JUST AND THE JUSTIFIER
Just, and the justifier of him which believes.
We live in a generation that has moved to one side of the equation of Christ being “just and the justifier”. The modern popular preachers love to expound on and on about grace, favor, blessings: you know, all the stuff God does for His people. That should be preached, after all His grace is limitless. The problem is this, when grace is preached and the message of justice and holiness is ignored, a wrong image of God is portrayed. The end result is not the good news of the gospel. Christ is not only the justifier, He is also just. If The Lord ignores the sinfulness of man He is no longer just, this would violate His very nature. The holiness of God is preserved and displayed beautifully at the cross. God’s hatred for sin, His divine justice is displayed as He judges man’s sin by the death of His Son at calvary. Christ bore the wrath of God; that is what enables the grace of God to be offered to all who believe on Him. Here is how Charles Spurgeon explains it.
“Judgment now decides for the sinner instead of against him. Memory looks back upon past sins, with deep sorrow for the sin, but yet with no dread of any penalty to come; for Christ has paid the debt of his people to the last jot and tittle, and received the divine receipt; and unless God can be so unjust as to demand double payment for one debt, no soul for whom Jesus died as a substitute can ever be cast into hell. It seems to be one of the very principles of our enlightened nature to believe that God is just; and this gives us our terror at first; but is it not marvelous that this very same belief that God is just, becomes afterwards the pillar of our confidence and peace! If God be just, I, a sinner, alone and without a substitute, must be punished; but Jesus stands in my stead and is punished for me; and now, if God be just, I, a sinner, standing in Christ, can never be punished. God must change his nature before one soul, for whom Jesus was a substitute, can ever by any possibility suffer the lash of the law. Therefore, Jesus having taken the place of the believer-having rendered a full equivalent to divine wrath for all that his people ought to have suffered as the result of sin, the believer can shout with glorious triumph, Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? Not God, for he hath justified; not Christ, for he hath died, yea rather hath risen again.”
If you are born again, no matter what your past holds, you stand without sin before The Lord. This is made possible by the satisfaction of God’s anger against sin by the punishment of His Son in our place. What a powerful truth that Paul preached, “He is just and the justifier to Him that believes”.