As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one.” —Romans 3:10 ESV
As I’ve meditated on divine judgment, I’ve realized there are no innocent people ever born—except One! His name is Jesus. Every one of us has sinned, and every one of us deserves the judgment of God.
“Innocent” people (the ones oppressed) may experience judgment along with those who are more responsible. The children of the wicked are impacted by the sins of their parents. And the children of the righteous are impacted by the godliness of their parents. Their parents’ godliness can’t save them, but it can provide a refuge where they find faith in Christ. So, remember that our sins have consequences that impact people beyond ourselves.
God will be glorified, and His people will be blessed in the judgment of the wicked. This isn’t something that’s secondary to God’s plan. God’s judgment brings glory to His holiness, to His righteousness, and to His saving plan that He has made available so we can escape His wrath. God’s judgment puts His holiness, His goodness, His faithfulness, His mercy, and His greatness into stark relief!
Make it Personal
How has your life been impacted by the sins of other people? How has it been impacted by their godliness?