Does God Still Judge Us Because Of Our Sins And Disobedience? Part II
We have discussed in my previous blog the idea of "Does God judge us when bad things happen into our lives, a divine consequence of every action that is not according to His will?
In this article, we will understand and discuss the 2nd question related to this topic which is, "Would God be unfair if he won't judge the sins and disobedience that we presently commit as believers?"
Let me put it this way, God is a restorative in nature wherein everything He has done and does are always for the purpose and objective of restorations and healing. Most of the theology or doctrine's taught had brought us to the idea that God is a just God who would always ask payment for every thing we have done which brings us to what we call retributive justice. The question is, "Does God demand payment from us because we have sinned against Him?" and "Is He requiring us to pay him back from all the mistakes and weaknesses we have done towards Him?" This would bring us to the preference on how do we understand sin in the context of the Bible, the appropriate question would be, Is Sin A Crime Or A Disease?
Understanding the essence of sin would clarify unto the two different answers about this matter, let's look at the first definition, Sin as a crime, when we understand sin as a crime one would therefore stand on the point of view of Retributive Justice, retributive justice means, God had demanded justice for all the sins the entire human race had committed(Paternal Headship committed by Adam), because of our sins God's anger fell upon the entire human race wherein He needed to be appeased in order for His wrath to be averted and thwarted from us, in short, God demanded payment and justice wherefore Jesus came into the scene, intervened and became the payment and redemption for us, He paid the price we cannot pay and he received all the wrath, punishment and anger of God towards our sins and disobedience, afterwards, He was punished and crucified upon the cross and in that particular moment God's anger has been taken away and His heart is appeased, therefore, God punished and crashed His own Son in order for Him to receive and accept each one of us, He condemned Jesus as a payment in our behalf, and cursed His Son in order for Him to be able to bless us. This is how retributive justice looks at the scenario on what had happened on the cross 2000 year ago. Second definition, Sin as a Disease, understanding sin as a disease will bring us to the opposite view of God's purpose and actions when He allowed His Son to die on the cross for the purpose of restoration and healing which we call restorative justice, restorative justice means, God doesn't demand payment nor punishment in order for Him to be satisfied, Jesus died not to meet God's demand of punishment, nor appease God's essence of justice, it is an act of restoration--restoring humanity to a right relationship with God. In other words, restorative justice is how God in Christ acts to heal the problem of punitive justice. Love is not in conflict with justice, love is how justice comes about because the New Testament understanding of justice is ultimately not about punishment, but about making things right again. God's objective if I would humbly say is to restore what was stolen and regain what was missing and it happened through the cross. Jesus died not to appease God nor meet the demands of God justice wherein other would say love and justice met, yet justice should not be always taken as punishment because the real and genuine essence of justice is bringing and restoring back what was stolen, retribution is more of an essence of vengeance yet restoration is an expression of love, Justice in the scripture is expressing the real essence of one thing or of the person, God is just because He genuinely expresses who He really is. Jesus' death on the cross is an expression of justice not because he needed to payback His Father's demand but because He represented His Father in the full essence of who He really is(Heb. 1:3), He said in John 5:19, "Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner." and John 12:49, "For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak." This is what we call justice, representing genuinely and wholeheartedly who the Father really is. God send His son to heal the disease of sin and to restore what has been stolen from His beloved children, He died not because God punished Him but because death in human terms is the greatest expression of love, He died not to express God's anger and need of appeasement but to show and express unto us How much the Father loves us, which in reality, that's the only way humanity can and will understand how much God loves us, He made His love understandable, approachable and experienceable. Oh men, that's an awesome and sweet stuff! what a loving and caring God we have. The cross is the expression of His unconditional love, unbending faithfulness, unmerited grace and not of His unjustified and misquoted justice. Again, love and justice do not contradict each other and it is so much more a product of one another, justice is bringing back everything in its original intent and purpose based and founded in His heart, which is His unconditional love.
God would be unfair to himself according to His own character and attribute if He does still judge us of our wrongdoings and sins, He came not to condemn nor judge but to save, heal and restore (Jn. 3:17), His objective is not to ask and demand penalty for our sins but to give and provide solutions, restoration and healing from its devastating and destructive consequences (Lk 4:18-20). Does God judge us when we sin or commit wrong doing in our present lives today? My straight answer is "NO", God brought solution, restoration and healing not the other way around, but you may ask, "Isn't that dangerous and would make us live a lousy, lame and lax life?" Let me say this with all caution and sincerity, sin has its own consequence, sin itself is destructive, when we sin, there is no divine consequence anymore yet there will always be a natural consequences, adultery destroys one's body and relationship in the family, stealing destroys trust and integrity, lying destroys credibility and reputations. When we sin, God still loves and accepts us for that's who He is in our lives, yet He loves us so much for Him to allow us to live a lifestyle of sin and debauchery, He will always bring us back to what He has done on the cross, His grace empowers us for righteousness and godliness (Tit. 2:10-12).
We will discuss in my next blog the 3rd important question about this topic,
Third, Did God judge His Son Jesus Christ on the Cross in order for His judgement to be thwarted from us and be brought unto His Son?
To be continue.....