Isa 45:21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.

God is a just God, He said that there is none beside Me, in other words there is no Buda, no Krishna, no this or that there is just God, who is a just God. Just God was in the beginning, just God said “let there be light,” just God created man, just God knew that man would fall into sin and just God sent us a savior, just God provided a way out. At those times when you didn't know how you got out, it was God who made a way out when you didn't see a way out, and I just wanted to let you know that it was, just God. It was just God....who got you out of that gang, off of that dope, off the street corner, off the set, or out of that mental institution. It was just God who as the song says, picked you up, turned you around, and placed your feet on solid ground, and God did it because He is a just God and God loves you. When we look at the word just as used in the context of Isaiah 45:21 we find that this term means to be right or fair and we also find out that the word just also means righteous. This attribute of God is called a communicable attribute. This means that it can be passed along to someone else, and in this case it means that by God being righteous or just, then we who are the children of God also receive righteousness, or as the old testament says, we become just.

In our text we see that God is calling out the gentiles and their false gods

challenging them to produce evidence that their false gods can foretell the

Future God is telling them that He has already produced evidence that He has already foretold the future, and the only way that He could do this is because God is a just God. A just God has to be omniscient in that He has to know all perfectly in order to make a perfect decision, and in being

Omniscient a just God has to be omnipresent so that He can observe

all that is going on. God also has to be omnipotent in order to administer the perfect execution, from a perfect decision, by perfect observation. In being just, God is always right, whether it be Condemnation or salvation God is always right. Whether we understand it, or it just doesn't make any sense, God is always right. Whether we agree with what’s going on, or we disagree with what's going on, God is always right so God is always just. By God being just, there comes a quality of being just, called justice and there are several ways in which the quality of God being just manifests itself. There is His legislative justice which let us know that in all rational beings God has a requirement of moral law, in other words we all know the difference between wrong and right, however when we are not in right relationship with God this understanding of wrong and right is dictated by the world or society that we live in. This is what we call a temporal understanding of right and wrong. For example, what might seem wrong to us in the united states, might not be wrong in Pakistan and what might seem wrong to somebody who is affluent might not seem wrong to somebody who is poor. What might seem wrong to somebody who grew up in the country might not seem wrong to somebody who grew up in the city, but God says that there is a way that seem righteth unto a man but therein are the ways of death, in other Words God is letting you know that you understand the concept of right and wrong for a reason and since the purpose for your existence is for you to please God, then you need to use this understanding in order that you find out and apply what God says is right and wrong. God told Isaiah 'Your ways are not my ways" and He also told Isaiah "come let us reason Together," Jesus said come and learn of me, God wants us to move beyond these temporal or temporary things and move toward the absolute or permanent things. Wrapped inside of this legislative justice are the aspects of remunerative and distributive justice. Distributive justice is when God distributes or gives out reward or punishment according to His Law. Psalms 89:14 says....Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face. With God's distribution of justice you either receive a reward or punishment. In remunerative justice he distributes rewards, James tells us Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. On the other side of God giving rewards, because He is, a just God, God also gives out or inflicts punishment on account of transgression which is called vindictive or punitive justice. Paul tells us in 2 Thessalonians 1:6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you. By God being a just God who does not change, then God must be just at all times, "He cannot deny himself.” And since God cannot deny Himself, then for every transgression there is punishment, “For God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap,” and we've sown a lot of negative things in our lives, we've sown anger, we've sown hatred, we've sown rebelliousness, we've sown lying, we've sown anxiety, we've sown stealing, we've sown fornication, we've sown violence. In general, we've sown some ungodliness, but thanks be to God, that by His grace Paul said...{1corl5:39} All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. 40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43 it is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

By God being a just God, God is a saving God, and by God being a saving God then since the first Adam or the first man brought death, and by the fact that a man brought death then there had to be a second Adam or the second man, the last Adam, to bring us life. In order for God to be a just God, or a fair God then in all fairness, God needed a perfect man, to live a perfect

Life to offer Himself as a perfect sacrifice and in order for this perfect man to live a perfect life and offer a perfect sacrifice....then this perfect man also needed to be perfectly God, at the same time.

Because this is death to life and not life to death then this perfect sacrifice needed to be raised from the grave at the perfect time, to open the perfect path that you can follow if you believe on Jesus Christ as

your Lord and Savior. The Bible tells us that we were already dead in our sins, so when you come to God, you come from death to life. You now receive new life and you begin to understand things differently, you have a different outlook, and you begin to do different things. So when folks ask you about the change that has come over your life you can tell them it's not me it's just God. When they ask you why you stopped doing the things that you used to do you can tell them, it's just God. It's just God who brought you out of that addiction or off that street corner. It's just God who brought you out of that lying or that gang, away from mr. bling, bling, or ms. much n much out of that unforgiveness or that depression. It's just God who brought you out of the hands of your enemies, away from the weapons that are formed against you.

In your heights, and your depths, over your hills and through your valleys.

Know that God Brought you out, and no matter what else that may come against you, know also that the battle is not yours and that God has already worked it out,

it's just God.

Be edified and encouraged on today!

Bishop W.C. Maddox 




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