The Antithesis Of God’s Moral Character

Recently at one of our house meetings, a sister in the Lord shared with us a situation that really provoked my spirit. Without going into great deal, she asked us to pray for a family she knows who is currently on the receiving end of that ever abusive system otherwise commonly known as health and human services.

Again, without going into the finer points, right now, this family has had their children taken away while the state investigates a false claim made against them by a neighbor.

This is not the first time I’ve heard such things. Some of these cases have even recently made national headlines in the news. And I can’t say why this hit so hard for me, as I don’t personally know the family in question; all I can say is that the Holy Spirit quickened in me, rising up to declare God’s utter indignation against injustice, in all its forms.

Throughout the Holy Scriptures, the Lord God is repeatedly declared to be righteous.[1] However, what may not be known to most is that, in both Hebrew and Greek, to be righteous means to be morally just, thus morally innocent.

Therefore, when something or someone is not righteous, i.e. when that something or someone (like a social worker operating with impunity against innocent families) is unrighteous, by default they are to be considered unjust. And let’s face it. In case it wasn’t obvious, unjust things and unjust persons (like a social worker operating with impunity against innocent families) perpetuate the very injustice(s) upon which their own immoral nature depends.

We know and declare most assuredly that God is the Rock. His work is perfect. All His ways are judgment. He is a God of truth. He is without iniquity. Just and right is God.[2]

We also know and declare most assuredly that He is YHVH. He does not change.[3]

Therefore, we conclude and declare most assuredly that God is eternally “just and right“. God cannot not be just and right. It is inherent to His nature, and that nature cannot change. God will ever be just and right. He will never not be anything other.

And so, whenever and wherever there is injustice in the world, you can rest assured that both the acts of injustice and the unjust perpetrators of the acts of injustice draw God’s ire. While we have no doubt in God’s desire to be reconciled to humanity through the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son (See 2 Corinthians 5:19), we must also admit that all things which have ever offended God continue to do so, time immemorial, even from the foundation of His created order.

Yes, God may postpone judgment. He may indeed “not be slack concerning His promises“. He may indeed not desire that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9). But know this: many are going to perish eternally under the mighty hand of God, when the Son of Man returns upon the clouds in great power and glory (Matthew 24:30 and Mark 13:26). And it won’t be just because they are unregenerate sinners, though that is bad enough, but because the law of sin in their members has made them antithetical to God’s holy, just nature.

Of Christ Jesus, the Son of God, we read in the Apocalypse (19:15) that a “sharp sword” proceeds from His mouth in order that, with it, He may smite the nations. Indeed, His bishopric over the nations shall be one directed with and by a “rod of iron“. There will be no place for injustice in the Kingdom of God on earth, not under the Messiah’s watchful eye.

And why such vehemence on the part of the Son in behalf of the Father? What is the cause of God Almighty’s undiluted fierceness and wrath?

All of humanity was created, through Adam, to be God’s representatives. We were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27). The serpent deceived Eve, but Adam ate freely, from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3). And now, in Adam all die (1 Corinthians 15:22).

Sinful humanity no longer bears the image of God. All unregenerated people, who have not been born from above (John 3:1-8), are now, through their sins, children of disobedience, following hard after the Enemy of God, Satan himself (Ephesians 2:2).

When God looks upon the righteous, He sees the faithfulness of His Son, Jesus Christ, through whom He imparted righteousness to everyone who believed and still believes (Romans 5:1).

But to those who believe not, upon them the wrath of God abides (John 3:36). Their deeds are evil, wrought in darkness (John 3:17). God is so vehemently opposed to injustice because all injustice in the world smacks of the work of Satan upon the human soul. Wherever injustice dwells, be sure that the taint of demonic influence is present. God’s fallen, corrupting creation left their first estate in rebellion (Jude 1:6). These did not love Him. These forfeited their rightful place and purpose in the eternal plans of HaShem.

And many millions if not billions of people make the same mistake, stalling, procrastinating, or even actively resisting God’s offer at redemption. God sent His Son, whom the Holy Scriptures call the “Just One” (Acts 3:4, 7:52, and 22:14), to die in the stead of the unjust (1 Peter 3:18), and sadly, too many “unjust” ones simply don’t care.

They continue on intentionally denying God’s right to recreate them in the image of His Son (Colossians 3:10), to impart His righteousness to them, and so, save them from death and hell. This refusal, this stubborn willingness to snub God’s gracious gift, i.e. the death of His beloved Son, in the end, will be the chief factor in His wrath boiling over and out upon the wicked, i.e. upon the unjust (See Jude 1:4, 1 John 2:23, and Revelation 14:10)[4], [5]

The greatest injustice in the history of the world was that the morally good and innocent man, Christ Jesus, the Son of the Father, took the place of all humans everywhere, to taste death for all (Hebrews 2:9). He did so willingly, and out of love (See John 10:10-18), to save us from our sins and the eternal punishment our sins incur against us. And while God can save daily to the uttermost all who come to Him through His Son (Acts 2:47 with Hebrews 7:25), let there be no confusion. A day of reckoning is coming, when all unjust acts will be judged, when all unjust people will be condemned, and when all injustice everywhere will be stamped out by the fury and zeal of the LORD of hosts.

Injustice is the antithesis of God’s moral character.

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[1] I am intentionally not giving a list or even some examples. The Bible, especially the writings of the Old Covenant, especially the Psalms, is replete with examples. I trust my average reader knows this, or at least knows his or her way around a Bible or Bible software well enough to see it for themselves.

[2] See the Song of Moses, Deuteronomy 32:4.

[3] Malachi 3:6. Note that the Hebrew word for change is shanah. It means to transmute, which means to change in form, substance, or nature.

[4] In 1 John 2:23, to deny the Son means to reject Him (from the Greek word arneomai).

[5] In Revelation 14:10, note how the damned are tormented before the Lamb, that is, the One who had been slain for them in order that they might be saved. Their rejection of Him results in their eternal torment before Him, in His wrath.

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~ by votivesoul on 07/19/2015.

2 Responses to “The Antithesis Of God’s Moral Character”

  1. What about injustice that happens “in the name of God”? How long, you may wonder, will it take for the Lord to avenge justice on those who do His name disservice? In my lifetime, I personally know a man who has carried out injustice “in the name of the Lord” for 50 years this year, and still, no justice has been served. Why? …. I don’t know the answer to that question, and I know you don’t either. However, my faith is not swerved, that just because justice is not carried out swiftly, does not mean it will not be carried out… and for some, they may not face that wrath of God until the day of judgment, and others face it here on earth. We have to trust God when we see the injustice that is done, both in his Name and against His children, that He has a plan, regardless of what we see or understand.

    God bless!

    • You’re right. Some of the worst, most insidious acts of injustice committed in the world is by those who claim to be followers of God and/or Jesus Christ. They, like all other acts of injustice, will be recompensed. Some injustice, however, ought to be addressed here and now, by true believers, and yet, all too often we just let things slide. I can’t say what should or shouldn’t be done in the situation in your life, but sometimes the voice of furious, prophetic rebuke needs to cry out against the unjust actions of those who claim the divine right to work evil. It may be that God won’t let such a word fall, and will avenge Himself, sooner rather than later (i.e. in this life) upon the person committing such injustice.

      Who knows? They may actually repent?

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