The Beauty of the Gospel: Saved from the Wrath of God
In our journey of faith, it is essential to grasp the fullness of the gospel message. While many focus solely on the love of God, understanding His wrath is equally crucial. By comprehending the righteous wrath of God that is upon us and recognizing our need for salvation, we can truly appreciate the depth of His love and the beauty of the gospel. In this blog post, we will delve into the Scriptural truths that highlight the reality of God's wrath and the salvation offered through Jesus Christ.
Understanding the Wrath of God:
The Scriptures present the reality that all human beings deserve God's wrath due to our sins. It emphasizes the severity of our condition and the righteous judgment we face. The Jews, who rejected Jesus as their Messiah, faced great consequences for their actions. In Matthew 21:42-44, Jesus warns that the kingdom of God would be taken away from them and given to those producing its fruits. The temple's destruction in AD 70 further exemplified the desolation that Jesus prophesied.
The Need for a Healthy Understanding of Wrath:
While some may shy away from discussing God's wrath, it is essential to embrace a complete understanding of His character. The truth is that the love of God becomes even more beautiful when we acknowledge the wrath we deserve. Our sins, which continually accumulate without repentance, store up God's wrath against us. Romans 2:5 reminds us that an impenitent heart leads to the storing up of wrath for the day of judgment.
The Suppression of Truth:
As human beings, we are created in the image of God, aware of our accountability to a higher authority. However, the Bible reveals that humanity actively suppresses the truth of God, suppressing (suffocating) it like holding a ball underwater. We willingly disregard the truth, which only leads to further unrighteousness and ungodliness. The suppression of truth also highlights our need for salvation and how far we have strayed from God's intended purpose.
The Gospel's Beauty Unveiled:
In the midst of our deserving wrath, the gospel shines forth as a beacon of hope. Jesus Christ, being perfect and without sin, took upon Himself the anguish and psychological torture of the cross. Jesus not only bore the physical pain but also endured the wrath of God the Father. His sacrifice became the means through which we could be saved from eternal condemnation.
The Purpose of God's Wrath:
Contrary to popular belief, understanding and proclaiming God's wrath is crucial for sharing the gospel effectively. Romans 1:18 reveals that "the wrath of God is revealed against all ungodliness and unrighteousness". By comprehending the weight of our sins and the consequences they entail, we can comprehend the enormity of God's love displayed through Jesus Christ's sacrifice. The proclamation of God's wrath highlights the urgent need for repentance and faith in Jesus Christ for salvation.
The beauty of the gospel shines even brighter when we grasp the fullness of God's character, understanding both His love and His wrath. Through the Scriptural truths presented, we have explored the reality of God's wrath and the salvation offered through Jesus Christ. As we reflect on our own lives and the suffering we may endure, let us remember that we have been delivered from the wrath to come. May this understanding deepen our appreciation for the depths of God's love and inspire us to live our lives fully for His glory and honor.
Written by Jesse Schreck | founder, director, and missionary with Practical Missions Cohort
To hear more on this topic you can check out ep. 294 of Missions Incorporated