Proclaiming The Gospel for God's Glory
How angry would you be if someone intentionally murdered your best friend, pleaded guilty, asked for forgiveness, and was granted a full pardon by the judge?
A) Not angry at all
B) Slightly angry
C) Somewhat angry
Did you answer “D) Outraged”? Yes! It would be outrageous for a judge to pardon a murderer! It would not even matter if the criminal was remorseful and had done many good and moral things in life. Such a judge would not be just, but corrupt, since the crime requires punishment.
THE DIVINE DILEMMA
How can a just God pardon a guilty sinner?
As a human judge cannot simply pardon a guilty criminal; God, the perfect Judge, cannot pardon the guilty sinner. “He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.” (Proverbs 17:15) Yet if God punishes every sinner as they deserve, then each one of us will rightfully spend eternity in Hell. “For all have sinned” (Romans 3:23), “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23), and “the soul who sins will die.” (Ezekiel 18:4)
You may think this doesn’t apply to you since your sins aren’t bad enough to call you wicked. Every sin, no matter how common or small it may seem, is a horrendous offense against a holy God who is righteous and perfectly just. Yes, each and every sin is a high crime against God Himself and He will ensure that justice is carried out.