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God is the Righteous Judge

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The doctrine of God's righteous judgement and wrath has fallen on hard times and deaf ears. We live in a day and time when we have set ouselves up as our own judge and have put God on Trial. This is similar to what the Pharasise had done. They had made the assumptions that God's wrath and judgement would pass over them simply because of their position and status within the synegogue or church of the day. The questions that we find ourselves asking are: how can hell be just? Why would God command the Israelites to completely destroy the Canaanites? Why does God always seem angry? The fact that we are even asking these questions should tell us that more than ever before we need a right thinking about the righteouse judgement of God. God's wrath is His love in action against sin. God must act justly and judge sin otherwise he would not be God. The very character and nature of a righteous holy God has shown us in saving us from his own wrath, God has done what we could not do, and he has done what we did not deserve. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (Rom. 3:26) God has done what we could not do, and he has done what we didn’t deserve. Charles Wesley rightly exulted in this good news: And can it be that I should gain, an interest in the Saviour’s blood? Died he for me, who caused his pain! For me, who him to death pursued?Amazing love! How can it be That thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

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God is the righteous Judge

Nobody wants to be judged. In fact, most of us are terrified at being judged. And for the most part most of us are reluctant at judging other people. We want to be known for showing compassion and understanding. We want to show nothing but grace and love to everyone.
How do we understand the line in the Apostles Creed, “Christ will come to judge the living and the dead.” He will separate the sheep from the goats, the wheat from the weeds. That there is an everlasting torment. A place with weeping and gnashing of teeth. The lover in us asks why can’t everyone escape this horror?
The idea of heaven is easy to embrace. Even at non-religious funerals mourners have been known to say, “She’s in a much better place now.”
Darwin once put to words what many of us naturally feel.
“I can indeed hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so the plain language of the [biblical] text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my father, brother, and almost all my best friends, will be everlastingly punished. And this is a damnable doctrine.”
We must come to a place where we realize how necessary and comforting the doctrine of God’s wrath and judgement are.
If there is no ultimate accounting for evil, what do we say to the Jews about Hitler? What do we say to little girls who have been sold into the sex trade by greedy, oppressive scoundrels? It’s too simple to merely say that our God is a God of love and nothing else. If a judging God did not exist, then we would be living in a world of Darwinian chaos in which the strong eat the weak and only the powerful survive.
For love to be truly loving there must be judgement.

1. For love to be truly loving there must be judgement.

1. Do not take advantage of God’s mercy.

Kindness
Forbearance
Patience
2:6 “God is a fair and just judge.

2. Do not take the mercy of God as an invitation to sin.

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