Justice means setting things in order. Jesus said that God has given him the responsibility of judging so that people will give the same honour that they give the father to him (John 5:20-25).
There are seven Spirits of God that are on Jesus, all of which made him ready for the work of judging (Isaiah 11:1-5). The work is not done lightly. Solomon specially asked for wisdom to become a good judge and God gave it to him (1Kings 3:1-13). He did what James asked us to do which is to ask wisdom from God, if anyone lacks it (James 1:4-7).
After Isaiah listed the Spirits, he said that Jesus (he did not call him that name) will not judge according to sight but will judge righteous judgment.
He will be the righteous judge. And the bible says righteousness and justice is the foundation of his throne (Psalm 89:14). That means his rule has justice and righteousness embedded in it. They dictate his action, and form the basis of our understanding his ways.
God is not haphazard, his ways are not cloudy to the diligent follower. But he operated by an higher logic than man’s; the natural man, the bible says, cannot know the things of God which are spiritually discerned (1Corinthians 2) i.e. by an higher state of consciousness.
It was added that we have the mind of Christ, i.e. the capacity to know what Christ knows, to see things from his point of view. The mind of Christ is calibrated with justice and righteousness, justice towards others and righteousness towards God.
Jesus charged others to do what he also does: “do not judge according to appearance, but judge righteous judgement (John 7:24).” That means judgement will not be righteous, if it is not representing the righteousness of God.
Judgement came upon Jesus for the sins of the world, and John wrote that when we confess our sins, God is faithful and just (from where we get the word justice) to forgive us and to clean us from all unrighteousness, i.e. that sin issue is cleansed from our consciousness, among other things (1John 1:7-9).
The justice, judgment on sin, was on Jesus and the righteousness is put on us. If the judgment is on us again, then it will be double jeopardy, but God is just and won’t do that.
Righteousness (God’s act) influences his justice, and (necessity for) justice influences righteousness (God’s action).
Judging righteously means we have moved from the point of view of men to the point of view of Christ, who sees the end from the beginning, who sees the thoughts and the intent, who sees the action and the motivation as one and the same (Hebrews 4:12).
King Saul said that he preserved certain animals that were meant to be sacrifice to God when God told him to go destroy everything that breathes in the land of the Amalekites (1Samuel 15).
The casual observer might say: oh how good he is, how he loves God, not knowing that his action smelled of rebellion. Because it was a contravention of what he clearly heard from God, the judgement was swift and sweeping, he lost the throne, the Holy Spirit left him and he became a man tormented by evil spirit. God said through Prophet Samuel that rebellion is as witchcraft. Saul manifested a heart of stone and the dividend was an hammer of judgment on him.
When Adam and Eve ate the wrong fruit in the garden of Eden, to the casual observer it may seem only fair that they should be able to have a taste of all that is in the Garden, and that God must be a kill joy to put such “lovely” fruits in the garden and say they should not eat it. They will say: since he is God, and knows everything, why did he put the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the garden?
You might say their action was innocent and misguided, but from the point of view of the righteousness and justice of God, it was treason. It was an attempt to denigrate God because when the word of God is not obeyed, his rule is rejected, and that cannot be allowed to pass without some judgement act, or else there will be chaos in the universe, and God is not the author of confusion. That can only happen if God abdicates, stops being God, and if that happens, it means he was not God to start with. As you can see, the logic breaks down.
When Cain killed Abel, showing no regard for the image of God, in which human beings were made, the casual observer might say he was just pushed over the edge by his feeling of jealousy, but the justice of God was demanded by the blood of Abel crying to God from the ground (Genesis 4:1-13). And God acted swiftly against Cain especially as he had been warned against pulling through with the direction his emotion was leading him.
Based on the justice of God, Jesus said that the servant who knows the master’s will and did not prepare himself for it, will be given many strokes while the servant who does not know his master’s will and does not do it will get fewer strokes (Luke 12:47-48).
Jesus had the Spirit of counsel and might, to do the right thing; Spirit of understanding and wisdom to know the right things to base judgment on; the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord to be rightly motivated; and the Spirit of the Lord to rule as God the Father does. Jesus is the king that we want. Though the justice system of the world in his time did not give him justice, he will be on the earth to judge.
While dying on the cross he said: forgive them for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34). He deflected the judgment that should rightly come on those who unjustly judged him and condemned him to death.
He said to us: do not judge so that you are not judged (Matthew 7:1-2). He was stressing the need for us to extend mercy to others. Paul wrote that we should not revenge but leave vengeance to God. Planning revenge is an attempt to play God. It is too much on your plate and an invitation to become a burnt-out, biting more than you can chew. You cannot pursue vengeance and the purpose of God for your life at the same time; you capacity is not limitless like God’s.
When the Amalekites waylaid the children of Israel unprovoked when they were weak just coming from Egypt, God decided to set himself against the nation and marked them for annihilation (Exodus 17:8-16). That was God being God, as the judge bringing the justice to Israel.
In a parable concerning prayer Jesus talked about a widow who cried to a judge to give her justice against her enemy (Luke 18:1-8). That also means that to release the spirit of justice, prayer is involved, prayer is your primary role as a Christian, not vengeance or getting angry.
In the book of psalms, we read that the saints should have the praise of God in their mouth and a double edged sword in their hands to execute the judgment written (Psalm 149). So in the place of prayer our mouth becomes tools to release divine judgment.
Paul was angry at the church in Corinth that they bring cases between brothers to the secular judge, before unbelievers, amazed that no one among seemed wise enough to adjudicate between brothers, when they (Christians) are meant to judge angels (1Corinthians 6:1-6).
When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, God as judge manifested to the surprise of Adam and Eve. They were totally surprised, having only experienced God as loving and tender, they did not know that God is committed his words more than he is to his emotions. They took God’s gentility to mean docility. But God judged Adam saying he ground is cursed for his sake, judged Eve that in labour she will bring forth and judged the devil the serpent saying the seed of the woman will crush his head.
So the coming of Jesus is a manifestation of the Spirit of Justice. John wrote: for this reason the son of man was manifested to destroy (as a form of judgment) the works of the devil (1John 3:8). The judgement also revealed his righteousness.
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