The Justice of God

Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 1:6-7, ‘God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.’

 

Observations: Paul is aware of ‘all the persecutions and trial you are enduring, (v4)’ and their ‘suffering. (v5)’ And now he wants to encourage them ‘that God is just.’ They shouldn’t doubt that God will do what is right, because by his very nature God is just. Paul assures them that God ‘will pay back trouble to those who trouble you.’ God sees what is going on and he will bring justice. But God is also a God of mercy, and he will not only bring justice to the perpetrators, but he will also bring relief to the victims. God cares about his children who are persecuted and who are suffering. But the questions we have to ask is when, because often we don’t see God’s justice, or his mercy. The answer that Paul gives is ‘when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.’ Paul isn’t saying that God won’t give justice or mercy in this life, but ultimately we will see God’s justice and mercy when Jesus returns and God’s kingdom is revealed in all its fullness. When Jesus returns everyone will be judged, and some will receive God’s justice and be condemned to an eternity separated from God – hell; and some will receive God’s mercy and be given eternal life – heaven.

 

Application: God wants us to pray for just, especially when it comes to those who persecute his people. And God wants us to pray for relief for the victims of persecution. And God in is sovereign plans may well answer those prayers in the way we desire. But even if he doesn’t intervene in this life we can be assured that God’s justice and mercy will win in the end. We can face persecution and suffering and trials knowing that in the life to come we will receive eternal life. We can face the uncertainty of the present knowing that our future is certain.

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that because of Jesus Christ I have experienced Your mercy, that all my sins have been forgiven, that You have given me Your Spirit, and that I have eternal life. In the ups and downs of life may I never forget Your mercy towards me in Jesus Christ. Lord, I ask that You will be merciful to Your people in Iraq and elsewhere in the world who are being persecuted for their faith in You. Lord, I ask that You will show Your justice, and bring them relief. And Lord, I pray that Your Son will return soon, that Jesus will be revealed from heaven in blazing fire to judge the nations and bring justice and eternal peace. In His name I pray. Amen.

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