Google+ 11/03/12 The Wrath of God?

Romans 1:18

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men,

who hold the truth in unrighteousness.

 

Today is not one of those "feel good" devotions.  The Bible always speaks the truth and calls us to do likewise in all things.  Today, Paul is speaking to the newly formed Roman church which was made up primarily of Gentiles.  The language of government was Latin, but the language of the people was Greek.  Paul wrote this letter to the Romans for three reasons.  First, Paul wanted to teach the Romans the fundamental doctrine of salvation in order to fortify them against the Judaizers.  Second, Paul wanted to explain the unbelief of Israel and vindicate the faithfulness of God in His dealings with Israel.  Finally, Paul wished to give practical instruction concerning Christian living in the society of his day.  In verse 18, Paul confirms that God must punish repeated sin to express his nature of holiness, truth and justice.  Paul tells us that sin personally offends God.  We should not be surprised about this.  Look at the Garden of Eden, Sodom and Gammorah, and Noah and the Great flood as just three major Biblical events.  To deny that there is a wrath of God against sin would be to deny the very existence of Jesus Christ and His reconciling work on the cross.  For this reason, God's wrath is revealed in both nature and Scripture.  Having said all this, why does the modern New Testament Church only focus on God's love?  God is truly a loving God and He does call us to love Him, Jesus, and each other.  This begs the question "What if we don't?".  The Bible has the answer in our Scripture for today.  If we repeatedly act ungodly and unrighteously, we will see the wrath of God.  Why you ask?  God hates sin.  He loves the sinner.  He hates sin.  I have decided that I do not want to see the wrath of God.  I don't want to be a victim of all the things in Revelation.  I want to have God's mark on my forehead.  I want to be identified as a child of God.  How do we do that together?  We speak and do the truth of God with love, but always speaking the truth.  We do not hold the truth in unrighteousness.  We do not embrace people that do.  We should do exactly what God does;  hate the sin and love the sinner.  To love the sinner, we must speak the truth.  I am often told by people that this is judgment.  Let me emphatically say it is not.  Telling God's truth is just that and we must do it.  Yes, it could cause conflict for God.  So be it if that happens.  "Fence-sitting" when it comes to God's truth will eventually invoke His wrath.  The Bible says so.  Let's not do that!  So is there a wrath of God?  Yes there is and I encourage you to avoid it...the Bible tells us it isn't pretty!