37 – Justice
§37. God is just, inasmuch as He is His own perfect ethical norm,1 a legislator whose laws are true utterances of His holy will,2 a judge whose judgments are in perfect conformity with His laws,3 an executor whose retribution is in full consistency with His jugdments,4 and a father who executes His gracious and good will upon His children according to His promise.5
1. God is just, inasmuch as He is His own perfect ethical norm,
Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, His work is perfect: for all His ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He.
Psalm 145:17 The Lord is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works.
Psalm 89:14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of Thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before Thy face.
Psalm 92:15 To shew that the Lord is upright: He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
Romans 3:5 Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man.)
Isaiah 5:16 The Lord of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.
2. a legislator whose laws are true utterances of His holy will,
Psalm 111:7 All His commandments are sure.
Psalm 119:86 All Thy commandments are faithful.
Psalm 119:151 All Thy commandments are truth.
Psalm 119:172 All Thy commandments are righteousness.
Psalm 19:7 The Law of the Lord is perfect.
Psalm 19:8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
3. a judge whose judgments are in perfect conformity with His laws,
Psalm 19:9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
Romans 2:5–6 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; who will render to every man according to his deeds.
I Peter 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear.
Romans 2:11 There is no respect of persons with God.
Galatians 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the Law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the Law to do them.
Genesis 18:20–21 And the Lord said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto Me; and if not, I will know.
4. an executor whose retribution is in full consistency with His jugdments,
Romans 2:8–9 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile.
Isaiah 3:11 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
Genesis 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin.
II Thessalonians 1:6–8 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; and to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Revelation 16:5–6 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because Thou hast judged thus. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and Thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
Romans 12:19 Vengeance is Mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Ezekiel 18:4 The soul that sinneth, it shall die.
Romans 6:23 The wages of sin is death.
Psalm 11:6 Upon the wicked He shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.
Luke 12:5 Fear Him, which after He hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear Him.
Hebrews 2:2 Every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward.
Isaiah 53:5, 8 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. (8) He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was He stricken.
5. and a father who executes His gracious and good will upon His children according to His promise.
Micah 7:20 Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which Thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the day of old. Cf. Isaiah 54:10.
II Chronicles 6:15 Thou which hast kept with Thy servant David my father that which Thou hast promised him, and spakest with Thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with Thine hand, as it is this day.
Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.
Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
I Corinthians 4:7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou, that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?
I Chronicles 29:14 But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of Thee, and of Thine own have we given Thee.
John 17:25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known Thee: but I have known Thee, and these have known that Thou hast sent Me.
I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
II Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.