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Back to the Basics: Theology Proper #16 God’s RIGHTEOUS WRATH! (Part 2)

In our previous post we began thinking a bit about God’s WRATH.  We don’t want to think about God’s wrath.  We would prefer a god who does not become wrathful, vengeful, furious with us sinners.  But that’s not the God of the Bible.

We listed many verses in Part 1, but only summarized through Proverbs 11:23 that says that “the hope of the wicked [ends] only in wrath.”  Let’s look at the 2nd section of those verses one more time in this second of two parts on God’s wrath.  Here are those verses again:

Isaiah 1:24
Therefore the Lord, the Lord Almighty, the Mighty One of Israel, declares: “Ah! I will vent my wrath on my foes and avenge myself on my enemies.
Isaiah 10:5
[ God’s Judgment on Assyria ] “Woe to the Assyrian, the rod of my anger, in whose hand is the club of my wrath!
Isaiah 13:5
They come from faraway lands, from the ends of the heavens— the Lord and the weapons of his wrath— to destroy the whole country.
Isaiah 48:9
For my own name’s sake I delay my wrath; for the sake of my praise I hold it back from you, so as not to destroy you completely.
Isaiah 59:18
According to what they have done, so will he repay wrath to his enemies and retribution to his foes; he will repay the islands their due.
Jeremiah 7:20
“‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: My anger and my wrath will be poured out on this place—on man and beast, on the trees of the field and on the crops of your land—and it will burn and not be quenched.
Jeremiah 7:29
“‘Cut off your hair and throw it away; take up a lament on the barren heights, for the Lord has rejected and abandoned this generation that is under his wrath.
Jeremiah 10:10
But the Lord is the true God; he is the living God, the eternal King. When he is angry, the earth trembles; the nations cannot endure his wrath.
Jeremiah 21:5
I myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and a mighty arm in furious anger and in great wrath.
Jeremiah 25:15
[ The Cup of God’s Wrath ] This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, said to me: “Take from my hand this cup filled with the wine of my wrath and make all the nations to whom I send you drink it.
Jeremiah 36:7
Perhaps they will bring their petition before the Lord and will each turn from their wicked ways, for the anger and wrath pronounced against this people by the Lord are great.”
Jeremiah 50:25
The Lord has opened his arsenal and brought out the weapons of his wrath, for the Sovereign Lord Almighty has work to do in the land of the Babylonians.
Lamentations 4:11
The Lord has given full vent to his wrath; he has poured out his fierce anger. He kindled a fire in Zion that consumed her foundations.
Ezekiel 5:13
“Then my anger will cease and my wrath against them will subside, and I will be avenged. And when I have spent my wrath on them, they will know that I the Lord have spoken in my zeal.
Ezekiel 13:13
“‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: In my wrath I will unleash a violent wind, and in my anger hailstones and torrents of rain will fall with destructive fury.
Ezekiel 16:38
I will sentence you to the punishment of women who commit adultery and who shed blood; I will bring on you the blood vengeance of my wrath and jealous anger.
Ezekiel 20:21
“‘But the children rebelled against me: They did not follow my decrees, they were not careful to keep my laws, of which I said, “The person who obeys them will live by them,” and they desecrated my Sabbaths. So I said I would pour out my wrath on them and spend my anger against them in the wilderness.
Ezekiel 21:31
I will pour out my wrath on you and breathe out my fiery anger against you; I will deliver you into the hands of brutal men, men skilled in destruction.
Ezekiel 22:22
As silver is melted in a furnace, so you will be melted inside her, and you will know that I the Lord have poured out my wrath on you.’”
Ezekiel 25:17
I will carry out great vengeance on them and punish them in my wrath. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I take vengeance on them.’”
Daniel 9:16
Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from Jerusalem, your city, your holy hill. Our sins and the iniquities of our ancestors have made Jerusalem and your people an object of scorn to all those around us.
Hosea 5:10
Judah’s leaders are like those who move boundary stones. I will pour out my wrath on them like a flood of water.
Hosea 13:11
So in my anger I gave you a king, and in my wrath I took him away.
Nahum 1:2
[ The Lord’s Anger Against Nineveh ] The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The Lord takes vengeance on his foes and vents his wrath against his enemies.
Nahum 1:6
Who can withstand his indignation? Who can endure his fierce anger? His wrath is poured out like fire; the rocks are shattered before him.
Habakkuk 3:2
Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.
Zephaniah 1:15
That day will be a day of wrath— a day of distress and anguish, a day of trouble and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness—
Zephaniah 1:18
Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the Lord’s wrath.” In the fire of his jealousy the whole earth will be consumed, for he will make a sudden end of all who live on the earth.
Malachi 1:4
Edom may say, “Though we have been crushed, we will rebuild the ruins.” But this is what the Lord Almighty says: “They may build, but I will demolish. They will be called the Wicked Land, a people always under the wrath of the Lord.
Matthew 3:7
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
Luke 21:23
How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people.
John 3:36
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.
Romans 1:18
[ God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity ] The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,
Romans 2:5
But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.
Romans 2:8
But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.
Romans 9:22
What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction?
Romans 12:19
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
Romans 13:4
For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.
Ephesians 2:3
All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.
Ephesians 5:6
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.
Colossians 3:6
Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.
1 Thessalonians 1:10
and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.
1 Thessalonians 5:9
For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Revelation 6:16
They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!
Revelation 6:17
For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?”
Revelation 11:18
The nations were angry, and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name, both great and small— and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”
Revelation 14:10
they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb.

