Mark 16:15

"Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature"

The Wrath of God

God is a God of love. Many people can quote John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” In his first epistle John speaks further of this great love: “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (I John 4:8-10). Paul also spoke highly of the love of God: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). So no one can truthfully deny the great love of God for us.
However, most folks refuse to also acknowledge the wrath of God. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness” (Rom. 1:18). Later in the same letter, Paul speaks of how the Jews, because of their unbelief, were “broken off” and the Gentiles who were “grafted in” to the vine representing God’s pleasure and place of His blessings. He said, “Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off” (Rom. 11:22).
If you listen to the thoughts and wishes of men today, they seem to think that all will be saved no matter how they live or what they may do. However that just is not so. In Matthew 7:13-14, Jesus Himself warns, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Thus, instead of teaching universal salvation, Jesus shows us that the majority will NOT be saved; the “many” are on the “broad way that leads to destruction”, while only “few there be that find” the “narrow way that leads to life.”
As we examine this further, Jesus describes what will happen at the judgment in the last day. In His picture of the judgment as a shepherd dividing the sheep from the goats, there is quite a different eternity awaiting the two divisions. To those on the left hand, the goats, He said, “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matt. 25:41). But to those on His right, the sheep, He said, “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matt. 25:34). And at the close of the narrative, He states it again, “And these (the goats on the left, PMW) shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal” (Matt. 25:46).
Paul also writes about what will happen to those who have rejected Him when He comes back. In words too plain to be misunderstood, Paul writes, “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power” (II Thess. 1:7-9).
Yes, God is a tremendous God of love. Everything done for us to make salvation possible demonstrates that. But if we “know not God” and if we “obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ,” it will be vengeance in “flaming fire” for eternity.
The choice is yours, “everlasting punishment” or “life eternal.” God’s love or God’s wrath! Our prayer is that you will choose life before it is too late!

Paul M. Wilmoth