Of Joy and Judgment

“And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.”Revelation 5:5, 6

We need not pit the eternally predestined decrees of God against the means He has ordained to carry out His predetermined plan according to His will and good pleasure. Surely, a decree of God is a decree of God.

Do we see in scripture that the same throne of grace upon which Christ’s sits (Revelation 4) is the very same great white throne of judgment whereon He sits in that notable Day of the LORD (Revelation 20)? There are not many thrones. There is only one, and One only who sits upon it: our ruling and reigning King of kings and Lord of lords. Our gratitude for His abounding grace exists and is only as exultant proportionally with the reality of God’s holy and perfect justice revealed. He who denies God’s justice does not know God’s grace, neither hath he received God’s mercy.

Do we see in scripture that the very same Presence of God, which is a consuming fire against idolaters and covenant breakers, is to men of faith, the same Presence that makes them gracious partakers of the fullness of joy and pleasures forever more at His right hand? ( see Deuteronomy 4:23-24; Psalm 16:11; et al)

Do we recognize that the God of peace and of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3; Philippians 4:9) “is a man of war” (Exodus 15:3) and casts upon the wicked “the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them” (Psalm 78:49)?

Not only is Jesus Christ both the Lion of Judah, He is also the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world. Jesus of Nazareth is both reigning King and suffering Servant. Jesus Christ is both the Man of sorrows and the God of all joy. He is our Great High Priest and our Atoning Sacrifice.

Were Christ not perfectly just in His eternal goodness, His mercy would be unnecessary because that mercy would be meaningless, for there is no authority or power behind it. But thanks be to God that Christ is immutably righteous, exceeding all righteousnesses of every man, woman and child who ever was and ever will be. Because there is none righteous, all of God’s grace is necessary for man to act upon the smallest of mustard seed faith. Because Christ’s righteousness is impeccable and immutable, God’s grace on behalf of Jesus Christ is sufficient to save the vilest sinner, effectual to rescue the most remote of the lost, and powerful to redeem the most desperate prisoner bound by Satan, the world, and the flesh.

About Jon J. Cardwell

"The Spirited Speaker" - Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Nationally recognized speaker and publisher. Author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.

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