“Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other!” Psalm 85:10
The salvation of sinners by the substitutionary death of Christ gives the brightest display of the perfections of God, and particularly of those which belong to Him as the Supreme Ruler of the moral world.
Justice and mercy, duly tempered, and exercised with wisdom, is a summary of those virtues which belong to a good ruler. Now these are most illustriously displayed in a happy union in Christ crucified.
Justice shines brighter in the cross than if every sin had been punished upon offenders, without any mercy! And mercy shines brighter in the cross than if every sin had been pardoned, and every sinner made happy, without any execution of justice.
Mercy appears in turning the divine heart with such a strong propensity upon the salvation of sinners! And justice appears in that, when the heart of God was so much set upon it, yet He would not save them without a complete satisfaction to His justice.
Mercy appears in providing such a Savior, and justice appears in inflicting the punishment due to sin upon Him without abatement, though He loved Him more than the whole universe of creatures!
Mercy appears in transferring the guilt from the sinner upon the Surety (Christ), and accepting a vicarious satisfaction! And justice appears in exacting the satisfaction and not passing by sin when it was imputed to the darling Son of God.
Mercy appears in pardoning and saving guilty sinners, and justice appears in punishing their sin!
Mercy appears in justifying them, though destitute of all personal merit and righteousness! And justice appears in justifying them only and entirely on account of the merit and righteousness of Christ!
Mercy appears in providing a Savior of such infinite dignity and justice appears in refusing satisfaction from an inferior person!
Mercy appears in forgiving sin and justice appears in not forgiving so much as one sin without a sufficient atonement!
Very rich mercy towards the sinner and perfectly strict justice towards Christ, our Surety!
~ Samuel Davies