SAVED FROM THE WRATH TO COME
1Th. 1:10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
Our modern church world, with its sugar coated message, has taken a one sided approach to its emphasis in its preaching (if you could even call it preaching). The sermons are basically Christian empowerment cliches talking about some vague “God of love”. Justice, wrath, and propitiation are never mentioned; these words may make comprising christians uncomfortable or even worse, effect the size of the offerings. If the truth were known, this so called message of love has robbed our churches from the very power of love which is seen in the preaching of the cross. You see we can’t understand the greatness of God’s love until we recognize exactly what He has saved us from. We are all born in a state of condemnation, as Jesus said, the wrath of God is upon all of those outside of Christ. Christ’s death on the cross satisfied the justice of God, because of His death mercy is now available to us. Charles Spurgeon explains this power of God’s love in his comments on the wrath to come.
“How terrible to await the dread advance of a hurricane-such as occurs, sometimes, in the tropics-to wait in terrible apprehension till the wind shall rush forth in fury, tearing up trees from their roots, forcing rocks from their pedestals, and hurling down all the dwelling-places of man! And yet, sinner, this is your present position. No hot drops have as yet fallen, but a shower of fire is coming. No terrible winds howl around you, but God’s tempest is gathering its dread artillery. As yet the water-floods are dammed up by mercy, but the flood-gates shall soon be opened: the thunderbolts of God are yet in his storehouse, but lo! the tempest hastens, and how awful shall that moment be when God, robed in vengeance, shall march forth in fury! Where, where, where, O sinner, wilt thou hide thy head, or whither wilt thou flee?”
Those of us living in Southeastern Louisiana understand the fury of a hurricane. Nothing can withstand the mighty force of a cat 5 storm. In the same way, nothing man has done can withstand the horrible storm of justice and judgement that is bearing down on the lost. All of mankind will experience a torrential firestorm that will cause Noah’s flood to seem insignificant. Nothing will be able to withstand this storm of retribution that will come suddenly and unexpectedly upon all flesh. No one will be able to say they were not warned. Thankfully, there is a place of safety and refuge that can keep us from this horrible time of judgement. Jesus Christ is our only hiding place that can keep us from the great and terrible day of The Lord. Jesus took our judgement, the very judgement of God, when He suffered and died on the cross. His propitiatory death satisfied the justice of God, I am safe and secure hidden away in the Rock of Ages.