“The Wrath of God”

The scriptural teaching concerning the wrath of God should come into clearer focus in our Reformed preaching, teaching and discussion.

John wrote: “He that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:36). Also Peter makes it very clear that those who live as unbelievers remain under the wrath of God.

If we would begin to assess in a realistic and lively way what it must mean to have the infinite and immeasurable wrath of the sovereign God abide on a fellow human being, we would certainly become much more mission-minded. To contemplate the fact of God’s wrath in all its fearfulness would certainly remove any indifference or callousness

which may have developed in our attitude towards unbelievers. A contemplation of fellow-men suffering under God’s wrath, as Jesus described this in the parable of Lazarus and the rich man, would incite us to greater efforts in bringing the word of salvation to unbelievers.

In summary, then, instead of toning down or relegating to the background God’s wrath against sin and abiding on sinners, we should stress it in its proper context. Thus our love for our fellow-men would be quickened. Our zeal to preach the gospel of God’s wondrous love for a sinful world to all unbelievers everywhere would be greatly increased. Our attempts to live the Christ-like life as redeemed and sanctified servants of God would be much enhanced.