THE WRATH OF GOD

John 3:36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.

This is one of those subjects that most people, including Christians and preachers, want to avoid at all costs; the wrath of God. We love the gentle, loving Jesus; we love the doctrines of the love and grace of God. No one wants to hear about justice or holiness. God is full of mercy and His grace endures forever but He is also holy and just. All sin demands justice if God is just. What is the answer, how does grace make peace with justice and wrath? That is what the cross is all about. God poured out His anger against sin on Jesus as the representative of mankind. Because justice was satisfied by the cross, His offer of grace comes to all those who believe on His Son. His mercy and grace are unthinkable, so is His wrath. Here is how Jonathan Edwards describes the wrath of God in sermon, SINNERS IN THE HAND OF AN ANGRY GOD.

“So that thus it is, that natural men are held in the hand of God over the pit of hell; they have deserved the fiery pit, and are already sentenced to it; and God is dreadfully provoked, his anger is as great towards them as to those that are actually suffering the executions of the fierceness of his wrath in hell, and they have done nothing in the least to appease or abate that anger, neither is God in the least bound by any promise to hold ’em up one moment; the devil is waiting for them, hell is gaping for them, the flames gather and flash about them, and would fain lay hold on them, and swallow them up; the fire pent up in their own hearts is struggling to break out; and they have no interest in any mediator, there are no means within reach that can be any security to them. In short, they have no refuge, nothing to take hold of, all that preserves them every moment is the mere arbitrary will, and uncovenanted unobliged forbearance of an incensed God.”
Edwards is speaking about all of those who are outside of Christ, everyone who has rejected God’s grace offered as a gift through the death of His Son. Just as His grace is sure, so is His justice. So the question is begging to be asked, how is it with your soul today?

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