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Christ Is Our Life (4 of 18)
August 17, 2003
A Prospective wrath to be released: Arthur Pink said, “God’s wrath is His eternal detestation of all unrighteousness. It is the displeasure and indignation of Divine equity against evil. It is the holiness of God stirred into activity against sin.”
Wrath is God’s constant, invariable reaction to sin.
Romans 1:18, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.”
Someone may say that the wrath of God is not fair! Well, thank God for Easter, for on Good Friday, Jesus Christ bore the full wrath of God for the sins of the world. Those who reject God’s substitute for sin will experience the full force of God’s eternal wrath.
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."
Romans 2:5-8, “But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who "will render to each one according to his deeds": eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness--indignation and wrath.”
Because wrath comes “on account of these things,” the sins Paul has just mentioned that typify sin in general, believers should have no part in them. Sin brings wrath, not blessing. It never brings true happiness.
Because believers have been delivered “from the wrath to come” (1 Thess. 1:10), and will experience no wrath (1 Thess 5:9), Paul is not warning us that if we sin we will feel the furious wrath of God. Rather, he is saying that those who are Christ’s, who have been made one with Him, who love Him and serve His glory, would certainly not wish to par ...
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