“God’s Wrath Revealed”
August 30, 2015
It is clear that the world hates God. God’s morality is mocked. His truth is ignored. His commands are violated. Christ is scorned. What Jesus told his disciples in the first century is still true of both Him and us today — “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you” (Jn. 15:18). Yes, the world hates God — the only true God of absolute truth revealed in Scripture.
And this hatred of God is often expressed in the ridicule of God’s judgment. While many argue against it, supposing that a loving God cannot also be wrathful, perhaps even more ridicule it with cartoonish figures lampooning His wrath — these drawings generally depict an old, weak, hooded, senile looking man carrying a placard declaring, “The end is near!” only to have some mocking punch line given below the picture. And the entire process is designed to minimize the wrath of God: it’s not coming, it can’t come (because God is too weak and senile), don’t worry…
But as we read Scripture in general and as we come to the middle of Romans 1, there is one clear and inescapable fact and those who ignore it do so to their eternal peril:
The wrath of God is coming.
In the two verses of Romans 1:18-19, Paul reveals four truths about the coming wrath of God —
- The Wrath of God is Revealed (v. 18a)
- God Reveals God’s Wrath (v. 18b)
- God’s Wrath is Against Unrighteousness (v. 18c)
- God’s Wrath is Reasonable (vv. 18d-19)
- It is reasonable because truth is suppressed
- It is reasonable because truth is known
- It is reasonable because God revealed His truth
Download the rest of this sermon from Romans 1:18-19.
The audio will be posted on the GBC website later today.