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Attribute - GOD’S WRATH

God’s Wrath, a subject that is infrequently talked about, if at all, at least in the context of being seen as an “Attribute” of God. I found to be an interesting writing from Arthur W. Pink on this subject. So, I share it for your consideration and thoughts.

For myself, I can say in earnest that I have never been present in a sermon coming from the pulpit that’s subject was “The Wrath of God” and so find this of the outmost interest. Understand that this is not to level any one attribute above another, but rather to give due consideration to them all.

With the Love of Christ Jesus.
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The Wrath of God

It is sad indeed to find so many professing Christians who appear to regard the wrath of God as something for which they need to make an apology, or who at least wish there were no such thing. While some would not go so far as to openly admit that they consider it a blemish on the Divine character, yet they are far from regarding it with delight; they like not to think about it, and they rarely hear it mentioned without a secret resentment rising up in their hearts against it. Even with those who are more sober in their judgment, not a few seem to imagine that there is a severity about the Divine wrath that makes it too terrifying to form a theme for profitable contemplation. Others harbor the delusion that God’s wrath is not consistent with his goodness, and so seek to banish it from their thoughts.

Yes, many there are who turn away from a vision of God’s wrath as though they were called to look upon some blotch in the Divine character or some blot upon the Divine government. But what saith the Scriptures? As we turn to them we find that God has made no attempt to conceal the facts concerning his wrath. He is not ashamed to make it known that vengeance and fury belong unto him. His own challenge is, “See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal; neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live forever: If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me” (Deut. 32:39-41). A study of the concordance will show that there are more references in Scripture to the anger; fury, and wrath of God, than there are to his love and tenderness. Because God is holy, he hates all sin; and because he hates all sin, his anger burns against the sinner (Ps. 7:11).

Now the wrath of God is as much a Divine perfection as is his faithfulness, power, or mercy. It must be so, for there is no blemish whatever, not the slightest defect in the character of God; yet there would be if “wrath” were absent from him! Indifference to sin is a moral blemish, and he who hates it not is a moral leper. How could he who is the Sum of all Excellency look with equal satisfaction upon virtue and vice, wisdom and folly? How could he who is infinitely holy disregard sin and refuse to manifest his “severity” (Roma. 9:22) toward it? How could he, who delights only in that which is pure and lovely, not loathe and hate that which is impure and vile? The very nature of God makes Hell as real a necessity as imperatively and eternally requisite, as Heaven is. Not only is there no imperfection in God, but there is no perfection in him that is less perfect than another.

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 passes upon evildoers. God is angry against sin because it is a rebelling against his authority, a wrong done to his inviolable sovereignty. Insurrectionists against God’s government shall be made to know that God is the Lord. They shall be made to feel how great that Majesty is which they despise, and how dreadful is that threatened wrath which they so little regarded. Not that God’s anger is a malignant and malicious retaliation, inflicting injury for the sake of it, or in return for injury received. No, though God will vindicate his dominion as the Governor of the universe, he will not be vindictive.

That Divine wrath is one of the perfections of God is not only evident from the considerations presented above, but is also clearly established by the express declarations of his own Word. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven” (Rom. 1:18). Robert Haldane comments on this verse as follows:

It was revealed when the sentence of death was first pronounced, the earth cursed, and man driven out of the earthly paradise, and afterwards by such examples of punishment as those of the Deluge, and the destruction of the cities of the Plain by fire from heaven, but especially by the reign of death throughout the world. It was proclaimed in the curse of the law on every transgression, and was intimated in the institution of sacrifice, and in all the services of the Mosaic dispensation. In the eight chapter of this epistle, the Apostle calls the attention of believers to the fact that the whole creation has become subject to vanity, and groaneth and travaileth together in pain. The same creation which declares that there is a God, and publishes his glory, also proves that He is the Enemy of sin and the Avenger of the crimes of men…But above all, the wrath of God was revealed from heaven when the Son of God came down to manifest the Divine character; and when that wrath was displayed in His sufferings and death, in a manner more awful than by all the tokens God had before given of His displeasure against sin. Besides this, the future and eternal punishment of the wicked is now declared in terms more solemn and explicit than formerly. Under the new dispensation, there are two revelations given from heaven, one of wrath, the other of grace.​

Again, that the wrath of God is a Divine perfection is plainly demonstrated by what we read in Psalm 95:11 “Unto whom I sware in my wrath.” There are two occasions of God’s “swearing”: in making promises (Gen. 22:16); and in pronouncing judgments (Deut. 1:34ff). In the former; he swears in mercy to his children; in the latter, he swears to deprive a wicked generation of its inheritance because of murmuring and unbelief. An oath is for solemn confirmation (Heb. 6:16). In Genesis 22:16 God says, “By myself have I sworn.” In Psalm 89:35 he declares, “Once have I sworn by my holiness.” While in Psalm 95:11 he affirms, “I swear in my wrath.” Thus the great Jehovah himself appeals to his “wrath” as a perfection equal to his “holiness”: he swears by the one as much as by the other! Again, as in Christ “dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Col. 2:9), and as all the Divine perfections are illustriously displayed by him (John 1:18), therefore do we read of “the wrath of the Lamb” (Rev. 6:16).

