Justice is a term used for what is right or “as it should be.” Justice is one of God’s attributes and flows out of His holiness. Justice and righteousness are often used synonymously in the Bible.
Since righteousness is the quality or character of being right or just, it is another attribute of God and incorporates both His justice and holiness.
Is God fair? Yes. God’s justice is without any partiality. I can trust God completely.
God calls on me to act justly. “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.” (Matthew 23:23)
The moral righteousness of God is revealed in his laws and expressed in his judicial acts. God’s commands and judgments meet perfect standards of justice, and his apportioning of punishments and rewards is also perfectly just. God’s justice is impartial. God is God. God’s justice will be done.
A major aspect of justice is impartiality. A God who did not care about the difference between right and wrong and did not judge me for acting one way or the other would not be an admirable being worthy of my love or trust. The fact that God is just and will judge between right and wrong gives ultimate moral significance to my life and makes me accountable for my actions.
Special praise goes to Jesus for vindicating the penitent and the needy who have no human champions. Ultimately, all God’s ways will be seen as just and equitable.
- 1 Peter 1:17 (NASB) — If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth;
- Deuteronomy 10:17 (NASB) — “For the Lord your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe.”
- Acts 10:34 (NASB) — Opening his mouth, Peter said: “I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality.”
- 2 Chronicles 19:7 (NASB) — “Now then let the fear of the Lord be upon you; be very careful what you do, for the Lord our God will have no part in unrighteousness or partiality or the taking of a bribe.”
- Romans 2:11 (NASB) — For there is no partiality with God.
- Job 34:19 (NASB) — Who shows no partiality to princes nor regards the rich above the poor, For they all are the work of His hands?
- Galatians 2:6 (NASB) — But from those who were of high reputation (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)—well, those who were of reputation contributed nothing to me.
- Daniel 5:27 (NASB) — “ ‘TEKĒL’—you have been weighed on the scales and found deficient.
- Romans 2:5 (NASB) — But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,
- Ephesians 6:9 (NASB) — And masters, do the same things to them, and give up threatening, knowing that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.
- Colossians 3:25 (NASB) — For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality.