Flee from the wrath to come!
Whose wrath? In the beginning God made the world and all that lives in it very good, but since the fall of man, when the first people, called Adam and Eve, who inhabited earth sinned, (disobeyed and distrusted God), God gave the world and humans over to futility, death, and corruption (Genesis 3). The world is not as it should be. There is a lot of evil things happening on this earth and they are all a result of sin. Our forefather Adam was our representative. Through Adam we all are born with a sinful nature, a nature that is hostile towards the things of God. We gravitate towards evil continually. Like a moth to flame, we are drawn to self-preservation, self-seeking, and self-gratification all the time. We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). We are dead in our trespasses and sins and are called sons of wrath. God’s righteous wrath abides on all of humankind because of our sin and rebellion and the thousands of times we rejected God in our lives. If God was to judge us and condemn us to hell (the place where his wrath abides) he would be perfectly just. None of us deserve to be saved, or to be helped. We have all turned aside, each one to his own way (Isaiah 53).
What is the wrath like? The wrath of God that He has appointed for lawbreakers and sinners, is His deserved punishment on sinners. Because God is eternal (He has no beginning nor end), his attribute of anger or displeasure is also eternal. So, God’s wrath is his eternal displeasure on sinners, and the expression of his just sentence on sinful people. His wrath has already been revealed on the wickedness of man in which he gives idolaters over to their sinful passions, to commit what is evil (See Romans 1:18-30). But although God’s wrath has already been revealed, more is to come and more will abide on the sinner once he/she dies. It is appointed for man to die once and then the judgement (Hebrews 9:27). The Bible, when speaking about the wrath to be revealed and the final judgment to come, speaks about eternal fire, a place where the worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched (See Mark 9:41-49; Matthew
5:28-32). God has appointed a place of suffering, called hell, where God’s grace and mercy will be completely taken away from sinners. It is a place where God, in all his fury, will unleash his wrath for all eternity on those who disobey and disbelieve in Him. It is a place of no escape where all humans will go who refuse to turn to Jesus Christ.
How shall we escape the wrath of God? But 2000 years ago, God, because He is rich in mercy and because of his love for us, sent Jesus Christ to Israel. He was born of a virgin, miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit, and then lived a perfect life on behalf of sinners. He came to represent humanity. Because He was God, he was able to never sin. He had a true human nature, but also a divine nature. He was anointed and baptized by the Holy Spirit at the Jordan river, from where he performed many mighty miracles: healing the sick, casting out demons, raising the dead and doing many acts of mercy. He preached that all must repent and believe the gospel. Jesus came to this world, to live a life of perfect righteousness and to give his life as a sacrifice. God, the Father, sent Him to die in the place of sinners, like you and I, to be a substitute for sinners. We had to die for our sins and bear God’s just wrath and judgment, but Christ came to die in our place to pay for our sins by his own blood, bear our punishment, the eternal wrath of God, in our place, so we can be forgiven of our sins and be justified by Christ’s righteousness. Jesus went to the cross 2000 years ago to pay for the sins of His people and then rose from the dead. In this way, God’s justice was satisfied, and his wrath set aside. Jesus conquered our greatest enemies, sin and death, and now offers forgiveness of sins and eternal life to all who would repent of their sins (idolatries, lies, theft, sexual immorality, hatred, blasphemy, coveting, etc.) and trust in Jesus Christ, who is the only Savior of the world. How do we escape and flee from the wrath and judgment to come? Flee to Jesus Christ for refuge! Come to Jesus Christ today, cast yourself on Christ in faith and you will be reconciled to God. Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart (Hebrews 3;7,8).
Believe in Christ and you will be saved!