Saturday, 5 November 2016

God of Justice and Mercy

'Forgiveness of sins' and 'mercy' are legal terms. To forgive and show mercy are a judgmental act. It's judgment, in our favour - but still a judgment. God's offer of mercy, was first of all a justiciable action. It isn't something that God offers independently of His own jurisprudence. That's why John wrote, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful 'and just' to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Not just 'faithful' - but 'faithful and just' - to forgive us. It's an action of God's justice. If God ceased to be Judge, then mercy has no basis.

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