A Holy Paradox Explained

When God described Himself to Moses in the 34th chapter of Exodus, He said something that seems inexplicable… a holy paradox, if we will.  God says that He forgives iniquity, transgression, and sin, but then immediately proceeds to say, “And that will by no means clear the guilty.”  How can these things work together?  How is it that God can forgive the guilty, and yet at the same time not acquit them?

This sermon attempts to show the only answer to this holy paradox is the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.  In the gospel, we discover how God can deal with man’s guilt in the strictest justice, and yet still forgive guilty man at the same time.  He does this by punishing the guilt of the sinner upon a righteous substitute, and thus maintains His justice while justifying the one who believes in Jesus.