Acts 9.1-6 – The righteous justice and mercy of God.
Posted: 30 November 2011 in Acts

And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, and desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me. And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

The Bible contains many examples of people who, having tresspassed against God, attract his retribution. For example, in Acts 12.23 Herod Agrippa (the first of two people to bear that name) is struck down dead without so much as a by-your-leave. And yet are other enemies of God, of whom Paul was undoubtedly one, who, instead of attracting God’s wrath, receive his mercy instead – and perhaps even a very privileged vocation, as in Paul’s case.

Why this difference? I suppose part of the answer is, so that we can sit here pondering that very question. If mercy was always on display, and sin never punished, then clearly the idea would soon take hold that sin didn’t matter very much. And yet it is God’s will to have mercy upon those of his creatures he chooses (in his absolute sovereignty) to be recipients of his grace. Those who are not recipients of mercy will have no ground for complaint, because they will be receiving nothing more than justice from a just God. But other of his creatures, who do receive mercy, will worship the Lord in eternity for his righteous judgment, and also for his mercy: Both of which he will have shown forth as being attributes of his holiness, and therefore equally things he must be worshipped for.

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