Summary: People want to believe that God's wrath does not exist or that it will not affect them.
This morning I want us to look at our message entitled “The Wrath of God.” Looking at Romans 1:18 we will see God’s wrath is real.
People want to believe that God’s wrath does not exist or that it will not affect them.
However, nothing could be further from the truth.
C.S. Lewis once said; "God is the only comfort, He is also the supreme terror: the thing we most need and the thing we most want to hide from.
He is our only possible ally, and we have made ourselves His enemies.
Some talk as if meeting the gaze of absolute goodness would be fun.
They need to think again.
They are still only playing with religion.
Goodness is either the great safety or the great danger--according the way you react to it.
And we have reacted the wrong way."
God’s wrath is against all ungodliness!
Ungodliness is seeking the satisfaction of the world, only concerned about self, and denying the importance of God.
These are but a few of the things that leads to ungodliness.
God has, instructed us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age, Titus 2:12 (HCSB)
God’s wrath is against all unrighteousness!
This is how God responds to unrighteousness, ‘I tell you, I don’t know you or where you’re from. Get away from Me, all you workers of unrighteousness!’ Luke 13:27 (HCSB)
God never hates people!
He only hates the sin that controls an individual.
People ask, how can someone like Hitler or Jeffery Dahmer go to heaven?
If a person repents, then that person is forgiven!
God hates sin, but He loves people.
Join me this morning by honoring God’s written Word and stand as we read from Romans 1:18, then turn to 2 Chronicles 33:1-11 and hold you place there we will be referring to this portion of scripture.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Romans 1:18 (KJV)
1. God’s Wrath is Not Revenge
For God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth, Romans 1:18 (HCSB)
This is what makes “The Wrath of God” fair.
What does it mean to an individual? First one must be born again, a child of God. Then makes sense Romans 5:9.
Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath. Romans 5:9 (HCSB)
He is not getting even.
He is punishing sin.
Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for His wrath. For it is written: Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay, says the Lord. Romans 12:19 (HCSB)
The Bible is full of warnings.
If I said, “I put a bunch of snakes outside the front door, and they are really stirred up. Don’t go that way.
Instead use the back door.”
Is it unfair of me if you go out the front anyway and be bitten?
God has warned us and He has clearly said that anyone who rejects Christ must pay for his own sins.
That means they must experience God’s wrath.
Do not say the God is unfair!
He has warned us, it is not God’s fault when we are bitten by sins deadly viper. KJV
2. God’s Wrath Has a Purpose
Have you ever thought that “God’s Wrath has a Purpose?”
God gives us warnings all through the Bible on what to do and not to do.
Someone has said that the Bible is a book full of do’s and don’ts.
But if you do all the do’s you won’t have time to do the don’ts.
2 Chronicles 33:1-11 gives us an example of God’s wrath:
1 Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem:
2But did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, like unto the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.
3For he built again the high places which Hezekiah his father had broken down, and he reared up altars for Baalim, and made groves, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.
4Also he built altars in the house of the LORD, whereof the LORD had said, In Jerusalem shall my name be forever.
5And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD.
6And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also, he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.