God is Ready
The Bible emphasises the fact that God is ready to do two things. i.e.God is Ready to Forgive and He is Ready to Judge !
a) God is Ready to Forgive
Ps 86 : 05 “For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.”
b) God is Ready to Judge
1 Peter 4 : 05 “Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.”
a) When is a person ready to forgive ? A man is not ready to forgive when he / she is not willing to forgive. Some people are willing , but are not able to forgive as emotionally it is too hard. To be ready to forgive you have to be willing and able. God is willing ! He said so. He is also able not just emotionally , but legally. God could not just choose to Forgive what man has done against Him in rebellion. God Judges us by His own goodness and does not compare us to other men to measure our guilt. As lawbreakers and rebels we cannot be pardoned unless God’s law and justice has been satisfied. This condemns us to Hellfire for eternity no matter how we try to make up for our past through good works. Good works cannot take away the guilt of past sins or change our hearts to love God.
In Hebrews 2 : 09 we read that Jesus did “… taste death for every man.”
He paid the penalty for our sin and He is thus legally able to forgive. He also is powerfully able. Dead people don’t forgive others. Jesus rose again the third day. Jesus is alive and willing and able to forgive.
b) God is also ready to Judge.
What makes people on earth not perfectly ready to Judge is the fact that we don’t know all the facts. In court cases lawyers bring many witnesses to try prove what happened to make a correct Judgement. Even so mistakes happen and people sometimes are set free years after being Judged negatively when new evidence arises. God does not need this . God is everywhere, sees all things & knows all things. In other words God emmediately knows what happened and can Judge according to the actual facts. God also knows what is the measure of Judgment. Men’s laws change all the time and differ from country to country. God as Creator and lawgiver has the right to Judge all His creation according to His will and knows exactly what is the right standard to Judge by. God is Ready to Judge !