I will present you with some uncomfortable questions:
- Who is the injured party in man’s sin and sins? If you say God (which I judge to be correct), then,
- The Law says that the injured man exacts retribution (Deut.19:12). Thus, God should be the “avenger”
- The Law says that the “Witness” of the crime shall be the first upon the criminal unto death (Deut.17:7). God was the Witness to all men’s sins
- If Jesus takes our place in retribution, shall not it be God’s hand upon Him that He die?
What say you?
No, not uncomfortable at all my friend!
1. Then we are in agreement. God would be the injured party.
2. But then we would be considering God as man and we can’t. Unlike sinful man, God’s vengeance is balanced with His love. Therefore His vengeance by His choice doesn’t outweigh His Grace one single bit. The Lord God does have preferences though. He promised it to us… 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Therefore His promise does outweigh his vengeance, again by His choice. So He will not send said vengeance on those He gave a way to escape it. However those that don’t take the way to escape it abide in His righteous judgement.
3. See answer 2!
4. It was Jesus’ choice to give His life, and man was the predictable instrument to take it. Not God the Father.