by Jonathan McLeod

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What the Cross Says About God's Righteousness (4 of 6)
Series: The Cross: What It Says About God
Jonathan McLeod
Romans 3:25-26

Whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.


Righteousness is one of God's moral attributes. "God's righteousness means that God always acts in accordance with what is right and is himself the final standard of what is right" (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, p. 203).

People often argue that the God of the Bible is not always righteous. They point to some of the doctrines (e.g., hell) and stories (e.g., the flood) of the Bible and say, "That's wrong!" (Ad-mittedly, there are no easy answers to some of these objections.)

Abraham once questioned God's righteousness. When God told him that he was going to destroy the city of Sodom, Abraham said, "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?" (Gen. 18:25). Abraham was concerned that God was going to punish the righteous with the wicked (v. 23). In the end, Abraham trusted that God would do what was right.

God always does what is RIGHT.

There are many statements in Scripture about the righteousness of God. "Righteous are you, O LORD, when I complain to you; yet I would plead my case before you. Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all who are treacherous thrive?" (Jer. 12:1). "The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he" (Deut. 32:4). "Righteous are you, O LORD, and right are your rules" (Ps. 119:137). "The LORD is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works" (Ps. 145:17). "I will speak the truth; I will declare what is right" (Isa. 45:19). "'I am the LORD who practices ...

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