Wrath; Really?…Yes Really!
Ok, I’ve decided that there is just too much great material to discuss in each chapter of Romans to just write one blog post on each chapter so I’m going to write two or three on each chapter. If you want, I suggest reading the chapter again each day that we discuss a portion of it. Here a link to Romans 5. In verses 8-11 we read this remarkable passage:
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
There is so much to reflect on there. First, how amazing is the grace of God that provided the death of Christ to those who are sinners. Christ died for all men, though not all will receive Him. Then we are told that because we are justified by the blood of Jesus, we are saved from wrath…God’s wrath. God’s wrath rests on sinners; but that wrath can be removed through faith in Jesus…we are “saved” by His life. What else can this mean? The wrath of God rests on all sinners…and since all have sinned, God’s wrath rests on everyone. The wrath can be removed when we are justified by faith in Jesus Christ. That is the only way to escape God’s wrath. I know this is not a popular thought these days; even among those who would identify as Christians but passages like this one in Romans 5 make it very clear. I wish that it were some other way…that God’s wrath was not like this….but I’m not God and neither are you so we don’t get to make the “rules”. The good news is that if you are reading this you can escape the wrath of God through Jesus…if you need more information, please message me.