The justice of God will not approve or accept any human activity at all. In fact, justice can not approve of man’s works or actions because they must be perfect, and that is impossible for man. Therefore, the Bible says in ROM 7:21*, “I find then a principle of doctrine that evil is present in me, the one who wishes (or desires) to do good.” We can do no good in God’s eyes. Therefore, before we can be brought back into fellowship with God, we must satisfy His justice! His justice can only be satisfied by the perfect work of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and not by any effort we make. Therefore, restoration to fellowship is based upon the believer being rightly related to the justice of God by directing his faith toward the work of Christ on the Cross.
When a believer confesses a sin, God’s justice is free to forgive that sin because His justice was propitiated (satisfied) at the Cross. Only justice and no other part of God’s essence can forgive sin. It is a matter of justice that gets us back in fellowship, not love! Fellowship is based upon justice being satisfied with perfect righteousness; it is not based upon love.
Always remember that faith is the only performance that the justice of God will accept. The justice of God will only accept faith because faith depends totally on the merit of the object. The object of faith at salvation is the Lord Jesus Christ and His work. The justice of God sees your faith trusting in the One who is perfectly righteous, and the justice of God is completely satisfied.
For the spiritual believer, grace must be multiplied. The divine plan can not be executed with human ability, energy, or talent. Grace must come first. It reminds us that we never earn or deserve anything that God has provided for us. These blessings can only be given to believers who know how to be filled with the Spirit and function in the plan of God. When a believer spends the majority of his time under the filling of the Spirit, he becomes teachable; once he has become teachable, he can learn and use doctrine. This leads the believer to develop the proper momentum necessary to fulfill the Christian life.
It is God’s wish and desire that every believer obtain spiritual maturity. It is God’s wish that every believer becomes a winner.
2PE 1:2-3 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
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