Sunday, August 30, 2009
The Concept of Recompense
The following is from the New Revised Standard Anglicized version of the New Testament.
II Cor 5 (a totally fascinating revelation for me)
So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For all of us must appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.
I like the word, for it had the wider connotation of not only justice for bad deeds but justice for the victim's of bad deeds, or bad breaks, or being born in really bad times, or in really bad circumstance or really bad families, or really bad countries, or abortion loving times.
I could go on but you get the point. I have always been sensitive to people I know who suffer from illness and have limited lives, from victims of accidents like Philip and Lucy Bliss, D.L Moody's song leader. They were in a train trestle collapse when he was 38 and left their children parent less. All the martyrs like Jim Elliot and Nate Saint, all the victims of war and violence and religious or political harm.
If there is an age for dealing with all this, for both weal and woe, as the old hymnals said, then we have a scenario that really does continue to make God just and the justifier of sinners, and really does make mercy to triumph over judgment, and stills the voice of the "Hell lovers" who insist like Anselm that an infinite sin demands an infinite punishment. Age enduring recompense. It is biblically defensable, and fits God's New Covenant character....not, I'm gonna get you, but..I am making all things right.