As mercy is God’s goodness confronting human misery and guilt, so grace is His goodness directed toward human debt and demerit. It is by His grace that God imputes mercy where none previously existed and declares no debt to be where one had been before.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 75
He has always dealt in mercy with mankind and will always deal in justice when His mercy is despised. Thus He did in antedivulian times; thus when Christ walked among men; thus He is doing today and will continue always to do for no other reason than that He is God. If we could remember that the divine mercy is not a temporary mood but an attribute of God’s eternal being, we would no longer fear that it will someday cease to be.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 72-73
Mercy is an attribute of God, an infinite and inexhaustible energy within the divine nature which disposes God to be actively compassionate.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 72
The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions. It hushes their fears and allows them to practice all pleasant forms of iniquity while death draws every day nearer and the command to repent goes unregarded. As responsible moral beings we dare not so trifle with our eternal future.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 71
A simpler and more familiar solution for the problem of how God can be just and still justify the unjust is found in the Christian doctrine of redemption. It is that, through the work of Christ in atonement, justice is not violated but satisfied when God spares a sinner. Redemptive theology teaches that mercy does not become effective toward a man until justice has done its work. The just penalty for sin was exacted when Christ our Substitute died for us on the cross.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 70-71
The truth is that there is not and can never be anything outside of the nature of God which can move Him in the least degree. All God’s reasons come from within His uncreated being. Nothing has entered the being of God from eternity, nothing has been removed and nothing has been changed.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 70
Our love is proportional to our understanding of forgiveness. And because forgiveness is supernatural, we have ability as Christians to love God supernaturally.
– Dever, Mark & Jamie Dunlop; The Compelling Community: Where God’s Power Makes a Church Attractive; Crossway; Wheaton, IL; Copyright 2015; Kindle Edition; Page 44
Justice embodies the idea of moral equity, and iniquity is the exact opposite; it is inequity, the absence of equality from human thoughts and acts. Judgment is the application of equity to moral situations and may be favorable or unfavorable according to whether the one under examination has been equitable or inequitable in heart and conduct.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 69-70