This was written in the 3rd century, AD, by Augustin, Bishop of Hippo
“The divine institution of sacrifice was suitable in the former dispensation, but is not suitable now. For the change suitable to the present age has been enjoined by God, who knows infinitely better than man what is fitting for every age, and who is, whether he give or add, abolish or curtail, increase or diminish, the unchangeable
Governor as He is the unchangeable Creator of mutable things, ordering all events in his Providence until the beauty of the completed course of time, the component parts of which are the dispensations adapted to each successive age, shall be finished, like the grand melody of some ineffably wise master of song, and those pass into the eternal contemplation of God who here, though it is a time of faith, not of sight, are acceptably worshipping Him.
If it is now established that that which was for one age rightly ordained may be in another age rightly changed, the alteration indicating a change in the work, not the plan, of Him who makes the change, the plan being framed by His reasoning faculty, to which unconditioned by succession in time, those things are simultaneously present which cannot be actually done at the same time because the ages succeed each other.”
(This was written by brother Scott Mitchell, pastor of Grace Family Bible Church in Seguin, Texas.)
There is a popular bumper sticker that reads,“If you want peace, pray for justice.” Justice consists in giving to every one what is his due. In other words,getting what we deserve, or “I want what’s coming to me.”
The truth is, if we got what we deserved, we’d be dead. See, justice is measured by a judge. The judge of all mankind is God Almighty, who has already tried our case in court and found us guilty.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”Romans 3:23
You didn’t choose to be born a sinner, but you have a sin nature which you inherited from your parents going all the way back to Adam. We ended up sinners by nature and by choice, but the Bible says,
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord…..Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification.” Romans 6:23; 4:25
The fact of the matter is, we don’t need justice, we need mercy. God was merciful in sending His Son to die for your sins at Calvary.1
He extended His grace towards all mankind by putting His own Son to death on the cross, the death which you and I deserved.
You can’t do anything to save yourself, but you can receive the mercy that God has freely given to you by believing on Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, trusting that He died to pay for all of your sins.
Have you ever done this? If not, why not now?
1 Cor 15:3-4
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures ↩