Kingdom Attribute – Justice

If asked to describe the coming Kingdom of God, how would you describe it?  Perhaps you would talk about the end of wars and violence.  Peace on earth extending even to the animal kingdom as arch rivals – wolf and lamb playing and resting together.  The capitol city of Jerusalem will be exalted over the other mountains and the other mountains will be lowers while the valleys are raised.  The righteous will be given a new body of perfection and they will live forever.  There will be no more sickness or death and sorrow and all tears will be a thing of the past.  God and Christ will rule and dwell on the earth with the saints.

Perhaps we should spend more time pondering these amazing truths!  The fact that God is going to cause His will to be done on the earth like it is in heaven is awesome.

One attribute that I was thinking about recently was that of justice.  M-w.com defines justice in the following way:

“the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments”

Often overlooked by me, I found myself focusing on this aspect in some of the very passages I would often turn to to see the other aspects that I listed above.

Isaiah 2:2-4 – Now it will come about that In the last days the mountain of the house of the LORD will be established as the chief of the mountains, and will be raised above the hills; and all the nations will stream to it. And many peoples will come and say, “come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that He may teach us concerning His ways and that we may walk in His paths.” For the law will go forth from Zion and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And He will judge between the nations, and will render decisions for many peoples; and they will hammer their words into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they learn war.

When this event happens, a major element is that the judge will take his throne and start executing justice.  In the verses following these we hear more on this:

Isaiah 2:11-12 – The proud look of man will be abased and the loftiness of man will be humbled, and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day. For the LORD of hosts will have a day of reckoning against everyone who is proud and lofty and against everyone who is lifted up, that he may be abased.

Now, lets turn this to our world today.  There is a lot of injustice being done in the world.  Children are hurt and abandon, the elderly are neglected and mistreated, women are beaten and abused.  The oil companies are making record millions while some are choosing to fill up at the pump or buy groceries.  Faithful spouses find out their partner has cheated on them.  Entire nations live in poverty while others are fat and overweight from their prosperity.  Those who do good are unnoticed while those who are perverted and do evil are placed on pedestals.  Sadly this list could continue as well.

This is why the element of the justice coming with the Kingdom is so big.  Those who have done evil will be called into account – even if they never had been during this evil age.  God will take care of these injustices that have occurred. 

This is an important principle for us to understand for our every day living as well.  We are instructed to forgive, not return evil for evil and even love our enemies.  The reason that these commands of Christ are so reasonable is that God is going to deal with things when Christ returns to the earth!

We don’t want to forgive because we think it means the ill someone did to us will be justified or it will make what they did right.  However, we can and should forgive even if they never realize they have done wrong – God will take care of it.

We want to respond with evil and take revenge or stand up for ourselves when someone does wrong to us.  If we have been mistreated, our natural response often would be to do the evil back to them.  However, we can endure hardship and evils done to us because our Father will execute vengeance for His children.

We also have no desire to show love to those who do wrong to us thus being our enemies.  Even if we don’t return back the evil, we surely don’t need to actively love them?!!  However, because we know of the justice that is coming in the Kingdom, we instead love them, do good to them and even pray for them!  We know of all people that those doing evil will need forgiveness on judgment day.

In these three practical situations, the coming justice that will be done in the Kingdom is critical to having the right perspective on these commands of Christ.  Hopefully, as the LORD has recently impressed upon my heart, this aspect of the Kingdom will become more clear in our hearts till it effects our lives now.

  • What other sections of Scripture speak to this theme?
  • What are some of the injustices in the world today and how will they be made right in the coming Kingdom?
  • What else are you thinking in light of these ideas?

To listen to a sermon with this theme click here or to watch it, click here.

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