“For all have sinned , and come short of the glory of God“–Rom. 3:23
Ask a thousand people if they believe justice should prevail and just about everyone would answer “Yes”. So let’s ask another question–“Do you believe God is just?” Again the answer would normally be in the affirmative. If you answered anything other than “Yes” you don’t know God. He is always honest, fair, holy,and righteous. He is perfect in every way.
Now let’s make this personal– Do you believe God is just in regards to you? It’s easy to demand justice for others, but it’s a whole new ball game when it comes to us personally. Here’s my point–what do you think about what God thinks about you? Do you agree with His indictment against you when He declares you are a sinner, when He says you are “condemned”? Do you still think justice should prevail? Do you still believe God is just? Whether you agree or not, the fact remains that all have sinned and all are justly condemned by a righteous God who declares us sinful and deserving of hell. Until we believe that there is no hope of us being saved.
Now let’s shift the focus. We’ve been talking about God, now let’s talk about you. In light of God’s perfection and your sinfulness there can be no justification for you rejecting Him. Doing so would be a terrible injustice. It would be an insult to God to be rejected by sinful man. Think about it. God gives us life and every good thing, has never done us wrong, and provides a way for us to be delivered from wrath and then we reject Him. Is that not unjust? Does that not prove that we are sinful? The fact is, there is never a just reason for us to reject God, and it is shocking that we would.
It is amazing that sinful man would reject a holy God, but it is even more amazing that a perfect God would accept a sinful man. There is only one word to explain that–“grace”, and there is only one person who can make it possible–“Christ”. Only because of Him can God “be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26). The Bible “commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30), and that is rightly so. God isn’t just inviting you to trust Jesus and be saved, He is commanding you to do so. He does so because He loves you and wants the best for you. If you truly understood blessings of obeying this command you would do so without hesitation. The believers benefits are many and marvelous. Receive Him and be saved. Reject Him and you will suffer His wrath. Either way He is just– your choice doesn’t change His character, but only by you receiving Him are you justified. Your decision decides your destiny—heaven or hell. What shall it be?