As I stated in a previous blog, I am reading Christian Beliefs: 20 Basics every Christian Should know by Wayne and Elliot Grudem. Here of are some of main points of Chapter 2 titled “What is God Like.”
God is wrathful toward sin
Wrath is not a very popular word these days with all the talk about God’s love in the church. Still, this should not be looked at as a bad thing, but it is actually good. God intensely hates all sin, His wrath burns hot against sin, and it is wrath that consumes those who reject Jesus, and continue to sin.
- “He who believes in the Son has eternal life ; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36)
- For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, (Romans 1:18)
If God was OK with sin then He would not be a God worthy of our praise or worship. We are encouraged by Christ’s example to hate sin and wickedness. We should not rejoice at the demise of others but pray that they will repent of their evil deeds, and trust in Christ.
- “YOU HAVE LOVED RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HATED LAWLESSNESS ; THEREFORE GOD, YOUR GOD, HAS ANOINTED YOU WITH THE OIL OF GLADNESS ABOVE YOUR COMPANIONS.” (Hebrews 1:9)
For those who trust in Christ, God’s wrath is satisfied because the just punishment fell on Christ at the cross.
- whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed ; (Romans 3:25)
- But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. (Romans 5:8-9)
The wrath that we deserve was fully given to Jesus, who through His death and resurrection saves us from that wrath.
- and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come. ( 1 Thessalonians 1:10)
For those who reject Jesus, God’s wrath is something to fear since it remains in them.
- “He who believes in the Son has eternal life ; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” ( John 3:36)
The good news is that salvation from this wrath is available to this who place their faith and trust on what Jesus did on the cross.