Understanding Leads to Appreciation

Understanding the truth of God’s wrath allows us to appreciate more deeply the truth of his grace, and to understand the happiest words a center could ever hear, “God in Christ forgave you. ”

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 157

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This Isn’t too Popular These Days

The doctrine of God’s wrath isn’t popular in our day, but the fact is that in the Old Testament alone, nearly 20 words are used for gods wrath, which is spoken of roughly 600 times. In the New Testament the wrath of God appears roughly 25 times, including Ephesians 5:6, which plainly says, “the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. ”

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 156

Our Best Moments Have Been Mostly Grotesque Parodies

There is little that we can point to in our lives as deserving anything but God’s wrath.  Our best moments have been mostly grotesque parodies.  Our best loves have been almost always blurred with selfishness and deceit.  But there is something to which we can point.  Not anything that we ever did or were, but something that was done for us by another. Not our own lives, but the life of one who died in our behalf and yes is still alive.  This is our only glory and our only hope.  And the sound that it makes is the sound of excitement and gladness and laughter that floats through the night air from a great banquet.

– Fredrick Buechner

as quoted by Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 243

God’s Wrath is the Ultimate Source of All that is Wrong with Us

Whether we admit it or not, the ultimate source of our guilt, anxiety, depression, and stress is God’s wrath and we cannot wish this problem away by denying it or by numbering our sense of it by focusing on the more manageable symptoms.  There is only one way to be liberated from the condemnation of God’s law.  We have to stop rationalizing our lives, questioning God’s word, and defending ourselves.  We were created to be talkers, answering God’s speech with our own “Amen!”

– Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 53

We Are No Different than the Israel of Jeremiah’s Day

Israel had tried to domesticate God.  God may sometimes have “issues” with us, but the threat of his wrath was not even on the radar.  Jeremiah reminds us there were plenty of lying prophets around who told the people whatever they wanted to hear.  It was unthinkable that any harm should come to Jerusalem or the holy temple, and the false prophets lulled the people into false security by their upbeat message of health, wealth and happiness.

– Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 47

Make Certain!

Then “flee” my reader, flee to Christ; “flee from the wrath to come” (Matthew 3:7) ere it be too late.  Do not, we earnestly beseech you, suppose that this message is intended for somebody else.  It is to you!  Do not be contented by thinking you already have already fled to Christ.  Make certain!  Beg the Lord to search your heart and show you yourself.

Pink, Arthur W.; The Attributes of God; Kindle Edition; page 86

This is What the Wrath of God Truly Is

The wrath of God 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.  It is the moving cause of that just sentence which he pass upon evildoers.  God is angry against sin because it is a rebelling against His authority, a wrong done to His inviolable sovereignty.

Pink, Arthur W.; The Attributes of God; Kindle Edition; page 82