The wrath of God is a perfection of the Divine character upon which we need to frequently meditate. First, that our hearts may be duly impressed by God’s detestation of sin. We are ever prone to regard sin lightly, to gloss over its hideousness, to make excuses for it. But the more we study and ponder God’s abhorrence of sin and his frightful vengeance upon it, the more likely are we to realize its heinousness. Secondly, to beget a true fear in our souls for God: “Let us have grace whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: for our God is a consuming fire” (Heb 12:28-29). We cannot serve him “acceptably” unless there is due “reverence” for his awful Majesty and “godly fear” of his righteous anger; and these are best promoted by frequently calling to mind that “our God is a consuming fire.” Thirdly, to draw out our souls in fervent praise for our having been delivered from “the wrath to come” (1 Thess. 1:10).

Our readiness or our reluctance to meditate upon the wrath of God becomes a sure test of our hearts’ true attitude toward him. If we do not truly rejoice in God, for what he is in himself, and that because of all the perfections which are eternally resident in him, then how dwelleth the love of God in us? Each of us needs to be most prayerfully on his guard against devising an image of God in our thoughts which is patterned after our own evil inclinations. Of old the Lord complained, “Thou thoughtest that I was altogether as thyself” (Ps. 50:21). If we rejoice not “at the remembrance of his holiness” (Ps. 97:12), if we rejoice not to know that in a soon-coming Day God will make a most glorious display of his wrath by taking vengeance upon all who now oppose him, it is proof positive that our hearts are not in subjection to him, that we are yet in our sins, and that we are on the way to the everlasting burnings.

Rejoice, O ye nations (Gentiles), with his people, for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries” (Deut. 32:43). And again we read, “I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great *****, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. And again they said, Alleluia” (Rev. 19:1-5). Great will be the rejoicing of the saints in that day when the Lord shall vindicate his majesty, exercise his awful dominion, magnify his justice, and overthrow the proud rebels who have dared to defy him.

“If thou Lord, shouldest mark (impute) iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?” (Ps. 130:3). Well may each of us ask this question, for it is written, “the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment” (Ps. 1:5). How sorely was Christ’s soul exercised with thoughts of God’s marking the iniquities of his people when they were upon him! He as “amazed and very heavy” (Mark 14:33). His awful agony, his bloody sweat, his strong cries and supplications (Heb. 5:7), his reiterated prayers (“If it be possible, let this cup pass from me”), his last dreadful cry (“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”) all manifest what fearful apprehensions he had of what it was for God to “mark iniquities.” Well may poor sinners cry out, “Lord who shall stand,” when the Son of God himself so trembled beneath the weight of his wrath! If thou, my reader, has not “fled for refuge” to Christ, the only Savior, “how wilt thou do in the swelling of the Jordan?” (Jer. 12:5).

When I consider how the goodness of God is abused by the greatest part of mankind, I cannot but be of his mind that said, The greatest miracle in the world is God’s patience and bounty to an ungrateful world. If a prince hath an enemy got into one of his towns, he doth not send them in provision, but lays close siege to the place, and doth what he can to starve them. But the great God, that could wink all his enemies into destruction, bears with them, and is at daily cost to maintain them. Well may He command us to bless them that curse us, who Himself does good to the evil and unthankful. But think not, sinners, that you shall escape thus; God’s mill goes slow, but grinds small; the more admirable His patience and bounty now is, the more dreadful and unsupportable will that fury be which ariseth out of His abused goodness. Nothing smoother than the sea, yet when stirred into a tempest, nothing rageth more. Nothing so sweet as the patience and goodness of God, and nothing so terrible as His wrath when it takes fire.​

William Gurnall, 1660​

Then “flee,” my reader, flee to Christ; “flee from the wrath to come” (Matt. 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 have already fled to Christ. Make certain! Beg the Lord to search your heart and show you yourself.


A Word to Preachers. Brethren, do we in our oral ministry, preach on this solemn subject as much as we ought? The Old Testament prophets frequently told their hearers that their wicked lives provoked the Holy One of Israel, and that they were treasuring up to themselves wrath against the day of wrath. And conditions in the world are no better now than they were then! Nothing is so calculated to arouse the careless and cause carnal professors to search their hearts, as to enlarge upon the fact that “God is angry with the wicked every day” (Ps. 7:11). The forerunner of Christ warned his hearers to “flee from the wrath to come” (Matt. 3:7). The Savior bade his auditors, “Fear him, which after he hath killed, hath power to cast into Hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him” (Luke 12:5). The apostle Paul said, “knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men” (2 Cor. 5:11). Faithfulness demands that we speak as plainly about hell as about heaven.
 