In concluding this study, we see that —
His anger is described as the blood vengeance of His wrath and jealous anger, the fire of His jealousy.

From these verses we learn that God will vent His wrath and avenge Himself on His enemies. He will repay wrath to His enemies. God used Assyria as the club, the weapons, of His wrath. God takes vengeance and is filled with wrath.

His wrath and anger will be poured out, will burn and not be quenched. We read of a generation that is under His wrath. We learn that nations cannot endure His wrath. He has given full vent to His wrath and poured out His fierce anger. God threatens to pour out His wrath and spend His anger on His people. He will breathe out His fiery anger. He will punish them in His wrath. His wrath is poured out like fire.

There will come a time when His anger will cease and His wrath against His people will subside (after He has spent His wrath on them).

About His own people God says He will fight against them in furious anger and in great wrath. His cup is filled with the wine of His wrath. God looks for repentance, for the anger and wrath pronounced against this people by the Lord are great. In His anger God gave them a king and in His wrath He took him away.

God will even unleash the elements of weather (violent wind, hailstones, torrents of rain) against His people. We read of a day of wrath.

The good news is that God’s wrath may be delayed. We can pray that He will turn away from His anger and His wrath. We can ask that He will in wrath remember mercy. We can warn others to flee from the coming wrath.

The hard truth is that those who have not believed on the Son, those who reject the Son, God’s wrath remains on them.

The reality is that we have to leave room for God’s wrath. It is clearly taught in the Word of God (one wonders if there are more verses on God’s wrath than on His love?). And we need to warn people with the gospel to FLEE God’s wrath.

Thank God today for the Son of God who rescues us from the coming wrath!

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2018 in doctrine of God

 

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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 88)

Psalm 88

A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah. For the director of music. According to mahalath leannoth. A maskil[c] of Heman the Ezrahite.

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    day and night I cry out to you.
May my prayer come before you;
    turn your ear to my cry.

I am overwhelmed with troubles
    and my life draws near to death.
I am counted among those who go down to the pit;
    I am like one without strength.
I am set apart with the dead,
    like the slain who lie in the grave,
whom you remember no more,
    who are cut off from your care.

You have put me in the lowest pit,
    in the darkest depths.
7 Your wrath lies heavily on me;
    you have overwhelmed me with all your waves.
You have taken from me my closest friends
    and have made me repulsive to them.
I am confined and cannot escape;
    my eyes are dim with grief.

I call to you, Lord, every day;
    I spread out my hands to you.
10 Do you show your wonders to the dead?
    Do their spirits rise up and praise you?
11 Is your love declared in the grave,
    your faithfulness in Destruction?
12 Are your wonders known in the place of darkness,
    or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?

13 But I cry to you for help, Lord;
    in the morning my prayer comes before you.
14 Why, Lord, do you reject me
    and hide your face from me?

15 From my youth I have suffered and been close to death;
    I have borne your terrors and am in despair.
16 Your wrath has swept over me;
    your terrors have destroyed me.
17 All day long they surround me like a flood;
    they have completely engulfed me.
18 You have taken from me friend and neighbor—
    darkness is my closest friend.

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2017 in troubles

 

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The Joy of Unit-Reading #54 (the Book of Numbers)

The Old Testament book of Numbers is a tough — and long — book! Here are my notes:

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Here are a couple of takeaways from this book:
1. Capital punishment is applied to a variety of sins!
2. We get several passages that deal with God’s wrath.
3. God speaks with Moses as a friend with a friend!
4. Even Moses thought that God lacked the ability to provide for His people.
5. We get some fascinating detail about the Avenger!

My prayer:  “Lord, make me aware of Your holiness.   Keep me from those sins that would be barbs in my eyes and thorns in my side!  Thank You for Your unchangableness — and Your grace!  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.”

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2016 in unit-reading

 

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Back to Basics (A Study of Titus 2): Part 11

We continue our study of the Christian life as we look at Titus 2:

Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 8.15.29 AM11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. 15 These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.

God’s grace not only saves us; it teaches us how to live, which involves both denying (ungodliness and worldly passions) and affirming (living soberly, uprightly, and godly in this present world).  We are to seek to influence our culture, not impose our values upon it.

But God’s grace is also a WAITING grace, as we saw in our last post: “while we wait for the blessed hope . . .” (v. 13).  We are waiting for none other than God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, “our great God and Savior.”

This WAITING grace reminds us that Jesus “gave himself for us” (v. 14).  The self-giving of the Son of God is a major theme of the New Testament.

Jesus makes it abundantly clear in John 10 that He will “lay down [His] Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 6.49.41 AMlife for the sheep” (v. 15).  He clearly states two verses later that “I lay down my life, that I might take it again.”  Then He says in the very next verse of John 10:  “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

It is one thing to give oneself to another; it is quite another to give oneself FOR another.  Jesus gave Himself for us.  This certainly is a strong argument for what theologians call the “vicarious penal view of the atonement.”  “Vicarious,” of course, means as our substitute.

Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 6.52.54 AMThe vicarious penal view of the atonement is under much attack these days, specifically by Sharon Baker in her book Executing God.  Biblical Christianity teaches that our sin put us under God’s wrath.  And we can only be rescued from that wrath by the Son of God taking our place and bearing that righteous wrath for us.  And that’s what the Lord Jesus did. (to be continued)

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2015 in Titus 2

 

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