by Steve Jones

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Who Is God? God Is Wrathful! (6 of 9)
Series: Who Is God?
Steve Jones
Deuteronomy 9:19; Matthew 3:7; John 3:36

INTRO: What has been called the most famous sermon ever preached was delivered by Jonathan Edwards in Massachusetts on July 8, 1741. The sermon had an amazing impact on its audience and was said to have launched the spiritual ''Great Awakening'' in America. The title of the sermon? ''Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.'' The focus of this message is one that we just don't hear about that much anymore - the wrath of God. In fact, he uses the word ''wrath'' 51 times. Here are some excerpts:

The God that holds you over the pit of hell is dreadfully provoked. His wrath towards you burns like fire. You have offended him infinitely more than ever a stubborn rebel did his prince, and yet it is nothing but his hand that holds you from falling into the fire every moment. It is to be ascribed to nothing else that you did not got to hell the last night; that you were suffered to awake again in this world, after you closed your eyes to sleep. And there is no other reason to be given why you have not dropped into hell since you arose in the morning, but that God's hand has held you up. There is nothing else that is to be given as a reason why you do not this very moment drop down into hell.

O sinner! consider the fearful danger you are in! It is a great furnace of wrath, a wide and bottomless pit, full of the fire of wrath that you are held over in the hand of that God whose wrath is provoked and incensed as much against you as against many of the damned in hell. You hang by a slender thread, with the flames of Divine wrath flashing about it, and ready every moment to singe it and burn it asunder.

If we knew that there was one person, and but one, in the whole congregation, that was to be the subject of this misery, what an awful thing it would be to think of! If we knew who it was, what an awful sight would it be to see such a person! How might th ...

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