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Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2012 05:56:02 -0800 (PST)
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Straight to the Cross

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COLUMN: FIELD NOTES

No partiality
 by Michael E. Brooks
http://tinyurl.com/7arwo9n

   "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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