Encounters

Someone once said: ‘To the one who doesn’t want to be with God, even heaven will be hell [for the person]’.

The truth is that everyone will encounter God. Infact, everyone will encounter God both in life and the afterlife. In actuality, it’s a choice between accepting or rejecting him.

The presentation of the gospel is a man’s chance to make that choice. With respect to the problem of sin and God’s redemptive plan, Man will encounter Christ Jesus as three personalities for lack of a better word in these regards.

So in my next three or so posts, I will be attempting to present to us these three personalities, their significance and how they relate to us.

The first is Christ Jesus the Just.

Why is this important? In Scripture several men were referred to as Just, for example Joseph the earthly father of Jesus as it were. The idea behind the word Just is that word Equitable. It can be a relative or absolute term. It is derived from the word that means Right. It’s a judicial word. It is a word used to describe the standing of a man relative to a legal/justice system

Amongst men, Just is usually a relative term, it’s an attempt to seperate a man from other men, and to demonstrate that, he is closer to an ideal than others. Man could not be described as Just in absolute terms, because:

Romans 3:10

With respect to the justice system of God, no man is righteous, not even one. That was until Jesus Christ came on the scene. He was such a man, that though being found a man, was fit to be called a Just man in its absolute sense. It was not something he was made. It was something that he was. It wasn’t just relative to other men. It was so, even when examined in the light of the justice system of God. It was intrinsic.

Listen to Peter in Acts Chapter 3. Jesus Christ wasn’t just a Martyr or some big shot religious guy. He was the Holy One and the Just One. That’s why he could say the things that he said. He confronted the hypocrisy in the religious order of his day, walked and worked without the knowing of sin, lived without having room in his heart for the prince of this world. Only such a man could suffice to be a savior.

Amongst men, when a man attempts to demonstrate some moral superiority, he is often asked, who are you to judge? But not this man, he was the only one qualified to judge, yet he didn’t. Because actually the world was already judged, and only a just man, a man part of the system but not of it, could offer to deliver it.

He confronts every man in the gospel, for in the gospel, the righteousness of God is revealed. And the personification of that Righteousness is Jesus Christ the Just One.

The idea is that, a man, by choosing to accept and side with him and his proposition as clearly elucidated in the gospel, such a man will come into good standing with the justice system of God. He will be made right. He will be made just.

If this be so, what then ought to be our response? Again we turn to Apostle Peter:

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