Wrath – For Real
By Dennis Huebshman
First, it’s necessary to understand our God is a “Triune” God, consisting of three distinct members – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This has always existed, and will exist forever. For our human minds, this concept is difficult because we see time in seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years. God made “time” for us as He is not bound by any of it. We cannot begin to appreciate what “forever” is as we have “endings” on this earth. (Genesis 1:3-53; 14:19) (all emphasis is mine)
When God was in the creation process, He said, “Let Us make man in Our image and Our likeness.” (Genesis 1:26) This is a definite indication that the Godhead is plural. Jesus often spoke of the Father, and in John 10:30 stated, “The Father and I are One.” In John 14:26, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in My Name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” This rounds out the Trinity.
John 1:1-5 specifically says Jesus was with God from the beginning of this earth, and He is in fact God. Everything was made through Him, and by Him. Now think of this; the creator sent 1/3 of Himself to this earth, that He created, in the form of a man, that He created, to be a sacrifice for all of us who couldn’t keep from sinning. For anyone on this earth except for the “Man/God” Jesus, we’ve all sinned as Paul said in Romans 3:23.
As a man-fully human, Jesus fasted in the wilderness for 40 days after His baptism from John. He did not have to be baptized for His sins, as He never sinned while on this earth. He experienced what extreme hunger would be like, and was subjected to temptations from satan, just as we all are.
He could have taken all His power back at any moment, but allowed Himself to be “lower than the angels for a time”. (Hebrews 2:9) He totally resisted the devil’s temptations, and during His entire time on earth, did not sin even once.
Even through the entire crucifixion ordeal, Jesus maintained control and through His death, burial and resurrection, put the final nail in satan’s doom. Satan is still active today, but only as far as the Father allows, and in the end will be in the Lake of Fire that was made specifically for Him (Matthew 25:41).
The Father allowed His Son to be the perfect sacrifice for us, and did not spare the pain and agony of it. For this reason, He has the right to set the “ground rules” for anyone who wants to have eternal life in Heaven.
First, “Jesus said I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) Next, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven, given among men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)
And then, “All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Joel 2:32; Acts 2:21 and Romans 19/13) The obvious opposite of this is that all who do not call on Jesus (accept Him) will not be saved. No third option exists.
Also, “because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10”9)
Consider, “For by Grace you have been saved through Faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the Gift of God; not a result of works so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Finally, “Whoever believes in the Son of God, has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God, has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning His Son. Whoever has the Son, has life; whoever does not have the Son does not have life. (1 John 5:10-12)
I have listed these, but can anyone possibly say this is too difficult for us? Believe, have faith, call out, accept, confess our sins, be saved. God even gives us 1 John 1:8-10 as a path for forgiveness when we do slip and sin.
Up until the crucifixion, the trinity had never been separated. When all the sins of the world from the beginning to the very end of the Millennium were placed upon Jesus, God had to literally turn away from Him, as God can tolerate no sin. This is believed to be the moment Jesus cried out, “My God, My God! Why have you forsaken Me?” And then it was over. Jesus was able to be comforted once again, and said, “It is Finished!”. Once and for all, we gained a pathway to the Father through the loyal submission of His Son.
In light of all this, do you understand why God is adamant that Jesus is to be accepted as our only Savior? God gave us everything we need, and our biggest exertion is to accept the Gift and thank Him.
There are numerous verses in the Bible that describe the “wrath of God”. From the beginning, humans have disappointed Him, and even sought-after gods of wood, stone and metal that they could see and touch. Instead of following His plain instructions, man seems to always want to add to what He has given, which is an insult.
Some verses that describe His wrath are Exodus 15:7; Deuteronomy 29:28; 30:2-3; Proverbs 11:4; Proverbs 11:23; Jeremiah 7:29; Jeremiah 23:19; 30:23; Daniel 8:19; Zephaniah 1:18; just to name a few of the Old Testament examples.
In the New Testament, some are; Matthew 3:7 and Luke 3:7; John 3:36; Romans 2:5; Ephesians 5:6; Colossians 3:6; and Revelation 3:10.
I know it’s a lot of reading, but worth every minute of it. Two that are given by Paul are 1 Thessalonians 2:19 and 1 Thessalonians 3:13, “For who is our Hope or Joy or Crown to boast before our Lord Jesus at His coming? Is it not of course You? (3:13) So that your hearts are strengthened in Holiness to be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints?
Anyone who ends up in the Wrath will have chosen it. God does not want anyone to fail (2 Peter 3:9). Anyone who ends up in the Lake of Fire with satan will be of their own doing.
Personally, I’d rather end up at eh Judgment seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10), to find out what my assignment in Heaven will be. My wife and I, and others, have made our choice to call out to Jesus and be with Him forever. There’s plenty of room left for you. Why not call on Him today as tomorrow may just be too late.