No partiality

by Michael E. Brooks

“But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality” (Colossians 3:25, NJKV).

Late in the evening of June 1, 2001, ten members of the Royal Family of Nepal, including the reigning King and Queen, were brutally murdered in a shooting spree during a family dinner party.

The official investigation which followed determined that the Crown Prince, following a bitter quarrel with his mother over whom he was to marry, was the perpetrator, taking his own life after shooting the others.

It was found that the Royal bodyguards were in an adjacent building and were unable to respond in time to prevent any part of the tragedy.  A spokesman for the guards was quoted as saying:

“Even if we had been present we would not have been able to harm the Prince, even to save the lives of the King and others – He was to be the King, we could not do anything against him.”

One of the facts of life in this imperfect world of ours is that there are people with privilege – and many others without. No matter what the politics or culture, some people get special treatment. Some can get away with crime. There is always partiality.

But that is true only in the human realm. Spiritually, there is no partiality. Each one will reap as he sows (Galatians 6:7). The time is coming when “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10).

Man is fallible and prone to sin. He is incapable of true justice because of his tendency to corruption and also because of imperfect knowledge and judgment. God, however, is perfectly wise and just, holy and righteous in all that he does (Deuteronomy 32:4).

“There is no partiality with God” (Romans 2:10), therefore all who do righteously will inherit eternal life, and “every soul of man who does evil” will perish forever (Romans 2:7, 12).

Injustice is one of the greatest of all evils. It is a source of untold suffering and tragedy.

Every human can recount numerous instances of being treated unfairly, of receiving that which was not deserved. When that is on the positive side (an unearned bonus) we are grateful. When it is negative (punishment for something we did not do) we complain.

Most of us feel there are many more negative instances of injustice than positive. We are embittered, discouraged and enraged at how life treats us. We seek vindication or even retribution for the wrongs done against us. How greatly we yearn for life to be fair.

God is perfectly just, sparing us from any undeserved punishment and rewarding all our righteous acts. In fact he is far more than fair, providing forgiveness, not punishment for our many sins. We can rest assured that no one, regardless of wealth, race, genealogy, or worldly accomplishments, will be treated any better (or worse) than we.

There is no partiality. God is fair. We can trust him, always.

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