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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.

We cannot begin to understand God’s justice unless we first understand sin. Sin is lawlessness and iniquity. It embodies everything contrary to God’s holy nature and is offensive to Him. Thus, sin is a crime against God and justice demands a penalty of death and separation from Him for it. But God sent His Son, Jesus the Messiah, to earth to pay that penalty for us and made salvation available to all who believe in His name.

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God’s own righteousness is provided as a gift to sinners who accept Jesus the Messiah as their Savior and is based upon His grace and mercy in response to our faith. His mercy and grace are not despite His justice, but because of it. He loved us so much that even though our sin demands our death, He sent His Son to be our substitute upon the cross, thus demonstrating that His justice was not violated, but instead satisfied.

  • Luke 16:15 — 15 And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.
  • Romans 2:2 — 2 And we know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice such things.
  • Romans 2:16 — 16 on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through the Messiah Jesus.
  • Hebrews 4:13 — 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.
  • 1 Samuel 2:3 — 3 “Boast no more so very proudly, Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth; For Yahweh is a God of knowledge, And with Him actions are weighed.
  • 1 Chronicles 28:9 — 9 “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for Yahweh searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.
  • Proverbs 16:2 — 2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But Yahweh weighs the motives.
  • Proverbs 21:2 — 2 Every man’s way is right in his own eyes, But Yahweh weighs the hearts.
  • Proverbs 24:12 — 12 If you say, “See, we did not know this,” Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts? And does He not know who keeps your soul? And will He not render to man according to his work?

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