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The righteous will never feel the wrath of GOD! Bride Go through the Tribulation ??>>>NO<<< Here is a little food for thought>> Abraham asked if the Lord would spare the cities if 50 righteous people lived there. The Lord said yes. Boldly, Abraham kept bargaining down, until God agreed not to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah if even ten righteous people lived there. Then the Lord departed. God never puts the righteous in his wrath!! then you have to look at Lot!! As the angles came to lot and they said he must leave because the city is going to be destroyed!! And what was lot doing he was procrastinating and did not want to go !! What did the angles say to LOT??? God can not destroy this city till you leave!!>>>>>very>>>very Intro! WHY?? God will never put his wrath on the righteous or make them go through IT!! Are you Rapture Ready?
 
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God's wrath seems to be a lost subject in many churches.

A few more verses...

John 3:36; "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."

Rom 1:18; For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,

Eph 5:6; Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

Col 3:6; For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience,

Matt 3:7; But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

Too many churches are teaching God is OK with everyone and everything. They are saying God is OK with sin and there are no consequences for
disobedience.

It is sad indeed to find so many professing Christians who appear to regard the wrath of God as something for which they need to make an apology, or who at least wish there were no such thing. While some would not go so far as to openly admit that they consider it a blemish on the Divine character,
Rom 3:5; But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is He? (I am speaking in human terms.)

Wrath does not make God unrighteous. In fact it is our unrighteousness that demonstrates the righteousness of God.
 
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BAC>>So whats your Point? God's wrath seems to be a lost subject in many churches.Gods Wrath will be on the Church !>: that will never happen on The Bride!
 
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BAC I'm new and do not understand some thinking on this forum >> are you saying the church is Israel?
 
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:36; "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."

Rom 1:18; For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,

Eph 5:6; Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

Col 3:6; For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience,

Matt 3:7; But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

Too many churches are teaching God is OK with everyone and everything. They are saying God is OK with sin and there are no consequences for>>> you seem to be blending Scotch Whisky!
 
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Single malt Scotch is single malt whisky made in Scotland. To be a single malt scotch the whisky must have been distilled at a single distillery using a pot still distillation process and made from a mash of malted grain. In Scotland, the only grain allowed to be used in a single malt whisky is barley. As with any Scotch whisky, a single malt Scotch must be distilled in Scotland and matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years and one day. (Most single malts are matured longer.)>> The BRIDE OF Christ!~ Enjoy
 
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Matt 25

1Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

Five of those virgins, expecting to be a part of the wedding... fully half of those expecting to be there, were not only shut out, but were told by Jesus, "I know you not."
 
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The righteous will never feel the wrath of GOD! Bride Go through the Tribulation ??>>>NO<<< Here is a little food for thought>> Abraham asked if the Lord would spare the cities if 50 righteous people lived there. The Lord said yes. Boldly, Abraham kept bargaining down, until God agreed not to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah if even ten righteous people lived there. Then the Lord departed. God never puts the righteous in his wrath!! then you have to look at Lot!! As the angles came to lot and they said he must leave because the city is going to be destroyed!! And what was lot doing he was procrastinating and did not want to go !! What did the angles say to LOT??? God can not destroy this city till you leave!!>>>>>very>>>very Intro! WHY?? God will never put his wrath on the righteous or make them go through IT!! Are you Rapture Ready?
Consider that while 600,000 men plus women and children were saved from the bondage of Egypt, only two of those made it into the Promised Land. Those two, Joshua and Caleb suffered the physical hardships of 40 years in the wilderness along with all of the ones who died in the wilderness without receiving the Promise.
 
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Deut 32:39-41 is quite a stand out verse. It is one that we cannot add assumptions too. A lot like Rom 9. Many misinterpret it and then many ignore it. I wish we could say 'many get it'.

I like reading the verses penned on God speaking in the first person. He speaks in simple and logical terms. No confusion whatsoever. No beating around the bush. Straight to the point. What is especially true and important to grasp is that it is words / truth that any righteous person will grasp and agree on.

My closing two cents is simply that we need to raise the thread argument in both directions. Just as many are guilty of painting God as a barbaric, biased and evil being that no righteous person would ever agree with.
 
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I dont know about never feeling the wrath of God, well personally dont want to be in that position but yes God does get angry at the wicked.

God actually DID destroy sodom and gomorrah...but got angels to fetch Lot and tell him to flee. Lot was apparently the only righteous one there. But while they got out, his daughters ended up sinning anyway. His wife turned back. So yea. I think Lot was quite aware that God wasnt happy. Lot did choose to live there though.
 
