A Small Reminder About God

Posted on February 4, 2019

13


By David Ettinger

More Than Just Love
One of the great themes of the Bible is that of God’s love. Scripture is filled with verses regarding God’s love, and the study of these passages can never be exhausted.

However, there are other attributes of God which Christians are not so keen on contemplating, but they must, for these attributes make up the entirety of what God is. With this in mind, here is just a small – and necessary – reminder about God.

stunning-sky

A God of Judgment and Wrath
These are the only two “negative” attributes I will focus on. First, I will say two things. One, God’s judgment and wrath are only reserved for those who go to their graves having rejected Him and His Son Jesus; they are not intended for believers.

Two, God’s judgment and wrath are tempered by His patience. He says: “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). God is abundantly patient and is not quick to act; He gives His created beings time to repent and turn to Him.

Here are a few verses dealing with God’s judgment and wrath, two attributes equally a part of God’s “makeup” as is love.

The Old Testament

  • Nahum 1:2: “The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The Lord takes vengeance on his foes and vents his wrath against his enemies.”
  • Zephaniah 1:2-3: “‘I will sweep away everything from the face of the earth,’ declares the Lord.‘I will sweep away both man and beast; I will sweep away the birds in the sky and the fish in the sea – and the idols that cause the wicked to stumble. When I destroy all mankind on the face of the earth,’ declares the Lord.”
  • Zephaniah 1:15: “That day [the Day of the Lord] will be a day of wrath ­– a day of distress and anguish, a day of trouble and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness.”
  • Joel 2:1-2: “Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand – a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness.”

The New Testament

  • Romans 1:18: “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness.”
  • 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10: “God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people …”
  • 2 Peter 3:7: “By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.”

What Jesus Says

  • Matthew 5:22: “But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sisterwill be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.” (This is the NT’s first mention of hell, and it comes from Jesus.)
  • Matthew 5:29: “If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.”
  • Matthew 25:46: “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
  • Luke 13:28: “There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out.”

Truth is Truth
Jesus is a God of love, but He is also a God of judgment and wrath. God’s attributes cannot be filtered out; they all work in harmony with one another. On the positive side, these “non-love” attributes are somewhat tempered by God’s holiness and righteousness; He is a God who is incapable of doing wrong. In this regard, we are told:

  • Romans 3:4: “Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: ‘So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.’”
  • 2 Samuel 22:31: “As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.”
  • Job 34:12: “It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice.”
  • Genesis 18:25: “Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?”

To this final question, the answer is, “Yes!” And He will do right every time!

Advertisements