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The Holy Wrath of God
The teaching of the wrath of God is not taught in today’s world. Any thought of God’s wrath upsets people. It’s too disturbing, too narrow-minded. People have set themselves up as the judge and God’s character is on trial. “How can Hell be just?” They ask. “Why would God command the Israelites to destroy the Canaanites?” “I thought God was a God of love, not wrath!” “What I did was not that bad, why is He so angry?”
Because so many people struggle with these and many more questions, means that the doctrine of God’s wrath IS needed. God’s wrath motivates people to live a Christian life and gives us wisdom to confront the many objections for being a Christian.
Here are some Biblical Truths about the wrath of God:
#1. God’s wrath is just.
So many argue that the God of the Old Testament is a God that is not worthy of worship. They say that the God of the Old Testament is not the God of the New Testament. Dear one, God does NOT change. He is the exact same God in the New Testament as He was in the Old Testament. God’s wrath is His love in action against sin, throughout the entire Bible! God’s wrath is said to be in perfect harmony with God’s justice. Paul writes: Romans 2:5-8 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: 8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, (KJV)
Also see: Proverbs 24:12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works? (KJV)
Dear one, God’s wrath is NEVER unpredictable, self-indulgent, irritable or morally dishonorable as human anger so often is. God’s wrath is His right and necessary response to moral evil.
#2. God’s wrath is to be feared.
God’s wrath is to be feared because all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). God’s wrath is to be feared because we are rightly condemned sinners apart from Christ (Rom.5:1). God’s wrath is to be feared because He is powerful enough to do what He promises. Jer. 32:17 Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: (KJV) God’s wrath is to be feared because God promises eternal punishment IF you decide to live life without Christ. Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (KJV)
#3. God’s wrath is steadfast, both in the Old and New Testaments.
Many think of the Old Testament God as mean, harsh, and wrath-filled, and the God of the New Testament as kind, patient, and loving. Neither of these descriptions represent the Bible’s teaching on God’s wrath. We find very dreadful descriptions of the wrath of God in both the Old and the New Testament. God must act righteously and judge sin, or else God would not be God. Consider the following:
Jer. 30:23 Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked. 24 The fierce anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days. (KJV)
Nahum 1:2 God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. (KJV)
Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; (KJV)
Revelation 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. (KJV)
#4. God’s wrath is His love in action against sin.
God is love, and God does all things for His honor and glory, so God rules the world in such a way that brings Himself maximum glory. This means that God must act justly and judge sin or God would not be God. God’s love for His glory motivates His wrath against sin.
Romans 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. (KJV)
Hebrews 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (KJV)
1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. (KJV)
5. God’s wrath is totally satisfied in Christ.
Romans 3:25-26 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. [KJV]
Do you see what it says? “Faith in His Blood.” That Blood speaks of Jesus’ Life, that He in love for us, willingly gave to save us from paying the penalty of our horrible sins! Our faith MUST have a special concern to the Blood of Christ, for that is what made the atonement (amends, payment, compensation, restitution, propitiation) for our sins. It is very clear why God hates sin, when there is absolutely NOTHING but the precious Blood of Christ (1 Pet.1:18-19) that will satisfy it. God does not demand payment of our debt, for our Saviour has paid it in full, and God the Father has accepted that to be payment in full!
Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (KJV)
Romans 3:26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. (KJV)
1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. (KJV)
For God to be satisfied with us,we must openly admit we are accountable for our sins, and turn from them, and we must believe God. 1 John 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. (KJV)
We must not think of God’s satisfaction in terms of a legal requirement but in terms of a covenant relationship between God and His people. Without some kind of contentment or satisfaction in a broken relationship, enmity (hatred and hostility) sets in, making it hard for both parties to let go and move on into a new future.
Does Jesus satisfy God's wrath? YES! But remember, we cannot separate the actions of the Trinity in the cross. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit . . . all Three Persons were involved in the salvation of our souls, all Three Persons were involved in what happened on the cross of Calvary, to benefit all who believe God and accept His Son as Saviour and Lord!
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