|Posted by John on February 4, 2013 at 9:20 PM|
In my opinion, The only justice God requires, ultimately, is that we SEE HIM CLEARLY. Then we will SEE CLEARLY what we are and what we have done so that we can SEE CLEARLY what He has done for us. Then we will SEE CLEARLY whether we ought to(if we can) make restitution and DECLARE FULLY our culpability and REJOICE that God has FULLY FORGIVEN US. Since no one can pay for their sins and no punishment can re-mediate sins and no one can fix the fissure in the relationship between man and God but God- who has done it through the sacrifice of His Son, JUSTICE IS ACKNOWLEDGING the sufficiency of that sacrifice for our sins AND FOR ANYONE WHO HAS SINNED AGAINST US. This to me is REPENTANCE AND FAITH TOWARDS GOD, from among the the foundation doctrines of Hebrews 6.
Any and all punishment/kolassis/ or fire/pur meted out, whether many stripes or few, is not to provide payment or to equal the balances- THAT CANNOT BE DONE BY PUNISHMENT OR WORKS OR RESTITUTION.
Any and all punishment/kolassis or fire/pur meted it out is ONLY TO HELP ONE SEE, to open the eyes of the blind, to consume the veil that covers the eyes of the hearts of the adversaries, operating in the form of bringing light that is fire to darkness/flesh/veils.
Once the person/being SEES, JUSTICE IS RENDERED. Anyone who does not glorify God in the moment of their conviction, has not seen. Thus, into the lake of fire(now or then, same principle).
But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
Those who have not turned to the Lord remain veiled/blinded/in darkness.
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Those who have turned to the Lord are being JUSTIFIED from glory to glory, from vision to deeper vision as the veils are removed in progressive sanctification thru the spirit of grace.
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Those who have not seen are lost. We are the lamp set upon the Lampstand, the City set on a hill. Carrying about in our bodies the suffering of Christ "Forgive them Father, they don't know what they are doing.....If I be lifted up i will draw all men unto me." The darker it gets the more clearly we will shine- For God who has commanded the light to shine out of the darkness has shined in our hearts to give the light........
and the earth was without form and void and darkness covered the face of the deep, and the Spirit hovered over the face of the waters, and the voice of the lord said, 'LET THERE BE LIGHT, and there was light and god saw that it was good, and there was evening and morning, the first day :o)
this is the FIRST DAY. Seeing Jesus crucified(evening) and raised from the dead(morning) to conquer sin and death. Repentence(evening, experiencing the revelation of the cross) and faith towards God(morning, the all sufficiency of God in our lives)