THE WRATH OF GOD
Divine wrath is evidence of the faithfulness of God, who is religious and true to himself. It is not a way of describing extreme or uncontrolled anger in God, but is powerful expression of His love and holiness. In His wrath, God judges, condemns and is unable to tolerate sin, while in His love he seeks to bring us to repentance.
In the book of Revelation, for example, it is the Lamb, embodying the saving love of God in Christ, who also expresses God’s enduring wrath towards the impenitent. It is our own sin that brings the wrath of God upon us.
The wrath of God is purposeful and disciplinary at present, designed to lead us toward repentance. But although restrained now, in the final consummation that wrath will be complete when God’s righteous judgement will be revealed to the ultimately unrepentant.(John 5:28,29)
The Bible links our sinful state, our separation from God, and the wrath of God, with the sting or anguish of death.It also warns of the dreadful possibility of spiritual death resulting in final separation from God. To reject God’s mercy is to risk becoming unable to respond to divine love. The consequence of sin is that we die in sin. (John 8:24, Ephesians 2:1–3).
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©The Salvation Army handbook of Doctrine.