Summary: God’s wrath is His reaction to sin and evil. Many today have a misunderstanding of God’s wrath in that they compare God’s wrath to man’s anger. Man’s anger is sin. God’s wrath is the result of His righteousness.
By Greg Johnson
August 27, 2006
God’s wrath is His reaction to sin and evil. Many today have a misunderstanding of God’s wrath in that they compare God’s wrath to man’s anger. Man’s anger is manifested in fits of rage, retaliation, screaming, shouting, abuse and acts of violence. God’s wrath is His reaction to sin and evil due to His righteousness. Don’t compare God’s wrath to man’s anger. Man’s anger is sin. God’s wrath is the result of His righteousness.
Under the old covenant, God’s wrath or His reaction to sin and evil was revealed beginning in the garden when Adam and Eve were separated from His presence because of their sin. His wrath was revealed in the flood that came upon the earth in Geneses chapters 6-8. In the Old Testament, His wrath was revealed through famine, pestilence, drought and annihilation.
The wrath of God displayed under the old covenant describes and points to the wrath of God that is to come at the end of this age. Daniel has a vision concerning it given to us in Daniel chapter 8. (Daniel 8:19 NIV) "He said: "I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end." Jesus said (Matthew 24:21 NIV) "For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now--and never to be equaled again." Revelation chapters 5-19 gives a vivid description of the wrath of God that is to come at the end of this age on all those who do not love Jesus.
It is important that servants of Jesus understand the wrath of God that is to come. That is why we are given Revelation. Revelation begins by saying (Revelation 1:1 NIV) "The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place". Why is it so important that servants of Jesus understand the wrath of God which is to come? First of all, an understanding of the wrath to come will motivate us to a life of holiness through allowing the Holy Spirit to work in us. Second of all, an understanding of the wrath to come will motivate us to proclaim the good news of God now so that “whosoever” will come to Jesus and be saved from the wrath that is to come.
Signs of the end of this age are all around us. I believe it is crucial today that servants of Jesus understand what is coming. Jesus has laid on my heart to take Loving God Fellowship through Daniel and Revelation in our Wednesday night Bible Study that will begin on September 27, 2006 at the Shilo Inn in Salem, Oregon. We will also be making the messages available to the worldwide LGF Internet church community at http://www.LovingGodFellowship.org and http://www.LGFinternetChurch.org . Please share this important news with your friends and family. It is going to be a valuable series and will be very relevant to our day.
In Paul’s conclusion of Romans chapter 1, he is not talking about God’s past wrath or God’s future wrath. Paul is talking about God’s present wrath. He is referring to God’s reaction to sin and evil in our day; right now; in the present.