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Infinite In Justice
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Being infinite in wisdom, God could not be otherwise than infinite in Justice. He knows, and He will not forget. It was He who set in motion that awful law of cause and effect, the law of accumulation, the law of compensation; hense, every person will get back dollar for dollar, inch for inch, deed for deed. The rich man refused Lazarus a crumb of bread, and in turn was refused a drop of water. God is no respecter of persons, and that guarantees a just reward. No bribe will be accepted, no private pulls will be reconized. Today is the day of mercy, but tomorrow may be the judgment day. People who have not received justice today will get thier just dues then. There's no man suffering in lower hades today, or will ever suffer in the lake of eternal fire, who is innocent. The infinite God is Judge. One thought which brings comfort to my heart at this time is the fact that on the day of final judgment, all the innocent will be safe. No person will escape, and no deed will be overlooked. Even he who gave a cup of water in the name of a disciple will not lose his reward. God is also infinite in mercy, and is not willing that any should perish, but that they should seek his face and live.

An Eternal Kingdom

The authority given to Christ by His Father is not just for the defeat of Satan: it is for the establishment of God's kingdom. Listen to the wonderful prophecy of Isaiah 9:6-7: "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this."

The foundation for this eternal kingdom was laid at the cross and confirmed by the empty tomb. On the day of Pentecost the church was born and from that day to this the work of calling out, sanctifying, and preparing a people to live in that great kingdom has continued despite all of Satan's efforts. As Jesus had declared in Matthew 16:18, "...I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it."

Before his crucifixion Jesus said many things to prepare his disciples for the traumatic events to come. In John 14:1-3 he said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."

What a wonderful, simple declaration. The word "rooms," sometimes translated, "mansions," is literally "dwelling places" or "abodes." He was saying that where my Father lives there are plenty of places to live. Note that these are places to live, not merely visit. There is a sense of permanence and of rest conveyed by his words.

He then states four simple stages of God's plan: I am going; (I will) prepare a place for you; I will come back; (I will) take you to be with me. The end result is that you will be where I am. Consider, if you will, when these words were uttered. This was before the cross! Jesus knew that despite the agony he faced, his death was not the end but was, rather, a means to an end---and a glorious end at that! What Jesus declared in this scripture is God's answer to the "sinking ship" of this world--- for those who are saved.

Shortly before the day of Pentecost the disciples witnessed the first stage when Jesus suddenly began ascending upward until a cloud hid him from view. Then two men dressed in white appeared beside them: "'Men of Galilee,' they said, 'why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.'" Acts 1:11. The evidence that He arrived safely came a few days later with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost!

God's Divine Prerogative

"Vengeance is mine: I will repay, saith the Lord.”

God is the guarder of our reputation. It's safe in His hands. He will either clear our name in this life or the life to come; but one thing is sure, He will clear it. Many a person who's now stumbling under a load of false shame, their reputation injured by the barbs of malicious slanders, will be cleared on “that day".

Unfortunately some "believers" follow the way of this world, and seek their own vengeance, instead of following their Master, who “opened not His mouth.” There are few things that will so quickly drive away our peace and joy, than getting into a self defensive and self justifying spirit. Jesus taught us not to defend ourselves, but to “turn to him the other (cheek) also.” This meekness, this non-retaliation, in the face of injustice, is hard for human nature, but possible by divine grace. Let's not deceive ourselves. Our out-spokenness, our “facing the other party,” our “having it out with them” too often cloaks a spirit that's not the sweet submissive spirit of Jesus that "LEAVES IT ALL TO GOD"!

Vengeance is God’s prerogative, his right, his place, and not ours. If God’s children would leave all in His hands and not move in their own defense, they would retain their peace and learn many precious lessons. It's a wonderful privilege to walk with Jesus in the shadows of misunderstandings, slanders, rebuffs, coolness and reproaches. To those who thus walk, He reveals himself in a precious way, worth infinitely more than all the evil sweetness human vengeance has, or ever could, give its misguided advocates.

How precious it is to see the Lord defend us. He spreads for us a “table in the presence of mine enemies” (Psalm 23). How wonderful it is to have the Spirit of God develop within us a heart that's big enough to take all the injuries that humans can heap upon us, and come up smiling. We feel the nail-pierced hand in ours, and it fills us with the most wonderful confidence and assurance as we walk the Calvary Road.

“Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord.” Our heavenly Father knows how to look after His own. He will protect our name if He wants to, and if He doesn't desire to, then we must most gladly surrender it up to Him and like the Apostles be “rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name” (Acts 5.41).