Summary: God loves His children in spite of their sin.
Title: God’s Overwhelming, Unexplainable, Incomprehensible, Reconciling Love For His Children
Text: Hosea 3:1-5
Theme: God loves His children in spite of their sin.
The most destructive force in the entire universe is the unbridled wrath of God. The Bible uses anthropopathic (from the Greek "Anthropos", meaning "man" and "Pathos", meaning to feel or suffer, his is the assignation of human emotional characteristics to a non-human subject) expressions to express the wrath of God. Human terms, however, cannot give the full meaning of the infinite and sovereign God’s emotional experiences. As His love is infinitely incomprehensible, so are his displeasure, hate, anger, wrath, and vengeance. (Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology).
Consider these passages that describe God’s wrath.
“God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day.”
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,”
“For we know Him who said, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. And again, "The Lord will judge His people.’ It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”
For now, though, God’s wrath is tempered with His grace.
· The fall – Adam and Eve suffered spiritual death, they were cast out of the Garden of Eden, but still God performed a blood sacrifice to cover their sins. (Genesis 3:21, 24)
· The flood – God destroyed all humanity except for Noah who found grace in the eyes of the Lord. (Genesis 6:5-8)
· Sodom and Gomorrah – Destroyed because of their wickedness and depravity, but Lot was saved. (Genesis 19:24-25)
However, from the gospel of John we find that God’s love, condemnation, and anger are directed at the unbeliever simultaneously. (John 3:16, 18, 36)
All those who continue to scorn Jesus Christ have insulted the Holy Spirit. (Hebrews 10:28-29)