This last part of “Is God Truly Good” series is talking about the merciful judge and it’s a little bit like one of my previous posts called The True Mediator. You can read the previous parts here and here.
THE COURTROOM OF THE MERCIFUL JUDGE
Have you ever been to a courtroom where a person is found guilty and yet, instead of the judge sentencing them to a number of years in prison or giving them any sort of punishment, this person is told to do a certain thing that would prevent the person from serving any sort of punishment. Weird right? It doesn’t happen because you can only be set free when you’re not found guilty.
Can I break it to you that you are in that courtroom right now? Every single person is in that courtroom called Earth. We’ve all been found guilty one way or the other but the merciful judge, God, has told us what to do to be set right. While some have obeyed this instruction, some haven’t, either because they don’t believe in a judge like that or they find the whole idea ridiculous. However, obeying this instruction automatically renders you not guilty!
The truth is, that’s exactly what’s going on. One man sinned and all men died spiritually, another Man came that through Him, all men may live. Someone once said,
Christ didn’t come to make bad people good, He came to make dead people alive.
Where’s the lie in that? It is completely true! How are we made alive? It is simply by believing in the finished work of Christ. John 3:16-18 says it all. We were condemned and could not save ourselves by ourselves, so God knowing our weakness came to save us. The way to salvation is simply believing that Christ died, rose again for our redemption, He is God and fully man, He is Lord and Saviour over all. He is good, always good and will forever be good.
God is our merciful judge, a good merciful judge who just happens to be our Father also. How shall we be condemned when our Father saves us? Glory to God!
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?”Romans 8:31-35 NIV
OLD TESTAMENT WARNINGS
In the Old Testament, God showed His mercy a whole lot of times before He justly punished those who were in the wrong. For example, in the days of Noah, some fallen angels had sexual intercourse with women and in turn, gave birth to giants-
“When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown. The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.”Genesis 6:1-5 NIV
Nephilim means giants and sons of God referred to the fallen angels, and when God said “their days would be a hundred and twenty years”, it referred to the number of years God had given the human race to repent. God was going to wipe out all of humanity and all animals from the face of the earth, but he found a man righteous-Noah. He then commanded Noah to build an ark and warn people of an upcoming flood.
Everyone thought Noah was silly building an ark when there was absolutely no sign of a flood, but nonetheless, Abraham kept building this ark for a hundred and twenty years! Imagine how ridiculous he would have looked, but he did it in faith and it ensured his and his family’s safety. All eight of them.
If God wasn’t merciful, He wouldn’t have warned them for over a century. This was more than enough warning as far as I can think of it.
Another instance is when God instructed Jonah to warn the people of Nineveh to repent. Jonah didn’t want to go because He knew how merciful God is! Can you believe that? And unlike the people in Noah’s days, they listened and repented, and God spared them. If people had listened to Noah, I’m sure they would have been safe. But there’s a difference between these two people, their hearts. The people in days of Noah had so much evil in their hearts that God wanted to destroy all of humanity, whereas the people of Nineveh knew they had done wrong and were willing to repent.
God is truly merciful! He doesn’t punish unjustly and He doesn’t keep His intentions hidden from us. He’s not forcing His love on us, it’s just who He is. Humanity was condemned because one human was the cause, not God. But He took in upon Himself to save us, and accepting His salvation is the ONLY way we can truly be set free.
I really hope you’ve been blessed by this story of the merciful Judge. Please check out the following:
- The True Mediator
- Romans 5 Study and Commentary
- Romans 8 Study and Commentary
- Is God Really Good by answeringgenesis