Christ saves from God’s wrath

I know this is not your popular message. No body wants to talk or think about God’s wrath. It won’t be on the nations best seller list.
We all know that the blood of Christ saves us from our sins. It also saves us from death and hell.(wow, there is two more subjects we don’t care much to hear about).
I believe it’s good for us to understand what we are saved from. Not only for our appreciation, but also for compassion and concern for the lost. If we can come to some kind of understanding of God’s wrath, I believe it will help us as we look upon the fields all ready for harvest.

The word “wrath” has some Hebrew meanings such as, “rage”, “angry”, “indignation”. In the new testament it’s Greek meaning is also, “Anger”, “violent passion”, “rage”, “breathing hard”.
I know most of us like to separate the God of the old testament and the God of the new. Yes, I do believe we are under a new dispensation of Grace in the new testament, and we are also no longer under the old testament law, and Christ has set us free from old testament bondage. However, I believe that to be able to understand (In some small way) the true nature of God, we must learn from both the old testament and the new. Both contain God’s true character.
Back to my subject of “Christ saves from God’s wrath”.

Did you ever stop and consider, where did God’s wrath come from? Yes, I know that God was and always will be, but I believe He first manifested wrath when man (Adam) first disobeyed God. In the garden (Gen.3:9-13) when God said, “Where art thou?” and “Who told thee that thou wast naked? Have you eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you that you should not eat of?”.
And also to the woman (Eve) He said, “What is this that you have done?”.
When man sinned it brought forth God’s wrath, his anger, his indignation. And since that time, He has not been pleased with sin.

We will certainly not take all the time to look at all the old testament scriptures when God was angered at sin. But, early on after the fall of man, you can see God’s wrath picking up speed against sin. The fact that He cursed the serpent and put enmity between the woman and him, shows His deep displeasure with Satan and sin. To the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception” (pains in childbearing). Where is there a women that has had a child and not greatly endured the pain, the suffering. Why? It is because of sin. Before the fall there was no pain, no sorrow, no death.

To the man Adam, He said, “cursed is the ground, in sorrow (painful toil) shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life”.(Gen.3:14-19)
After this, God “drove out the man;” from the garden of Eden. God was very displeased because man had disobeyed and sinned against Him.

How about Cain and Able? Was not God angered when He said, “What hast thou done?” “And now art thou cursed from the earth?”
Yes, this is our God speaking here. I’m sorry, but I have a hard time visualizing God saying this all with a soft, little voice as He pats their hands.

How about the days of Noah? “God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.” (Gen.6:5-6) Here we see that God’s heart was grieved. Why? because of the wickedness of man, his evil heart always ran to sin continually.

And what does God do because of it? He wipes out everyone except Noah and his family. All flesh died, including animals and every creeping thing and every man. All the beautiful creation that He created in Genesis chapter one and two, wiped out!
Was not God fed up with the wickedness, the sin of mankind? We could go on and on through the old testament and find examples of God’s displeasure, his anger and wrath upon sin.

We know with the advent of Christ, came God’s grace to forgive sin. But, just because of The Sacrifice, doesn’t mean that all of a sudden God is a friend of sin. All of a sudden sin is O.K? We know that Christ is the friend of sinners and so should we be. However, we like God, should love the sinner but hate the sin. Sin is what put Christ on the cross, let us never forget it. And also, it was why he was born.

There are many scriptures in the new testament that speak of God’s wrath. It will come upon all those that the scriptures say it will upon.
The Apostle Paul lists some sins in Ephesians Chapter five that will lead to God’s wrath. “Fornication, and all uncleanness, and covetousness.” It also says that, “no whoremongers (a male prostitute, fornicator), no unclean person, no covetous man (idolater) has any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God.” And he goes on and says, “for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.”

I will not take the time and space to share with you, Romans 1:18-32. It shows us the guilt of mankind and the downward course of man without God. This should move us to reach out to the unsaved that God puts in our path. What our we going to say on that day when God says to us, “what have you done for Me and my Kingdom?”

We are not going to end this on a downward note. Those of us that know God through His Son Jesus Christ have forgiveness of sins and we are saved from the wrath of God to come. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies (yes we were) we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life….

And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” (Rom. 5:8-11) I don’t know about you, but after reading a text of scripture like this, I want to go out and tell the world about Jesus Christ and His love for them, how they can be saved from wrath, how there is forgiveness for their sins, how they can find true joy in Christ. Why? Because there is atonement for their sins. If they don’t receive The Atonement, they are going to die a death of separation forever and ever from God.

May God help us all,
Amen

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5 Responses to “Christ saves from God’s wrath”

  1. Mark Wilson Says:

    Great post, it’s necessary to speak these truths because then we can understand WHY things happen as they and what to do about it.

    But… what’s up with the thee and thou? Is that even English? It covers over the truth by placing the truth in another unknown language that the youth have never seen and therefore cannot relate to.

    Bless you!
    Mark.

  2. rjperalta Says:

    Thanks Mark,

    Good point about the “thee and thou”. I didn’t think about the youth reading this one. I will remember this for next time.

    Thanks,
    Richard

  3. Mark Wilson Says:

    God bless you Richard! Thanks for commenting over on my blog. Keep on keeping on!

  4. Carolynn Says:

    What a good article, you are correct we don’t talk about god’s wrath in a way that shows god’s love for us…Thanks

    god bless your vision

  5. rjperalta Says:

    Carolynn,
    Thanks and thank you for stopping by.
    May you be blessed as you go out.

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