The Expository Files

Judgment and Justice

I am appalled when I think someone has gotten away with murder. I do not like it when someone gets away with a crime because of some legal technicality. It is not fair when terrorists target innocent civilians. There are places in the world today; in Indonesia and Africa and the Philippines where Islamic fundamentalists kidnap, torture and kill people not of their faith. On the other side of the coin, I do not like it when an innocent person is wrongly convicted for a crime they did not do.

We can all cite examples where an outcome was less than fair. But Christians are aware of a final day of reckoning. There is a day coming in which the whole world will be judged. There will be no hung jury or mistrial. God is “the judge of all” (Psalm 75:; Hebrews 12:23).

The coming judgment will be an expression of God’s righteous nature. He will take into account both good and evil by upholding good and punishing evil. Judgment will be definite and righteous. It will also be final. Those who mock His Divine will today will be judged by it on the last day.

It is by knowing this that the man or woman of faith realizes that history is headed toward an ultimate goal. In the end, when all has been said and done, God’s perfect will shall be meted out. The conflict between good and evil will not last forever, and evil is not the winning side.

At the judgment, everything will matter. If we have chosen the good, though we have lived in only a small corner of the world for a very short time, with hardly anyone noticing we are there, it will be noticed and it will matter on that final day. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10).

There will be justice. We shall believe in Jesus and trust Him to bring our lives to their very best possible conclusion. In between now and the time we finally see Him face to face, we may have witnessed many acts of hatred, unrighteousness and injustice. But we are confident that those issues will be perfectly and eternally addressed. It is the Lord. Let Him do As seems best to Him.

By Jon W. Quinn
The Front Page
From Expository Files 7.6; June 2000