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Hmm I do think the subject is often deliberately avoided in many churches particularly childrens ministry where teachers are forbidden to teach on the subject of hell. (This is bibles in schools..to avoid offending the parents actually...I dont think children are that afraid or fearful of a God who will defend the righteous and deal with the enemy...Noah's ark after all is a story children love and only eight souls plus animals were saved!)

I think that knowing God does take vengeance on the wicked and unrepentant is better for us to understand than implying that God will always overlook sin. I mean He's God, after all, not us.
 
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Hmm just back on this subject...I think some people arent used to the wrath of Lanolin!

You might think nothing could ever tick me off and I'm kind and gentle all the time...but one thing is, I dont suffer fools gladly and if someone lies to me again and again well you might just have a sharp rebuke coming your way!

You might notice in the parable of the ten virgins, the five foolish ones actually LIED about having run out of oil, they actually took no oil with them. Never put any in in the first place.
 
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Dear Sister @Lanolin
As scripture says, there is time and a season for all things.

[Ecc 3:1 KJV] 1 To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

Surely, the wrath of Lanolin can be put aside at times for the sake of compassion. :wink:

[1Pe 3:8 NKJV] 8 Finally, all [of you be] of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, [be] tenderhearted, [be] courteous;

Pick the time carefully for the Wrath of Lanolin, with the understanding that the Wrath of God is meant not for the believer, but will be cast upon the unbelieving.

With the Love of Christ Jesus.
YBIC
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Dear Sister @Lanolin
As scripture says, there is time and a season for all things.

[Ecc 3:1 KJV] 1 To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

Surely, the wrath of Lanolin can be put aside at times for the sake of compassion. :wink:

[1Pe 3:8 NKJV] 8 Finally, all [of you be] of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, [be] tenderhearted, [be] courteous;

Pick the time carefully for the Wrath of Lanolin, with the understanding that the Wrath of God is meant not for the believer, but will be cast upon the unbelieving.

With the Love of Christ Jesus.
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I would agree with one exclusion. When the Holy Spirit motivates us to speak what seems harsh, we need to do it regardless of the consequences, and accept whatever consequences that come our way. Jesus wasnt always nice, especially to the faulty religious who were critical to others. But we cannot let the emotions of anger or pride motivate us to rebuke others.
 
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I would agree with one exclusion. When the Holy Spirit motivates us to speak what seems harsh, we need to do it regardless of the consequences, and accept whatever consequences that come our way. Jesus wasnt always nice, especially to the faulty religious who were critical to others. But we cannot let the emotions of anger or pride motivate us to rebuke others.
In this type of forum, it can then be communicated as a PM to the person, especially in the knowledge, that when we are talking about compassion it usually is dealing with a personal rather then a theological issue. In that instance when others are being compassionate, it would behoove one to seek the less obvious route for communicating "correction". Then when other avenues available to one have been exhausted, and correction is still warranted. Then one should bring it to the to the Body of Christ.

In honesty, the word "Wrath" is really not the appropriate word for what is being discussed. Chastisement would be better, but that wasn't the word used :wink:

Always with the Love of Christ Jesus Brother Brad.
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God is merciful yes but He also does have quite a few words to say to a rebellious and gainsaying, stiffnecked people. That He had stretched his arms out to.

This happened to Jesus as well. In the end Jesus stopped talking to these kinds of people as they were unbelievers and had hard hearts. He wasnt about to give anything holy to a dog.

This is why Jesus opened his invitation to the gentiles.

God isnt led by His emotions, He's God, just and merciful, but He CAN be angry! Not in a short tempered way he's so patient and may wait thousand years as its only one day to Him..but look what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah.
 
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Nobody enjoys being chastised at the time. But God will do it and if you are His it is for your benefit.

The thing is God can see the state of peoples hearts and sometimes its actually very obvious if you have spiritual discernment to see this. Maybe some people dont have this..but see Jesus did when he was dealing with Peter and Judas.
 
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In honesty, the word "Wrath" is really not the appropriate word for what is being discussed. Chastisement would be better, but that wasn't the word used :wink:
I have to agree. Discipline and chastisement aren't really the same thing as the wrath of God.
This seems to be a difficult concept for some people.

God does punish believers sometimes, that doesn't mean they "lost" their salvation. In fact I believe discipline
is for the purpose of steering them back to "the narrow path". God also warns and chastises believers sometimes.
(again, for the purpose of making sure they don't stray too far).

The "wrath" of God is a different thing for a different purpose. Those who disobey Him and those who refuse to accept His Son,
(or for those who don't believe in OSAS, those who reject Him after the fact) those people aren't going to get discipline and chastisement.
They will get the full wrath of God. Fire-brimstone, etc...
 

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