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propitiation.? This statement ignores the fact that punishment is never in Scripture regarded as an expression of God?s love, but always of God?s holiness. When we say that we love God, let us make sure that it is the true God, the God of holiness that we love, for only this love will make us like him.

The moral indignation of a whole universe of holy beings against moral evil, added to the agonizing self-condemnations of awakened conscience in all the unholy, is only a faint and small reflection of the awful revulsion of God?s infinite justice from the impurity and selfishness of his creatures, and of the intense, organic, necessary, and eternal reaction of his moral being in self-vindication and the punishment of sin; see <244404>Jeremiah 44:4 ? ?Oh do not this abominable thing that I hate!? <043223>Numbers 32:23 ? ?be sure your sin will find you out? <581030>Hebrews 10:30, 31 ? ?For we know him that said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.? On justice as an attribute of a moral governor, see N. W. Taylor, Moral Government 2:253-293; Owen, Dissertation on Divine Justice, in Works, 10:483-624.

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