Having a host of entities all ready to throw one book or another at us, it is satisfying to know that God’s adjudication of the human condition is far more noble than the rush to repay God with our faithfulness. It may come as a surprise that when God speaks in his court he speaks to justify or vindicate himself. This appears in Psalm 51 as David speaks about his sin and his recovery.
Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Psalms 51:4
The cross is God’s verdict, conditional on grace (his gift and my thanks) and faith (his faithfulness and my faith).
If David was condemned for his sin he should have also been executed. Apparently, God forgave him. Our Lord demonstrates his advocacy when a woman accused of a capital sin walks free when he rules “no condemnation from me”.
Everyone was pretty sure that she was worthy of death but not the Lord. Even faithful Moses, prosecutor-General (John 5:45), would have concurred. Recall Moses’ divorce allowance (amendment?).
Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope.
Divine justice. Romans 3:25
Mercyseat operations – blood and atonement – show his rightness.
[Christ] whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.
Since we cannot pay for our unbelief nor pay for the gift of life let us love with the love he’s given us. Is not thanks enough?
Lord, thanks for the grace
κύριε, χάρις χαριτι