January 22, 2018

Topic Day|Wrath

God's Wrath Leads to Our Condemnation, But His Son's Love Leads to Our Salvation

Romans 1:18

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God's Wrath on Unrighteousness

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.

In Context:

13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. 15 So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

God's Wrath Leads to Our Condemnation, But His Son's Love Leads to Our Salvation

Bio | Su Goldenberg

Hi, everyone! My name is Su Goldenberg. I am a sinner saved from the wrath of God by His amazing grace. I am truly thankful for James, my husband of 46 years. We have two children and six grandchildren. I pray that all six grandkids will come to know and love God. I don't worry about their parents' salvation because they were saved before my husband and I were saved, and they showed us what surrendering to God looked like when they were teenagers. I love to talk about the Lord and serve Him here by leading a women's Bible study.

Central Truth

Our God is loving, mighty, merciful, and in control! We are the best part of His creation and the apple of His eye! He deserves our deepest love and devotion. But He also should be feared. His wrath is as much a part of Him as His love.  

Devotional | Wrath

I love to spend time with my six grandchildren. And when they are at our house, I have a tremendous responsibility to keep them safe from harm. Children can be impulsive. My youngest grandson had the need...

I love to spend time with my six grandchildren. And when they are at our house, I have a tremendous responsibility to keep them safe from harm. Children can be impulsive. My youngest grandson had the need for speed at age four! Not long after he learned to ride his bike, he tore into the street as fast as he could ride. My reaction was instinctive anger at the thought of him being hit by a car, so I screamed his name and was indeed angry! But my anger was directed at his action, not his person. I love that boy and wanted to keep him away from a dangerous situation. I talked to my grandson about the dangers of riding his bike where cars drive. And although he felt the full force of my anger, he learned that I only wanted to protect him from harm. 

God's desire is the same for us, and He has explained His concerns for us through His Word. God's wrath is holy, righteous, and justified. God created us in His own image and wants only the best for us. We are the object of His affection, and His wrath is directed against that which will destroy us. God sees the evil that harms His creation and can devastate the people He loves. It is not people that God hates. He hates their sin that ruins their lives. Human history reveals horrific, tragic results flowing from man's determination to turn his back on God's truth.

The painful reality is that God's wrath is a terrifying thing. But there is a way to be free from experiencing the wrath of God. That way is through faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus bore the full weight of our transgressions. As He died upon the cross, He was separated from His Father and felt the full brunt of our sins. Christ suffered unimaginable pain, both physically and emotionally. Because of Christ's sacrifice upon the cross, today God's wrath is fully satisfied for those who are Christ followers. We no longer need to live in fear of His wrath.    

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Discussion Questions

1. Do you steer clear of thinking about God's wrath? Do you prefer to focus on your pleasures rather than your sins? What might be the consequence of such thinking?

2. How would you describe your relationship with God? Is it defined by love, hate, or indifference? Or does it even exist? Time is running out. There are no second chances after death! To find out more go to this link: Great Questions-Watermark Dallas.

3. What is your source in deciding what is moral or immoral? Do you prefer television, surfing the Web, social media, or something else?

4. Do you think the Bible is trustworthy, or do you believe parts of it are irrelevant to today's culture?

5. What is the biblical understanding of the wrath of God? See gotquestions.org.

27 Comments available

Tonni Shook 11 months ago

@Daniel “Rusty” Dial First, I want to say thank you for not giving up on this journey. You are asking questions because you are seeking answers. I encourage you to dive into God’s word and find a church body, Watermark, or near you, where you can talk to people in person. I will also be praying for you.

Daniel "Rusty" Dial 11 months ago

@gregjones thank you not jumping right into defensive mode and throwing Bible verses in my face. Yes, that’s all I was stating.

Andi Guevara 11 months ago

My favorite sentence from this devo is “we are the object of His affection.” Growing up all I desired was to be my father’s object of affection. Unfortunately that unmet expectation resulted in seeking that affection in all the wrong ways and places that only brought me more pain. But now I have been redeemed and my relationship with the Father has been restored through Jesus. I now know I am my Father’s object of affection and no longer need to seek for affection elsewhere.

