God is Angry

God is angry. Yes, He’s STILL angry. And the object of that anger? It’s sin. So, if you or I are the ones that DO that sinning, then He’s angry at our sin, and since we’re the ones who chose to do it, HE’s ANGRY WITH US.  God is Holy.  He is perfect.  He is without sin.  As part of His perfection, He is just.  Justice requires punishment of wrongdoing.  In a world where right and wrong exist, right is to be rewarded and wrongdoers are to be chastened.  These are plain truths.  Doesn’t something inside of us boil when criminals run free?  Look at the outrage over the recent Trayvon Martin case.  Why were people so upset, even those who probably do not have faith in Jesus Christ or may claim that there is no God?  We all have a deep, inner desire for order.  The universe in which we live depends on order and laws; all these are exemplary of God’s glory. 

We have all fallen short of this glory, the glory of God, by sinning against Him at some point in our lives. If we say that we have never sinned, then the truth is not in us.  If we say that we’re OK on our own, or that we are “basically good people,” then we are believing in the doctrine of a devil, a deception conceived by the enemy of mankind in order to keep us from tasting the gift of eternal life that our Father has for us.  If we'[re honest with ourselves, we each have a deep desire within us to make our mark, to be part of something that lasts.  Eternity has been set in our hearts.  Our innermost being, our soul and our very spirit within us longs to be in touch with forever, with true, with love everlasting.  This, friends, is called heaven.  Heaven is a privilege awarded to the righteous, not a right guaranteed to all. If we believe that we are “OK people,” and that “I’m good enough to get into heaven,” then we are filled with pride.  We have exaggerated our own abilities and are too puffed up in our own estimation of ourselves to REPENT.  Jesus Christ has given us the option, where once our flesh had us enslaved to sin relentlessly,  to change our minds and to accept that the Kingdom of God has come near to man, in Him, Jesus the Christ of Nazareth who came in the flesh to earth, obeying His Father, offering himself for our sins, and rising again on the third day to defeat it: once and for all mankind.   If you haven’t come to know this Jesus, of whom I speak, then you are currently condemned to hell for not believing in Him.  And this isn’t because of God’s unfariness: you deserve it. We enter into the kindness of God, the Kingdom of God, by accepting the kindness He provded in Christ, and we abide in His kindness by obedience to His word (through the power of His Spirit): by allowing His Kingdom to reign in us.

 
I know this message isn’t very ‘now’ or ‘in’, hip or trendy, but it IS the word of God.  God’s wrath remains on those who choose not to believe on the name of Jesus, and those who forsake the gift of righteousness given in Christ by continuing in a life of sin after claiming to be following Jesus.  “Well THAT seems unfair!” some might say.  Ya know what’s truly unfair, though?  It’s unfair that people like you and I, who have lived lives of sin, whether in our past or up into the right now, and whether great or small, get to go to heaven AT ALL.  It’s unfair in the most beneficial, benevolent, merciful, and gracious way possible: forgiveness.  Through His willing death on the cross at Calvary, Jesus, our Messiah, BECAME SIN EVEN THOUGH HE NEVER SINNED.  God the Word, the Son, took on flesh and became an ordinary, weak and feeble (in relation to God!) man and He purposely set out, every moment of His life, to obey the Father: El Shaddai, Elohim, the creator of the universe. Even though He never sinned, and lived perfectly by the Spirit of God that was in Him, HE TOOK THE PUNISHMENT THAT WAS DUE TO US, just recompense for our sin.  Yup, that’s what Yahweh, the same God who appeared to Moses in the burning bush, the same God who freed the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, the same God who pronounced curses over Adam’s sinful self and his sinful progeny (that’s us), that’s what our Father in heaven has done for us in Christ.  So, before we get up in arms with our, “That’s unfair,” and “God’s a monster for putting his SUPPOSED children in hell,” let’s remember that He gave us free will and that He allows us to choose our final destination. 
 
It is His patience, His kindness that ought to lead us to repentance; let’s not wait another moment – let’s not forsake the gift that He has given us in and through Christ!  Even as believers, we can fall short.  Whether you believe now or not, won’t you join me in a prayer of repentance? Your Father wants to be near You, but you who have sinned have forced Him, in His holiness, to remain relationally distant and justly wrathful toward you. 
Father, I pray that You’ll forgive me for any way in which I have offended you with my sin.  Please show me, with Your Holy Spirit, the errors of my ways that I will not commit these same errors again.  Please allow me, by the empowerment afforded by Your Holy Spirit resident in me, to live by the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord. May I do only to serve you.  May I live my life as a living sacrifice in order to, in my nearest approximation, repay Your great kindness unto me: the great kindness manifest in the form of a man from Nazareth who became my propitiation, paying the debt that was owed in accordance to Your wrath upon my sin, thus the punishment that was due to me.  May we who believe never forget what has been done for us, and thus put on the bonds of love in all that we do, think, and say.  May we more and more, moment by moment, reflect Your righteousness and Your glory, and may we each take our places in the Kingdom of God, the family of God, the Body of Jesus Christ, becoming the most mature, full, and loving servants to one another and to the world that we can be. We thank you for all these things in the mighty name of Jesus; Amen.
 
Thanks, LORD… Just Thanks!
Seanway

 

6 thoughts on “God is Angry

  1. Nice article. Our sin is like mud that we track into the house, but YHWH’s house must be 100% clean!
    The big question to ask ourselves is what is sin?Thankfully the scriptures define it for us. “Sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4).”

    Yahushua had an encounter with a woman who was found guilty of lawlessness – sin. She was caught in the act of adultery. After dismantling an attempet by the religious establishment to catch him breaking the law, the Master said “let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” All of the accusers walked away. Yahushua asked the woman “Where are those that accuse you” “They have all left.” “I don’t condemn you either, from now on sin no more.”

    This woman was found to be in violation of YHWH’s Torah, his instruction for life. She was guilty of lawlessness, which is sin. After he forgave her, he instructed her to “sin no more,” that is to say “don’t break the law anymore.”

    For those of us who have tasted the forgiveness of YHWH, we too must “go and sin no more.” They only way to do that is to learn is law, to put it on our hearts. When Gentile converts came to believe in Messiah, the too were instructed/expected to go and listen to Moses (Acts15:21). Paul taught that “All Scripture (the Hebrew Scriptures) is inspired by the Mighty One and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in right-doing; so that the man of the Mighty One may be perfect, thoroughly equipped for every good work. ”

    Many will do amazing things in the name of the Mighty One, but without the “go and sin no more,” it will mean nothing. Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many [n]miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

    Let us never say that the law of YHWH is gone, but through Yahushua, let us write it on our hearts and love it. The difference between the lambs and the goats will be the keeping of his laws. Revelation 14:12 …’Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of the Mighty One, and the faith of Yahushua.’

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    • Currently, no.. but I’ve done much in that vein. I was raised Roman Catholic and went to primary, secondary, and college in Catholic schools. Did an internship at a church in which I took 15-or-so classes at Moriah online school of ministry, and I have wanted to go to seminary ever since I graduated college in 2005. Each time I pray, the Lord says, “No,” so I wait! 🙂 Have read as many books on theology and God topics as I can get my hands on (along with lots of other subjects too). Most recently, found out that iTunes has courses through a service they call ‘iTunes U’ and have been listening to seminary classes on this. All this along with my regularly scheduled programming of Bible reading, prayer, and fellowship with YHWH on the daily! God has blessed me with many opportunities in Him, for sure 🙂 Why do you ask; any reason in particular?

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