The Wrath of God

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller:

“Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete” Rev 15:1

The author of the book of Hebrews says that, “it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” The wrath of God is not a topic we like to spend a lot of time talking about.

Most of us are uncomfortable with the idea of God’s wrath because it can be difficult to reconcile with our idea of Love. First, we must remember that God’s wrath is not the same as our wrath. The writer of James tells us that, “the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” God’s wrath is rooted in His love. He would not be loving if He did not punish sin.

Second, we see that God’s wrath serves a purpose. The idea here in Revelation 15 is that His wrath will fulfill its intended design. Satan and his kingdom will be defeated. Evil will be punished.

Lastly, we must not forget that Jesus drank the cup of God’s wrath for us, so that we could drink the cup of God’s grace. God’s wrath is real, it is just, and it is coming. We must not water down this truth. The blood of Jesus allows God’s wrath to pass over us a Christians. Paul says, Christians are not appointed unto wrath. This should both encourage us and inspire us to share the gospel this week!