For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us. (Isaiah 33:22)
God Almighty is the Judge in His Court of Law, the Lawgiver of His Laws of Truth, and the King of the subjects in His Kingdom. He never has allowed rebellion against His authority in the past and never will allow rebellion against His authority in the future without divine judgment being served against the transgressors. He declared His righteousness to His Court Of Law by propitiating the holiness of His eternal Law of Truth when He provided the sinless sacrifice of His only Son to redeem the subjects of His kingdom from their past transgressions against His Holy Law.
“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believes in Jesus.” (Romans 3:24-26)
THE COURT OF GOD’S LAW
It was necessary for God to provide a sinless Lamb on the cross of Calvary to suffer the judgment and wrath of Almighty God against the transgressions of His Law to retain His own righteousness. If He would have allowed one transgression to go without the judgment of eternal death He would have been unjust, unrighteous, and unholy Judge in His own Court Of Law.
“Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sins, it shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:4)
“Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he has put him to grief: when You shall make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.” (Isaiah 53:10)
When a man takes responsibility for his transgressions against the Court of God’s Law, repents of his sin, and puts faith in the Lamb of God, the holy blood of the Lamb propitiates the Law of God so that transgressor can be legally forgiven the debt against the Court. A sinless substitute has legally satisfied the just penalty for transgressions against The Law of God, and therefore the offending soul has been acquitted in the eyes of the Court.
The repentant man has been redeemed from his debt of sin against the Court of God by the sacrificial blood of the sinless Lamb, has been legally acquitted, justified, and could be even declared to be in right standing in the Court of God’s Justice by the grace of the Judge Himself.
THE UNCHANGING LAW OF JUSTICE
Now if the same Court of God’s Justice required a sinless substitute to legally propitiate the transgressions against His Holy Law for sins of the past would that Court then allow contempt and disobedience by future transgressions without requiring the same penalty of eternal death? No.
The King’s Law is eternal and unchanging. The Court of Justice must always operate by the same Law of Truth by carrying the same penalty for all violations. If the Judge in The Court of God’s Law was to allow a different propitiation for violations He would declare His own injustice the first time.
“The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity. For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.” (Malachi 2:6-7)
All kingdom subjects under the jurisdiction of the law of the land are required to obey the authority of law in the future after they have been redeemed, justified, and declared righteous with The Court just as they were required in the past. The King’s Law of Truth can never be violated even if He provides a way of redemption and acquittal of past transgression through His grace.
“I counsel you to keep the king’s commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God. Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil thing; for he does whatever pleases him. Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What are you doing? Whoever keeps the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerns both time and judgment.” (Ecclesiastes 8:2-5)
DUE PROCESS OF THE KINGDOM
The Lord Jesus Christ is the sinless sacrificial Lamb of God that provided pardon for the sins of the whole human race past, present, and future, but only those that take responsibility for their transgressions against the authority of the King’s Law are entitled to receive the benefits of redemption. The Judge has declared that the Lamb’s sacrificial substitution satisfied the Court to such an extent that even future transgressions against the King’s government could be remitted, if sincere repentance and confession was made towards the Court as it was the first time. Now the fact that sins must be confessed before forgiveness and cleansing is given from the Court testifies to the truth that forgiveness of sins are not automatic, and that unconfessed sin are not forgiven.
“The next day John sees Jesus coming unto him, and says, ‘Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.’” (John 1:29)
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:8-10)
“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:” (Psalms 66:18)
However, there are some sins against the King’s Law that require specific retribution before forgiveness is extended and sins are cleansed away from the books.
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6:14-15)
There has never been a Sovereign Monarch known to man that allowed despite and rebellion against the King’s Law without a just retribution being served. Those that received pardon from past violations never have any guarantee of future pardon. Insincere repentance or unrepentant violators always receive the same penalty in the present and the future as they would have in the past if they had not taken responsibility for their violations against the King’s Law the first time.
“Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O you wicked servant, I forgave you all that debt, because you desired me: Shouldn’t you also have had compassion on your fellow servant, even as I had pity on you? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if you from your hearts forgive not everyone his brother their trespasses.” (Matthew 18:32-35)
Furthermore, there is one sin against the authority of the King’s Law that will never be forgiven, no matter what amount of repentance and confession is made, not in this world, nor the next life, even though the supreme sacrifice of the sinless Lamb of God was provided through King’s grace.
“Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaks a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaks against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.” (Matthew 12:31-32)
THE LAW OF CHRIST, THE LORD OVER THE KINGDOM
The Lord Jesus Christ is The Living Word of God. He is the King’s Living Law of Truth. His Words are The Eternal Law of God, and He is The Lord over God’s kingdom. All of God’s people, angels, and creatures are under His authority because God The Father has made Him Lord over all, made Him Heir over all His domain, and gave Him power and authority over all of His kingdom. All of the subjects of the kingdom of God are required to honor Him as The King, and obey His authority. He also has been made The Judge. There will never be a son or daughter of God, or a subject of the kingdom of God that will not be required to obey the Law of Truth spoken by The Lord Jesus.
“He that rejects me, and receives not my words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” (John 12:48)
“Because he has appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he has ordained; whereof he has given assurance unto all men, in that he has raised him from the dead.” (Acts 17:31)
“To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.” (1 Corinthians 9:21)
THE LAMB’S BOOK OF LIFE
Every person that repents of their past sins against the Court of God’s Law become sons of God, subjects of The King, and enter into the kingdom of God. Their names are written in The Lamb’s Book of Life, and the Lamb alone has the authority given to Him to decide who is a worthy subject of the kingdom of God and who is not. Those that obey His authority will have their names remain in His Book of Life, and those that rebel against His authority will have their names blotted out of His Book of Life. The same judgment will be given to them as the unbelievers for their unrepentant transgressions, and the hypocrites for their insincere repentance.
“But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delays his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looks not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 24:48-51)
A confession of faith in Christ must come from the heart and be evidenced by obedience to the authority of His Word. If eternal salvation was based on only a verbal confession of faith in Christ as Savior, the Lamb of God would have no basis for blotting names of believers out of His Book of Life after the fact. Furthermore, this is referencing believers in Christ as their personal Savior, and not unbelievers, because unbelievers’ names are never written in The Lamb’s Book of Life.
“Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;” (Hebrews 5:8-9)
“The beast that you saw was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.” (Revelation 17:8)
“He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” (Revelation 3:5)
“And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defiles, neither whatsoever works abomination, or makes a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” (Revelation 21:27)
“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15)
Jesus is LORD!