Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Mercy and Judgment

God's mercy and forgiveness are not offered despite God's character as Judge, but in full view of God's character as Judge.

God's mercy is supported by His righteous judgment.

His mercy is linked to God's justice.

His mercy comes from His judgment.

It only comes from an act of His judgement.

It's offered not independently of God's judgment, but with direct reference to His act of righteous judgment on the cross.

He hath made Him to be sin for us who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Christ.

By Him we have now received the atonement.

So mercy is offered on a just basis.

Therefore if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

As thoroughly as sin was judged by Jesus' death for us on the cross, and as certainly as God raised Him from the dead, so thoroughly complete are we in Him - we have been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. 

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