God is Just
He Cannot Overlook Our Sin
The second characteristic of God is His justice. As “the Judge of all the earth” God will do what is just on judgment day (GENESIS 18:25 ). Because He is just and cannot overlook a single sin; and because He shows no partiality, He must judge every person by the same standard.
Matthew 25:41 shows a picture of God judging the nations at the end of the world.
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: MATTHEW 25:41
The Bible teaches that God is “not willing that any should perish” (2 PETER 3:9 ). He prepared this eternal place of judgment for the devil and his angels. But here we see people being cast into eternal punishment. Who are these people “on His left”?
This leaves us with a dilemma because the Bible teaches:
All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. ROMANS 3:23A
When we come short of the glory of God we come short of His holy standard of perfection. God tells us, “Be ye holy; for I am holy” (I PETER 1:16 ). Most of us are willing to admit that we have sinned, but many do not know that because of God’s holy nature, sin disqualifies us from having a relationship with God.
Imagine you and a friend having a contest to see which of you can jump to the top of a thirty-foot flagpole. One of you might be able to jump higher than the other, but neither of you could reach the top. You would both fall short of the goal. The same thing is true of our relationship with God. While some people might be better than others, no one is perfect. All of us fall short of His standard of holy perfection.
We will look at three more of God’s character traits, but if this were all we knew about Him, who could have a relationship with our holy God? No one!