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Wrath Coming


We have been looking at the wrath of God and have discovered that before Christ the wrath of God was poured out on the unrighteousness who would not repent. Many of those who suffered God’s wrath were Gentiles and some were Israelites. God’s wrath hit nations and individuals. But, we also saw that those in Christ no longer have a wrath coming;

“But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.” I Thessalonians‬ ‭5:8-10

Yet, a wrath is coming as we saw in Jeremiah;

““Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “that I will punish all who are circumcised with the uncircumcised— Egypt, Judah, Edom, the people of Ammon, Moab, and all who are in the farthest corners, who dwell in the wilderness. For all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart.”” Jeremiah‬ ‭9:25-26‬ ‭

A quick glance at Revelation reveals that indeed a wrath- a horrible wrath is coming. But, what about now? Is God pouring out His wrath upon the Earth through earthquakes and terrorism as some claim? Does God show His wrath using air planes and hurricanes?

I believe the answer is NO! If, indeed, Jesus has taken the wrath for us, for our sin, and satisfied the righteousness and justice of God as stated by Paul, then what?

“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.” Romans‬ ‭5:6-11‬

For this to hold true no believer could be caught up in any of God’s wrath. I don’t know about you, but no earthquake I’ve seen hit unbelievers only and there is another big problem;

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

‭‭John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭

God poured out His wrath on Jesus so that He would never have to pour it out on us! So for Him to use hurricanes and terrorism to pour out wrath on non-believers goes against His desire for all to be saved.

This leads to two important questions:

  1. Why are bad things happening?

  2. Why is there a wrath still to come?

We will cover these questions the next few days, but for now please study about God and His wrath. It is a mistake to view God through the lens of the Old Testament. It is not that God has changed, no! It’s that He expended His need for justice on Jesus and that is done. This is why Jesus said from the cross;

“So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” John‬ ‭19:30‬ ‭

God’s Holy need for justice and righteousness was completed by the sacrifice of Jesus and God now seeks for all to come to Him through the blood of Jesus and He is patiently holding back the hands of time for that to happen. But, He still must end sin and to do that He must end satan and his fallen comrades and that is a hint of what wrath is left. Stay tuned…

Prayer focus: for the safety of our schools.

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