Have you ever wondered and have a desire to understand what are the revelation of the attributes of God are and you wonder if you also have such attributes?
the judgment of God upon sin, and the mercy of God upon a repentant and believing sinner. How could judgment and justice and mercy ever be demonstrated in one act? How could it?
God judge sins
The only place it was ever done is in the cross of Christ. God’s judgment upon sin: sin is death, sin is judged [Romans 6:23]; and God is all justice, all righteousness, and every sin draws its penalty [Ezekiel 18:4].
There on the cross, God’s attribute of justice, as just as if He were not merciful; paying, pouring out upon sin all of its reward and its recompense and its compensation [Isaiah 53:12]. On the cross God judging sin, and at the same time bountiful and plenteous in mercy.
The reasons to why you can’t feel the cross
The most amazing court procedure in the earth, that which happened on Golgotha: justice and mercy on the side of the defendant, justice and mercy together pleading for the acquittal of the believing sinner [1 Corinthians 1:17-24].
You know why those first Christians did not feel the cross repulsive? Because they found in it an exhibition of the incomparable love and mercy of God.
“God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” [Galatians 6:14].
That cross has another meaning for us: it represents for us a triumph over sin, and death, and the grave [1 Corinthians 15:55-57]. “But preacher, I don’t need a helper or a saviour or an advocate or a victor for me,” I hear you say.
You just stand up where you are, and you just tell me and tell the angels and tell God, “O God, I’m not going to die. I’ll stand on my own merits. I’ve lived this perfect life, and death will not vanquish me. Sin has no right over me.
The penalty of living in sin
There’s no iniquity in my life for which I am to be judged. I face eternity on my own, and death has no power on me, and no judgment that I shall ever face strikes terror in my soul.”
O God, where is the man that could stand, could arise, could avow that? Where could he be? Where could he be? Are you a dying man; a dying people; a dying congregation. You, a dying man preaching to dying men?
The penalty of sin, the wages of sin is death [Romans 6:23]; and death all-vanquishing, all-victorious, death, decay, corruption, the grave, forever and ever, undone, lost, cast out, dying, dead. “God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.”