there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust

Acts 24:14-15 (ESV)

14 But this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets, 15 having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust.

Paul is speaking here as he stands before Governor Felix at Caesarea.

He’s effectively on trial for preaching the truth.

For sharing his “hope in God” of a bodily resurrection.

Denying this fact will not make it untrue.

Disbelieving in God and His Son, Jesus Christ, does not make them any less real.

At the end of our days here on earth, we will stand before God and have to make a reckoning of our lives.

The just and the unjust alike will be resurrected. But only those “made righteous” through Christ will receive “eternal life” (Romans 5:19ff).

For many this is a hard pill to swallow.

They seek to reason why, if He truly is a loving God, He should act differently.

However, His actions are just and fair.

And it’s not for us to question why. But instead to be thankful that He provided a solution to our unjustness, namely Jesus.

Kim+

prayer : thank you that you are a just God, “slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love” (Psalms 103:8)

action : profess the “hope” I have “in God”

he will bring forth justice to the nations

Isaiah 42:1 (ESV)

1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my Spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.

This verse is clearly prophetic about Jesus as indicated in Matthew 12:17ff.

Yet a few things are interesting:

Firstly, He is described as a “servant”. Despite being the Son of God (Philippians 2:6-7).

Secondly, He is “chosen” (Luke 23:35).

Thirdly, He is God’s “beloved” Son (Mark 1:11) and thus anointed with the Holy “Spirit” (Mark 1:10, Acts 10:38).

And finally, He will ultimately “judge the world with righteousness” (Psalm 9:8, John 5:30, Matthew 16:27, Revelation 20:12).

Plenty of food for thought.

Kim+

prayer : thank God for His Son, Jesus Christ

action : “tell of His salvation from day to day” (Psalm 96:2)

To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice

“To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.” Proverbs 21:3 (ESV)

Righteousness. To be right with God. To be in a right relationship with Him. Reconciled to Him.

But what does it mean to do righteousness?

Does it mean to do God’s will? To act in such a way as to bring Him glory? To love like He loves?

And justice. To be fair. Equitable. Lawful. Right.

Yet God’s justice is administered with grace and mercy.

Yes, He punishes those who sin. Who transgress. Who rebel and reject Him.

But He also offers all of us a way out. A scape “goat” (Leviticus 4:23) in the person of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:2), who was and is the perfect “sacrifice”.

God doesn’t want our empty offerings as if we can pay for our sins in this way.

Instead, He wants us to be a “living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1).

“Confessing” our sins and “praying” for one another (James 5:16).

Kim+

prayer : that the saints in my church would “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord” (Colossians 1:10)

action : that I too would would “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord”