Quote from Martin Luther:
God hides His power in weakness,
His wisdom in folly,
His goodness in severity,
His justice in sin,
His mercy in His wrath.1
It is interesting that in the cross we see displayed both the mercy of God and the justice of God. The mercy given to God’s people who by faith come to Him. The justice, His wrath placed upon His Son, the sacrifice for sin. I am very glad for this duality (at least) of the Cross. Otherwise, the wrath would have to be placed upon me. But thankfully, God has given me not only mercy, but imputed to me the very righteousness of Jesus Christ, my Savior.
The wisdom of God has ordained a way for the love of God to deliver us
from the wrath of God without compromising the justice of God.2
1. As quoted in, Farley,William P. Outrageous Mercy. (Phillipsburg, PN:P & R Publishing, 2009), 8.
2. Piper,John. Desiring God. 2 ed. (Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, Inc., 2003), 59.