Responding To The Doctrine Of God’s Wrath

In a Brief  Survey of the Epistle of Paul to the Romans
Base on sermons preached in PCC Worship Services, July 2003 to Sep 2005
Part 4e of 83

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and un-righteousness of men, who hold [i.e. hold down] the truth in unrighteousness” (Rom 1:18).

[Over the last four issues, we have been studying this inspired statement of Paul on the wrath of God. We considered: (1) the nature of God’s wrath, (2) the revelation of God’s wrath, and (3) the subject of God’s wrath. In this concluding instalment, we must consider how we should respond to the doctrine of the Wrath of God.]

a.   First, let me say a word to you who name the name of Christ. If you love the Lord Jesus Christ, whether you are young or old, you too ought also to meditate on the wrath of God. The doctrine of the wrath of God ought to bring terror to those who walk in unrighteousness. But for those who are seeking to walk in truth, it ought not be a doctrine to depress us. Nevertheless, we must not simply ignore the doctrine.

Let us rather, be reminded of God’s holiness and how He utterly abhors sin. Let us remember how His wrath burns against sin and sinners. But when we do so, let us lift up our hearts in fervent praise and gratitude to God for having delivered us from the wrath to come.

Let us acknowledge with Jeremiah:

“It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness” (Lam 3:22-23).

And let us seek to please Him by living holy lives out of love and gratitude for Him.

And let us bear in mind who God is. Let us worship him and serve Him with grace in our hearts and with reverence and godly fear: “For our God is a consuming fire.” (Heb 12: 29)..

Is there a sin in your life that you have not repent of? Will you not turn away from it, pleading God’s forgiveness in Christ? Unless you seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, you will not have any assurance of God’s love instead of wrath. This is why the apostle Paul warns us:

3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.  7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them” (Eph 5:3-7).

Beloved, let a fear of God and a fear of displeasing him who loves us keep you from sinning against him.

b.   Secondly, I would like to have a word with you if you are yet an unbeliever. Never mind whether you are young or old. If Christ is still a stranger to you, you are an unbeliever. If you are an unbeliever, I would plead with you, flee from the wrath to come.

Jonathan Edwards is right: The arrow of God’s judgment is even now aimed at your heart, and the only reason why the arrow the arrow has not been released is the mere pleasure of God.

You are standing at the brink of hell and the only reason why you have not fallen into it is because God’s hands are still holding you. But do not assume that He will continue to hold you. Do not think that you will live another 10 years, 20 years or 50 years. Do not think that there is plenty of time for you to think about Christ, for every moment you live outside of Christ, is a moment of storing up the wrath of God. The only reason why you are still alive and have not fallen into the abyss is the mere pleasure of God. And “it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Heb 10:31).

Do not test the patience of God, dear friend, because your sin makes you a loathsome creature in the eye of God. God is “of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity” (Hab 1:13). Sin must be punished. The unrepentant sinner must experience God’s Wrath, or God is no more God. Do not test the Lord’s patience. Cry out unto the Lord in repentance today. Confess that you are a sinner. Confess that you deserve hell. Confess that Christ alone can save you. Ask the Lord to forgive you your sin and to make you a child of God.

Do not delay. Flee to Christ, flee from the wrath to come. Flee to the arms of the Lord Jesus Christ for he will not turn away anyone who comes to him by faith.

Now is the day of salvation. Today you can flee to Christ as the lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world. Today Christ promises to meet with you if you come to him. But this promise hold true for today only. God does not promise to meet you tomorrow.  tomorrow may be the day of the “wrath of the Lamb” (Rev 6:16) for you. But today is the day of salvation.

Children, have you seen a lamb? A lamb is a gentle harmless animal. The Lord Jesus says:

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek [or gentle] and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Mt 11:28-30).

Today if you go to Christ, He will receive you and you will find him gentle, meek and lowly. But if you continue to reject Christ, and live in sin, the day will come when you will experience the wrath of the lamb. In that day, the wrath of God that you are storing up by ignoring Christ will be poured down upon you. Oh will you not flee to Him while there is yet time. Come O children! Come O sinners! Come repenting of your sin, and acknowledge Christ to be your God and Saviour. Amen.