In this tract we will answer the question of where the love of God meets His justice.
Lets look at the root of the problem. We are all sinners and therefore we must die.
23 For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Notice that sin pays a wage and that wage is death. Since we are all sinners, we are all under the death penalty. Lets look at what God must do with sin.
20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.
God must deal with sin and death is the penalty.
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
This is the ultimate penalty for sin. All those who die in their sins must pay the penalty. That penalty is an eternity suffering in the lake of fire.
Next lets look at what God has done so lost sinner would not have to go to hell.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
All men are lost sinners and cannot help or save themselves. Therefore God became a man and died on the cross. He took the penalty for sin and paid it completely. He now offers salvation to all who will believe and receive the Lord Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.
Here is what the Bible says about the Lord Jesus who paid the penalty for sin:
5 But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
The next verse explains why the Lord paid that penalty. The answer is because of love! The Lord does not want people to perish in hell. This is why He became a man and paid the penalty for sin.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
Since God has paid for sin and now offers salvation as a gift, the choice is now up to the individual person.
Each person must make a choice and God will honor that choice. It is an eternal choice!
1) Accept God's love gift of salvation and eternal life
2) Reject the Lord Jesus and choose to pay for YOUR sins all by yourself. This choice means spending an eternity in hell as that is the penalty for sin.
What is the answer of where does God's love and justice meet? Here it is in its simplicity: God's love and justice meet at the cross of Calvary. This is the place where God poured out His wrath on the Lord Jesus who paid the penalty for sin for lost mankind. God can now offer the gift of salvation to all who will receive it!
The cross satisfies God's justice because sin is paid for. The penalty must be paid and the Lord Jesus paid the penalty for sin. The cross satisfies God's love because God does not want to send anyone to hell. Anyone who goes to hell cannot blame God! People choose to go to either heaven or hell and God will honor that choice.
So we now reach the time for the ultimate question. What choice have you made? Have you accepted or rejected the Lord Jesus?
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
Make your choice to accept or reject the Lord Jesus and do it now!
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