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Saturday, 17 July 2010

Really!!! Can God Be Angry?

With All These Evil In The World … What is His Stance

 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. Romans 1:18-20

 Romans 1:18-20 contains tree important concepts, which together explain why the wrath of God against men and women is justified. The first is wrath itself. It is being revealed from heaven against the ungodly: The second is suppression of the truth about God by human beings: The third is God’s prior revelation of Himself to those very people who suppress the truth about Him.

 This three really need to be seen in reverse order – revelation, suppression, and then wrath. They teach God has given a revelation of Himself in nature sufficient to lead any right thinking man or woman to seek Him out and worship Him, but that, instead of doing this, people suppress this revelation. They deny it so that they do not have to follow where it leads them. It is because of this willful and immoral suppression of the truth about God by human beings that the wrath of God comes upon them.

 Men and women now like to hide behind the politically correct Phrase “I am aware there is someone out there”; you might even like some theologians ‘Know’ and be so learned about God but not experience him (just like a doctor could have expert knowledge about a disease but have never experienced the disease).

 Wrath, is part of the HOLINESS of God (which also includes His majesty, Will and righteousness), because it is the natural and proper stance of the holy God against all that opposes Him. It means that God takes the business of being God so seriously that he will permit no other to usurp His place

There are two main words for wrath in the bible (new testament). One is ‘thymos’ from the root that means “to rush fiercely” “to be in a heat of violence” or “to breathe violently.” We can capture this idea by the phrase “a panting rage”. The other word is ‘orge’ which means “to grow ripe for something.” It portrays wrath as something that builds up over a long period of time, like water collecting behind a great dam. Do a quick exercise now by having a look at our world today and decide which of these two words is appropriate.

It is easy for a person to try and excuse themselves of the wrath that is being unveiled by claiming not to have an experience or personal knowledge of God; but this passage implies that the politically correct Phrase “I am aware there is someone out there” IS NOT ENOUGH TO SAVE A MAN OR WOMAN FROM THE WRATH BEING UNVEILED; BUT MORE THAN ENOUGH TO CONDEMN HIM OR HER.

Seek to be set free from God’s wrath today:

Admit you spiritual need.
We all are sinners: Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”. Romans 3:23

What is the result of sin?
The wages of sin is death Romans 6:23. 

Since we can never measure up to God’s standards by our own strength; God has reached out to mankind
“God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8; John 3:16-17 

What must a person do to accept this gift?
Simply receive it! “come to me, all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28.  “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me” Revelation 3:20 “For as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God” John 1:12.

If you haven't already received Christ as your Savior, don't put it off another day! Take time right now to invite Him into your life. Confess your sins. Receive His forgiveness and the gift of eternal life. You might pray something like this:

Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner in need of a Saviour. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. Thank You for giving me eternal life. Help me to live my life in a way that pleases You, for whatever time You give me here on earth. I look forward to living forever in Heaven with You. Amen.

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