Georgia Littlejohn 11 months ago

TY Su for a great devotional. I read this part over and over “God sees the evil that harms His creation and can devastate the people He loves. It is not people that God hates. He hates their sin that ruins their lives.”. So true. Q3 makes me think about intuition. Personally my intuition is very high and I’d like to think that I listen when something inside guides me from right and wrong, moral and immoral. I will be praying that I follow out of faith instead of hiding because of fear. I have dreams that fear keeps me from. I am learning a lot from this bible study.

Linda Aland 11 months ago

I think that the entire day escaped me, but God’s word always refreshes. So now, at bedtime, I am thinking about why I came to believe the Bible was true and relevant to life today. The Bible was a “book” I had never read. I did not know it was a library of books. I also was unaware that all of its words were inspired by God and completely true. Over time and taking classes, I realized that I could have confidence that every word meant something and was correct. And every word could help me stay on course, give me good examples of what to do and what not to do, comfort me and grow my faith. I am grateful that I learned and that God permitted me to know His son, Jesus.

Bobby Crotty 11 months ago

Daniel “Rusty” Dial, your comment that we have “goodness at our core” is one The Journey team disagrees with. See Jeremiah 17:9 and Romans 3:10-11. Here’s what gotquestions.org says: “The total depravity of man is seen throughout the Bible. Man’s heart is ‘deceitful and desperately wicked’ (Jeremiah 17:9). The Bible also teaches us that man is born dead in transgression and sin (Psalm 51:5, 58:3, Ephesians 2:1-5).” Happy to visit further, but we simply point out that the Bible disputes your continuing assertions that we are not born sinners and that we have goodness at our core. Bobby Crotty The Journey Team

Nicole Nehib 11 months ago

I cannot help but think of His love. It surpasses my understanding! His Grace to send his Son so I may be free from His wrath and where I once was (eph 2:3) makes me grateful, but also convicts. I can always be more loving, and recognizing that I have been saved from His wrath convicts me. I can understand that His wrath comes down on us when we “know better as His people.” Lord, help me to surrender to you and your will for my life! Thanks again for the devotional and my apologies on the two comments… I’m new to JTJ!

Nicole Nehib 11 months ago

Thank you Su for the devotional and fantastic analogy. For me, when I think of God’s wrath (q5)

Michael Scaman 11 months ago

@Daniel, going along with what Hope said all mankind faces condemnation. God demands righteousness from us that was lacking is made up to the verse she quoted where the righteousness is supplied by Christ. We are all needy sinners and tarnished images of God needing to be repainted by the original artist.

Michael Scaman 11 months ago

Psalm 7:11 God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day. 12 If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow;" I like how God set His bow in the clouds after the flood, the bow not pointed toward the earth but in a some sense pointed toward a man in heaven (who took the arrow of wrath for those who would believe in Him)

Lisa Olsen 11 months ago

@Daniel"Rusty"Dial…I wanted to share with you a couple of verses in hopes it would give you a greater understanding that we are indeed sinners and in desperate need for a savior… “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” 1 John 1:8-10 (ESV) Also… “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.” James 2:10 (ESV)

Lisa Olsen 11 months ago


greg jones 11 months ago

@Rusty Dial. Born into the sin of the world, rather than the sin of the world placed within us at birth is what I hear you saying.

greg jones 11 months ago

Two thoughts this morning, #1-“the painfull reality is that Gos’s wrath is a terrible thing”. For me it’s sins wrath that is the terrible reality. We experience sin’s wrath in this life, generally speaking, the wrath of sin others have embraced. I’m sure of others, they generally experience the wrath of the sins I have embraced. Second thought-“Human history reveals horrific tragic results flowing from man’s determination to turn his back on God’s truth”. Again, for me, sin is determined to produce horrific tragic results upon human history. Man’s determination to embrace love the Lord your God and love your neighbor as yourself reveals God in what is otherwise human history.

