This is another photo from my husband above Heart Lake. I love the beauty of wildflowers infusing sweetness into a very rugged terrain. Similarly, when I hear the word justice- it depicts a harsh, cold, forensic courtroom where the debt to be paid is announced. The beautiful heart of justice infuses a sweet aroma in the room when the presence of Jesus Christ enters the scene. Yes, the penalty for sin had to be paid but the judge did not have to offer His own Son to pay for the world’s sin. The consequence for sin is death (forever separated from God- see Romans 6:23). This is the opposite of “eternal life” which begins immediately upon salvation (to know Him the only true God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent…see John 17:3). Never underestimate how pleased the Father is with His Son’s humble obedience* unto death even death on a cross (see Phillipians 2:8). He alone has the power to save us from death and to bring ressurection life (fellowship) into the places where we were once isolated by sin. -Teresa
*Dr. David Eckman, Becoming What God Intended Ministry.
Romans 3:21-31 (NASB)
“But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses[g] and the prophets long ago. 22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God freely and graciously declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, 26 for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.
27 Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith. 28 So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.
29 After all, is God the God of the Jews only? Isn’t he also the God of the Gentiles? Of course he is. 30 There is only one God, and he makes people right with himself only by faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles.[h] 31 Well then, if we emphasize faith, does this mean that we can forget about the law? Of course not! In fact, only when we have faith do we truly fulfill the law.”