the problem which has perplexed the race since evil entered have all been unsatisfactory.
The preference which man has always shown for his own theories, a poor discernment of the evil forces with which he professes to battle; a very vague perception of what law and righteousness are; a sorrowful ignorance of that Divine Being and His eternal Holiness and Justice; have brought about complete spiritual blindness on the entire human race.
God is the Father; but He is no less a Judge. God loves the sinner; but He hates the sin. God has sworn that He has no pleasure in the death of a sinner (Ezek 33:11); yet He has also sworn that the soul that sinneth, it shall die (Ezek 18:4). Which of the two oaths shall He keep? Shall the one give way to the other? Can both be kept inviolate? Can a contradiction, apparently so direct, be reconciled? Which is more unchangeable and irreversible, the vow of pity or the oath of justice?
Law and love must be reconciled; else the great question as to a sinner’s relationship with the Holy God must remain unanswered. The one cannot give way to the other, both must stand. The reconciliation, man has often tried have always been in the direction of making law succumb to love.
But both law and love have triumphed in the reconciliation, God has accomplished. The one has not given way to the other. Each has kept its ground; nay, each has come from the conflict honored and glorified. Never has there been love like this love of God; so large, so lofty, so intense, so self-sacrificing. Never has law been so pure, so broad, so glorious and so inexorable.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Rig Veda also says, “Santhakaram purakasayanam, pathmanabam suresham, vishwakaram mekavarnam lakshikanthan yogikirtham vandal bishnumbam, survalokayika” which means that, God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will have everlasting life. 1 John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Law and love have both had their full scope. They have been satisfied to the full; the one in all its severity, the other in all its tenderness on the cross, for God has made Jesus to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him 2Corinthians 5:21. Love has never been more truly love, and law has never been more truly law, than in this conjunction of the two. God’s honor has been maintained, yet man’s interests have not been sacrificed. God has done it all; and He has done it effectually and irreversibly.
It is this judicial settlement of the case that is God’s one and final answer to man’s long unanswered question; “wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” (Mic 6:6-7).
Not only this reconciliation between law and love is provided by a legal process, but also the verdict is given in favor of the accused, and he is clean absolved - justified from all things. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. Isaiah45:6that people may know, from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other.
The consent of parties to the acceptance of this basis is required in court. The law consents; the Lawgiver consents; Father, Son, and Spirit consent; and man, the chief party interested, is asked for his consent. If he consents, the whole matter is settled. The verdict is issued in his favor; and henceforth he can triumphantly say, “It is God that justifieth; who is he that condemneth?”
Written by The word of Truth