Hope Harris 11 months ago

GM Su and JTJ peeps. The wrath of God is a response to human sin. when we read Romans five we will see that for those who believe in Jesus they will not suffer God’s wrath. So thankful for that

Hope Harris 11 months ago

@Daniel"Rusty"Dial, “23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23 as we read through Romans we see sin seperates us from God. I want to encourage you to take Bobby Crotty up on his offer to have a deeper conversation on this issue

Ted Mattos 11 months ago

Great devotional. Thank you, Su!

Jennifer Borgne 11 months ago

Great word today Su!

Daniel "Rusty" Dial 11 months ago

Su, why the self condemnation and labelling yourself a sinner? Seems like a negative outlook on life? We were created in the image of God and our goodness at our cores. Do we live in a world of sin? Sure. But does God want us I’d drifting in that or the goodness of the world. We’re all short of perfect and sin but why the negative labeling?

Sharhonda Conner 11 months ago

Q1 is good to reflect on in understanding more of God’s character. It’s easy to think about the pleasant parts; His love, mercy, blessings, grace, etc. But it is sobering to think about His wrath and how we are saved from it by Christ. It is sobering to think we were in need of saving just as much as “the vile unbeliever”. But it’s also refreshing to think of His wrath and have a renewed sense of gratitude for His grace.

Trey Collins 11 months ago

God hates sin not the sinner. This is a key takeaway we need to preach to ourselves as well as the world. Let’s hate sin, and start with our own lives. Praying for you this morning Su!

Patricia Simmons 11 months ago

As a grandmother I loved your analogy of being angry with your grandson because you desire to protect him from harm. That’s such a perfect way to explain God’s wrath toward us. I’ve also heard it described as hating the sin but not the sinner. Thanks again for your insight and wisdom.

Michael Scaman 11 months ago

A burning wrath revealed from heaven, suppressed by man and against all nonconformity to God’s holiness, not just big ones. The english word crisis sounds like the greek word for judgement and that seems fitting. Facing a judgement without mercy would indeed be a crisis.

Michael Scaman 11 months ago

The wrath of God is (present tense) ‘now made known’. Things revealed so far: God’s righteousness in the gospel, God’s power and majesty in creation, God’s decrees wishing ourselves and our consciences. And here his wrath is now revealed. God loves his holiness and his wrath protects what he loves.

Sue Bohlin 11 months ago

Beloved Su, absolutely outstanding devo on God’s wrath! I loved how you showed the connection between His wrath and His love, and how you pointed out that His wrath is directed against anything that threatens to destroy us, the people He loves. The word picture of you as a screaming grandma NAILS it! I can’t think about wrath without also thinking about that strong sense of justice that responds to sin and evil with, “Somebody’s got to pay for this!” Then the image of innocent Jesus hanging on the cross, absorbing all our sin and evil into Himself, allowing His Father’s righteous wrath to be channeled into a single “container” of humanity’s evil. And then His final words, “Paid in full,” for those who trust in Him. Otherwise, there’s another unleashing of wrath to come in Revelation. I choose Jesus!

Lindsey Driscoll 11 months ago

Su, great question #4. With the preschoolers we sing the song “everything the Bible says is absolutely true.” God’s truth is constant and eternal, which makes the entire bible true and relevant to this day. Thinking about God’s wrath being revealed reminds me of the Glory and perfection of God, Yahweh. He is Holy, He shows us what is godlessness and can have no part in in. In comparison to other world religions, our God is so great there is nothing man could do on our own to ever be worthy to be near him. Thank you Lord that your wrath was satisfied through Christ!

Hugh Stephenson 11 months ago

Wrath for a wretch. Convicted. Terrified. This first chapter of Romans is hard for me as it’s so convicting. As with the prior two verses, this one starts with “For” – so the link is logical and direct. First, Paul shows me the perfection and purity of God and how I am reconciled to Him. Then, in this verse he shows me the certainty of judgement. Like so many others, I like the lamb. The lion? Not so much. One of the most painful parts of my conviction is that I “suppress the truth”. I do this not only by my unrighteous words and actions but by my failure to speak and act righteously. Double conviction.

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