Thursday, June 3, 2010

Mercy and Justice Kissed

"The death of Jesus was a complete and full satisfaction of divine justice for all who trust in him. At the cross there is no tension between justice and mercy; instead, they meet in full harmony. Justice suffers no violence and mercy has full expression. In fact, not only has justice suffered no violence, it has been honored and magnified. It has exacted its penalty and been completely satisfied. Therefore, as believers we can rejoice in the abundant mercy of God through Christ, while at the same time fully honoring the inviolate nature of his holy justice.

At the conclusion of his most extended discourse on the mercy of God, the apostle Paul cries out, 'Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out' (Romans 11:33). Only God's infinite wisdom and superabundant love could devise such a plan that both satisfies his justice and meets our desperate need for mercy. Let us then join Paul in exalting the mercy and wisdom of God as by faith we lay hold of this aspect of the unsearchable riches of Christ." (Jerry Bridges, The Gospel for Real Life, 46)

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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