Everything that GOD is and therefore everything that GOD does is Just!
Everything that GOD has done, is doing, and will do is just, there is no fairness in His Kingdom.
In today’s use of fair or fairness the common understanding is what is right according to me and/or the group I belong to. Socialist believe it is fair to take money from the rich and give it to the poor thereby making them equals. Capitalists believe it is fair that they keep and spend the money they earned how they want and that the poor have the same opportunity as they had. Neither is right, both are wrong, that is what fair or fairness is.
In today’s use just or justice means what is right by the highest standard without prejudice or partiality. The Constitution is the highest standard in the United States, the Bible is the highest standard in the world. Both can be and have been misunderstood and misrepresented when fairness is applied to their interpretation.
GOD’s application of the judgments of the Law of Moses to the nation of Israel was just because all they had to do was love Him with all their heart, mind, and strength and love their neighbor as themselves, keep the 10 commandments and the feasts. Why was that so hard? Sin! Sin is the result of pride and out of pride come fairness and equality.
In Matthew 20:1-16 Jesus tells the story of a land owner hiring workers throughout the course of a day and then paying them all the same wage at the end of the day. The workers who were hired first and the only group that had an agreed upon wage for the day expected to get paid more than those hired for only the last couple of hours of the work day, they thought that was fair since they did the most work. The land owner felt it was his right to pay all of the workers as he felt was fair. Both were right based on fairness from their perspectives, both were wrong based on fairness from the others perspective.
But, Jesus did not speak this parable as a lesson on land owners and workers rights and responsibilities. He spoke this parable on the justness of GOD in receiving into His Kingdom those just saved by the skin of their teeth and those who had spent most or all of their lives serving in His Kingdom. There are many in the Church today who reject what GOD is doing because they feel left out or put aside as if they are looking in rather than participating in what He is doing. They are jealous of GOD’s grace to those who just got out of prison or off drugs or came out of some sinful sexual lifestyle and are suddenly propelled into national and international ministries while they have tried to serve faithfully going through many trials yet continue to struggle for recognition in the Church.
Another often misunderstood parable of Jesus is Luke 15:11-32, ‘The lost son’. The easy part is the love of the father for the lost son who was dead but is not alive. But what about the older brother, he was jealous of the father’s love for his wayward son who suddenly returns to be receive as an equal to himself the hard working and faithful son who the father never blessed. What is the father’s response to this son? “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me and all that I have is yours.’” The father’s love for his older son was just as great as his love for the wayward son, but the older son was always busy trying to please his father and not asking for his blessing. GOD wants us to be both busy about the work of His Kingdom that He has called and gifted us for and to ask for and receive His blessings during the process. All three parables of Luke 15 are about the rejoicing over the lost being found, but this parable is also about the love and blessing of the Father for the faithful sons.
Jesus reinforces this teaching in Matthew 21:28-32, ‘The two sons’. Jesus compared the son that said he would do the father’s will but did not to the religious leaders of His day. Today we have many who claim to be servants of GOD but they are busy building their own kingdom ministry rather than doing what He tells them to do. The religious leaders of His day rejected the teachings of John the Baptist and Jesus Himself even though they knew the scriptures because it did not agree with how they wanted to serve GOD. We see this in the Church today as well.
In Jesus’ parable in Luke 16:19-31, ‘The rich man and Lazarus’, the rich man did not complain about the unfairness of Lazarus being in Abraham’s Bosom and he being in hell. He knew that GOD’s judgment was just, he was asking for mercy for himself after the fact and grace for his brothers that were still alive. But, Abraham told him that the judgment was final and the living have the same choices and opportunity as he and Lazarus had because GOD is just. Abraham emphasized that the living had all they needed to know GOD and His will. We have even more scripture and we have the Holy Spirit of GOD living in us how much more are we going to be held accountable before GOD to hear and obey what He is doing in our day? We will be held to the same level of accountability because GOD is just. The lost still have to believe, repent, and confess; believers still have to obey and serve.
Luke 16:14-18, “Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him. And He said to them,‘You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it.And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail. Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced from her husband commits adultery.’” What? Is Jesus telling the Pharisees that even though they justify themselves GOD knows their hearts and judges them justly, then He has a sudden thought about marriage and divorce? No! His point is that both Israel and the Church are the Bride of Christ and when we as an individual or organization leave the Bride of Christ (Church of Christ or Body of Christ) and join our self to another religion that caters to our desire we are committing adultery.
Reread all of Jesus’ parables from the perspective of eternal judgment into either heaven or hell