WRATH OF GOD

By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel


INTRODUCTION

The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold (or suppress) the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18); is not a myth, nor to be treated lightly.

A Bible commentary noted:  The wrath mentioned is not the revelation of a future judgment of God or the Great Tribulation, but a present revelation that parallels the present revelation of God's righteousness.  Ungodliness is failure in the religious realm; unrighteousness is failure in the moral realm.  (Comment)


Wrath of God - Wickedness of Man

Old Testament examples of God's wrath are numerous; which includes the total destruction of the old world by a worldwide flood and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (2 Peter 2:5-6). Scripture records the wickedness of man prior to the flood.

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the day.  And the Lord was sorry that he had made man in the earth, and it grieved him at his heart (Genesis 6:5-6); for the earth was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence (Genesis 6:11).

Fate of Sodom and Gomorrah 

Sodom and Gomorrah's evilness is mentioned many times in God's Word; with one of its ungodly traits being revealed in the New Testament:  Women did change the natural use into that which is against nature; men leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another, men with men working that which is shameful (Romans 1:26-27).

God turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemning them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward should live ungodly (2 Peter 2:6).  The wrath of God towards the sinfulness of such has gone unheeded, in many nations in the world, who are giving a free-reign to commit such an abomination, with laws and rulings made to accommodate such activity. 

Be Not Partakers with Them

For this you know, that no whore monger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.  Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things comes the wrath of God upon the sons of disobedience.

Be not therefore partakers with them.  Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove (or expose) them (Ephesians 6:5-7).  Man has, rather than condemn such actions, given way to embrace ungodliness.  The promulgation of the wrath of God against such has depreciated; by the church in many instances.

Mere Religion without Power or Spiritual Life

A form of godliness is mere religion without power or spiritual life.  Churches, in many Western nations, have fell into such a status, being more of a secular nature than spiritual.  The wrath of God use to be ministered; along with His love and mercy, but now it is almost the entirely of the latter leaving out the former.

God's Word does not alleviate such:  Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:28-29).

He that believes the Son (the Lord Jesus Christ) has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him (John 3:36), to them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness; indignation and wrath (Romans 2:8-9).

Great Tribulation

And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God (Revelation 14:19).  The sickle depicts judgment and the vine of the earth the unbelievers of the earth.

And I heard the great voice of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth (Revelation 16:1).  The vials of God represent the climax of God's punishment of sinners during the Great Tribulation (Revelation 2:22). 

Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God

Jonathan Edwards sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God" contained these words:  Consider the fearful danger that you are in: You hang by a slender thread, with the flames of divine wrath flashing about it, and ready every moment to singe it, and burn it asunder.

You have no interest in any mediator (which is Jesus Christ), and nothing to hold on to save yourself, nothing to keep away the flames of wrath.  Those words still ring loud and clear today, to endangered souls who are about to descend into eternity without benefit of a Savior due to a hardened and unrepentant heart.

Responsibility to Proclaim God's Word

Scripture reveals the responsibility given to promulgate God's Word:  Hear the word at my mouth and give them warning from me.  When I say to the wicked, you shall surely die; and you give him not warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at your hand.

Yet if you warn the wicked and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity, but you have delivered your soul (Ezekiel 3:17-19).  Not only was Ezekiel to receive God's Word but also to deliver it faithfully as directed.  Sometimes it takes the harsh reality of the wrath of God being proclaimed to awaken one to the fact that they are entrenched in sin.

Saved of the Earth - Not Appointed to Wrath

Thank God for His Word towards the repentant in heart:  Let us, who are of the day (saved in Christ), be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation.  For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:8-9).

A Bible commentary noted:  In contrast to the wicked, for whom Christ's coming will be an hour of destruction, believers will not face God's wrath, but will be saved, not appointed to wrath or the agony of the tribulation occurring during the day of the Lord.

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