The Citizens of the World V.S God the Creator of the World
In today's world the concept of God's wrath upsets most people in that they perceive God to be cruel, unkind, and even merciless but this way of thinking is why the very reason why God's wrath is just. We live in times when people choose to put themselves over God, this in itself is deserving of God's wrath. People ask, "How can God permit evil?" "Why does God allow natural disasters that take the lives of so many people?" "Why does bad things happen to good people?"
The list goes on. God is blamed for just about any catastrophe and adversity humans go through on a regular basis, but let's be fair and accurate here for a minute shall we.
First things first, let it be known that this writer, has all authority under Heaven to write, present and dispense this remedy for the mind of the readers and any other writings or recordings that come forth. God needs no help, but it is the responsibility His people, His called out ones to defend the gospel. Moving on, let's examine how and why God's wrath is just.
1. God's wrath is against all evil. Romans 1:18 says, " For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness." I'm sure any believer or even an idealist can conquer that there much falsehood in the world, rampant lies, and an overarching need for fact checking. You see God hates a lying tongue and demands righteous behavior from His people. God's wrath is not anger out of control, His anger is just, and is an anecdote for the fear, and the oppression of His faithful ones who work diligently to spread the gospel in its truest from and those who uphold righteousness. Read below in Colossians 3:1-15, as we see the correct way of living people of God must adhere to to avoid God's wrath.
Colossians 3 (NLT)Living the New Life
3 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. 3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 And when Christ, who is your[a]life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.
5 So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. 6 Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.[b] 7 You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. 8 But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. 9 Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. 10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. 11 In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile,[c] circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized,[d] slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.
12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
2. God is to be feared, not man. His wrath announces to the entire earth, that He is intervening in world affairs in order to humble the nations before bringing the Kingdom of God to earth.
15 Then everyone—the kings of the earth, the rulers, the generals, the wealthy, the powerful, and every slave and free person—all hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 16 And they cried to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. 17 For the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to survive?”
3. God is looking for a humble people, pure hearts and clean hands. Many have continued to ignore the warnings of the Lord, and have continued on with their partying, drunkenness, worrying and weighing down themselves with the cares of this world.
34 “Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, 35 like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. 36 Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.”
4.God is a God of order, there are conditions to follow. Though salvation is free to all who believe and repent of their sins, the popular notion, "once saved always saved is merely a misconception of a depraved mindset. For if a person is truly saved and have repented of their sin, and desires a relationship with the Lord, they will be granted full fellowship and receive grace to withstand the wiles of the enemy. People who have devoted their lives to serving God in spirit and in truth cannot be removed out of the Lamb's Book of Life. Likewise, not everyone that says they are a born again believer truly is. This is a sad truth that we must live with. Not all will say yes to a life of newness, and immense peace no matter their circumstances. Instead many choose to seek the advice of mediums, witches, fortune tellers, as well as those who join groups to conjure up dark spirits that rule the darkness and inflict horror upon God's people. Many, yes, many will go down the slippery slope to the dark side of life, and remain lost forever.
20 But the people who did not die in these plagues still refused to repent of their evil deeds and turn to God. They continued to worship demons and idols made of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood—idols that can neither see nor hear nor walk!21 And they did not repent of their murders or their witchcraft or their sexual immorality or their thefts."
5. God's wrath symbolizes His love for mankind. God is love. God is patient towards us. The Apostle Peter, reminded us that God is long-suffering towards us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance."
2 Peter 3:9-11:
9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.
11 Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live.
We need to be living godly lives so that we will be spared from God's wrath that will be poured on those who are disobedient.
The Closing Arguments & Solution:
Truthfully, God doesn't want anyone to be caught unaware. This is why He sent His prophets to reveal His plans so that people would turn away from evil and seek Him. Time and time again, God has shown us His character, showed up for us in times of trouble, healed many miraculously, gave wisdom to overcome obstacles and adversity, healed the sick, raised the dead, and sat with little children to bless them and breathe the newness of life upon them.
The way to survive the wrath of God is to develop a close relationship with the Lord, while you have the chance and through faithful obedience to His word.
"No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good,
and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God."
To strengthen your relationship with the Lord, you are encouraged to spend more time in His word. There you will find rest for your souls, peace, and wisdom to lead, be lead, and to serve as Jesus would. Our goal should be to serve the Lord in spirit and in truth, and to forsake self and focus on doing the will of God.
Proverbs 11:4 ~ " Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death."
In His Service,
Crystal E. Melville, M.A. CPC
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