Saturday, December 05, 2015

The Wrath of God

"The wrath of God is the eternal detestation of all unrighteousness. It is the displeasure and indignation of divine equity against evil. It is the holiness of God stirred into activity against sin....God is angry against sin because it is a rebelling against His authority, a wrong done to His inviolable sovereignty. Insurrectionists against God’s government shall be made to know that God is the Lord. They shall be made to feel how great that Majesty is which they despise, and how dreadful is that threatened wrath which they so little regarded. Not that God’s anger is a malignant and malicious retaliation, inflicting injury for the sake of it, or in return for injury received. No. While God will vindicate His dominion as the Governor of the universe, He will not be vindictive."
~ Arthur Pink, "The Wrath of God"

As well, God's wrath is therefore against the ungodly, the wicked people, and not just their sins. It is the wicked people that He righteously and judiciously casts into eternal punishment, not merely their deeds. As Pink says elsewhere, what is a sinner but one who is thoroughly sinful?

Ps 5: 5 The arrogant cannot stand in your presence; You hate all who do wrong. 6 You destroy those WHO tell lies; bloodthirsty and deceitful  MEN the LORD abhors.
Ps. 11: 5 The LORD examines the righteous, but THE WICKED and THOSE WHO love violence His soul HATES.
Ps. 11: 6 On THE WICKED He will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot.
Psa 7:10  My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart. 
Psa 7:11  God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day. 
Psa 7:12  If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow; 

Psa 7:13  he has prepared for him his deadly weapons, making his arrows fiery shafts. 

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