Question 18: Will God allow our disobedience and idolatry to go unpunished?
No, every sin is against the sovereignty, holiness, and goodness of God, and against his righteous law, and God is righteously angry with our sins and will punish them in his just judgment both in this life, and in the life to come.
People are constantly crying out for justice. We want to see the guilty party “pay” for the injustice they committed. Some people riot in the streets when they feel that justice has not been served while others riot against God and question His sense of justice. “How can God allow this injustice to occur”, we demand? “it’s not fair!” we exclaim. And yet when confronted with our own injustice and the myriad of times we have chosen to turn our backs on God, gone our own way and done our own thing we cry out for “mercy”. We fail to recognize that JUSTICE demands that all of us suffer eternal punishment that results in our separation from God.
God is just. The penalty is death. But thankfully there is one who has endured the punishment and paid the price for our disobedience and idolatry. That person is Jesus Christ and if we will turn our lives over to Him we will be spared the punishment we JUSTLY deserve. Thanks be to God that He is both JUST and the JUSTIFIER for all who follow Jesus! (Rom. 3:26)