There is no Injustice With God

“Looking up at the ancient columns in Salzburg.” by Inma Ibáñez on Unsplash
Romans 9:14 “What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be!”

Have you ever been confronted with the premise that God is not good, or that He is unjust? There is a never ending stream of confusion around the will of God and His goodness, but it goes deeper than just His goodness. This confusion is rooted in a misunderstanding of the totality of God’s character. By skipping over any of God’s main attributes, we distort our understanding and thus our expectations of how God behaves and interacts with creation.

Justice

God’s justice is outlined clearly in Romans 9:14. Without justice, similar to any of His other attributes, God would cease to be God. It is against His very nature to be unjust, or to give an unjust reward. Paul offers a rhetorical question here declaring that we must never suggest there is injustice with God. If there seems to be injustice in God, then we have greatly misinterpreted His Word. The fault lies in our understanding, not in God.

Deuteronomy 32:3–4 “For I proclaim the name of the Lord; Ascribe greatness to our God! The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.”
Psalms 145:17 “The Lord is righteous in all His ways, and kind in all His deeds.”

So understanding, based on the inspired Word of God, that every single thing our Lord does is good, righteous, and perfect, and that He is also just, we can then begin to work to reconcile this conspicuous mystery.

Justice is associated with fairness, i.e. a crime comes with a penalty, and the guilty is the one who receives the penalty. So in the sense of God’s justice, He must exercise justice by applying the proper penalty to the wrongdoer, an injustice would then be delivering conviction to the innocent. The resolution to the mystery becomes clear as laid out in Paul’s letter to the Romans:

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

God would be perfectly just to condemn every single person on earth to eternity in hell based on the fact that we have all sinned; we all have fallen short. Our condemnation would be just, and anything besides condemnation is mercy.

Mercy

Ephesians 2:4–5 “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)”

God in His mercy decided that some would not receive the deserved penalty. This act of God is not unjust, nor is it wrong that He chooses some to receive condemnation, as Paul continues further in Romans 9:

Romans 9:15 “For He says to Moses, ‘I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.’”

God has created mankind individually to be either vessels of His mercy or vessels of His wrath.

Romans 9:22–23 “What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory”

The mystery still remains in how God determines who will be a vessel of mercy and who will be a vessel of wrath, but we can rest knowing that what God has chosen to reveal to us, He has revealed for our edification. We will never be able to fully understand the mind of God, His purposes and His ways will certainly remain a mystery until we are with Him in glory. There should be no discomfort in this though, as we should be content to rest upon the truth of Himself that He has revealed.

Conclusion

God and His glory are revealed through His choosing of some to receive mercy and some to receive His wrath, which is also equivalent to justice, as we all deserve the continuous outpouring of His wrath. Do not make the mistake of assuming that since God has eternally predestined some to death He is somehow not good. Our God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and sovereign over all creation, and His lovingkindness never ends. We can see evidence of this through the ages as He continually shows grace, mercy, and love to His people.

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