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God's Holy and Righteous Wrath
When speaking about God's characteristics, people have no difficulty discussing God's grace, love and mercy. And certainly He does abound in all of these. BUT . . . when it comes to what most people consider God's unpleasant characteristics such as His wrath, chastisement and judgment, many people . . . professing Christians included, want to bury their heads in the sand and pretend that these aspects of God's personality do not exist. This topic is to help set the record straight about our awesome and amazing and perfect God (His wrath included).
Keep in mind, there is a huge difference between God's wrath and His chastisement. His wrath is directed against His enemies. His chastisement is directed against His adopted children, those "in Christ" when they are unwilling to repent of their sins against Him and correct their behavior. If you do NOT admit you are wrong and that you have sinned against God, He will come down on you like a ton of bricks, until you repent!
God's Holy wrath is simply His justified and righteous anger against evil and wickedness. The phrase "wrath of God" is found 10 times in the Bible. "His wrath" is found 31 times.
If you do not realize, and admit that God is RIGHTEOUS and that you are UNRIGHTEOUS, you are trying to mix light and darkness, which CANNOT be done! Light is light and darkness is the complete absence of light. “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5). “Men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19). “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.” (John 12:46).
Jesus said Paul was sent to: Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. [KJV]
“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” “Giving thanks unto the Father, who made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love; in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins.”
Righteousness is absolutely essential to God, for it is He Himself. He can no more defraud the godly of their promised comforts, than He can let the wicked go unpunished in their sins. To do so would be like His denying that He is God! And that is impossible. God CANNOT lie!
People who claim to be Christians are deceiving themselves if they CHOOSE to live just as those of darkness live. If we have friends or family who live ungodly lives and yet claim to be Christians, what are we to do about it? Paul clearly tells us.
1 Cor.5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. [KJV] . . . TRUE Christians are to represent our RIGHTEOUS GOD. It is not about us. It is about HIM. We are to love and serve our precious Lord. We are not to participate in a wicked lifestyle or act as if the wickedness around us is OK . . . because it is not OK with God! You should NOT associate with people who call themselves a "Christian" but live in sexual sin, are greedy, worship false gods, use abusive language, get drunk, or are dishonest. God says that we should not even sit down to eat a meal with them. To do so is putting God to open shame. Do not lower yourself to hypocrisy.
Because our “GOD IS RIGHTEOUS,” there is the “WRATH OF GOD” against all UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.
John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. [KJV]
- GOD demands righteousness in people.
- GOD must punish unrighteousness in people.
- GOD provides for us the Righteousness that He requires. 1 Cor.1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: [KJV] . . . Christ Jesus is our Righteousness!
- GOD rewards us for believing Him and accepting the Righteousness He has provided.
What a privilege we have as God's children! What amazing grace is shown to those of us who are “in Christ" (Rom.8:1; 1 Cor.1:30; 15:22; 2 Cor.5:17; Gal.3:28; 1 Thes.4:16; 1 Pet.5:14). Our Righteous God, demands righteousness from us, so it only makes sense that He must punish unrighteousness. And, since God has made a Provision for the Righteousness He demands . . . whose fault is it when that Righteousness is not accepted? Is it God's fault? NO way! God gave you a free will. You can choose the right way OR you can choose the wrong way! Your choice. IF you choose the wrong way, do NOT blame God when His Holy and righteous wrath comes down on you. You have been warned.
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