There was a shift, and we stand to benefit. We can not only enjoy the benefit of the shift, but we are actually invited to multiply the benefit to others. The shift was at the fulcrum of mercy and justice.
Justice and mercy require each other in order to be legitimate. Without justice, there is no need for mercy. Justice had to be established for mercy to have its place of value. The shift was through the Blood of Jesus. He satisfied justice so that we could know mercy.
He satisfied justice. It is completely satisfied. We don’t need to help Him with justice. It’s finished. We get mercy.
We are commissioned to make disciples once we become disciples. We get to walk in the mercy we have received and give it to others. We get to tell them the Good News. We are sent into the whole world with all authority to do just that.
Yet, we tend to want to go back to how things were before the shift. Often, we stare at behaviors and measure them against the law. We tend to want to use that evaluation for the purpose of convincing others that they are wrong and we are right. We tend to want to walk in the commissioning of justice, not mercy.
But justice is finished, so how can we add to it? We can’t.
We have been given “grace upon grace” (John 1:16), but we tend to revert back to grace upon justice or justice upon grace. Let’s not rewrite the deal.
We need Jesus to enter the Kingdom and just prior to the promise of “grace upon grace” we see that Jesus is “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). The definition of “full of” there literally includes the saturation of the soul. So, in other words, the soul of Jesus is fully saturated in both grace and truth.
Our soul, by contrast, is a mess. We are in the process of working out our salvation and our soul is in the process of redemption. His Spirit, if it lives within us, will be put on display in the places where we yield our soul. For as long as we are on this earth, however, that is a work in progress.
Our souls are certainly not saturated in grace and truth so we are not equipped to operate in the justice of truth. We are simply recipients of His grace and that mercy is all that we have to give with any credibility. The rest is none of our business.