I explained in Part 1 of this series that the majority of verses in the Bible that use the words “anger” and “wrath” refer to God’s anger and wrath. We may ask, “Why does the Bible have so many scriptures on God’s anger and wrath?” Well, the answer is that God’s anger and wrath are always against human sin. Since our tendency is to sin and sin often, God is moved to anger often. So how does God handle it? What does God do when He is angry?
There are basically two ways that God’s anger is displayed. First, God’s anger is seen through the action of vengeance. Throughout the Bible, there are several examples of God’s wrath displayed through vengeance. Here are two examples:
- The first one is from Genesis. “Then the LORD rained down fire and burning sulfur from the heavens on Sodom and Gomorrah.” (Genesis 19:24 NLT) Because of the evil and sin that existed in Sodom and Gomorrah, God made a righteous judgment to destroy those towns. He did it with fire and burning sulfur.
- A second example is from Revelation. “Anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15 NLT) This specific act of God’s vengeance is the last one mentioned in the Bible. It refers to the final judgment of God. This lake of fire is the literal Hell, the final destiny of all who reject Jesus, and the final destiny of Satan and his demons.
These are two examples of God’s anger being displayed as vengeance. However, the Bible explains to us that God’s vengeance is only for specific people.
- God’s vengeance is for people who disobey Him. Ephesians 5:6 (NLT) states, “Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the terrible anger of God comes upon all those who disobey him.”
- God’s vengeance is for people who refuse to repent. Romans 2:5 (NIV) states, “But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.”
- God’s vengeance is for people who reject Jesus. John 3:36 (NIV) states, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”
Make no mistake about it; God is serious about His vengeance. Our sin brings about the great vengeance of God. However, vengeance is not the only way God’s anger is displayed. There is another way that God displays His anger and wrath, and it is SALVATION through JESUS! Romans 3:25 (NLT) teaches us this great truth: “For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God’s anger against us. We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed his blood, sacrificing his life for us.” Did you read that carefully? Jesus came to satisfy God’s anger against us. WOW! That is a relief. Jesus took our place, our punishment, and our penalty for sin against God. 1 Thessalonians 5:9 (NLT) states, “For God decided to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us.” Again, we see the idea repeated. God sent Jesus to save us rather than pour out His vengeance on us.
So if God’s vengeance is for those people who disobey him, refuse to repent, and reject Jesus, then who is His salvation for? God’s salvation through Jesus is for those who believe in Jesus. Two of the verses used above teach us this truth. John 3:36 (NIV) states, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” The person who believes in Jesus will receive salvation in Jesus and escape God’s wrath. And Romans 3:25 (NLT) says, “For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God’s anger against us. We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed his blood, sacrificing his life for us.” When we believe that Jesus sacrificed His life for us, we are made right with God.
God handles His anger through vengeance and salvation. His vengeance is for those who reject Jesus, and His salvation is for those who believe in Jesus. If you had a choice, which action of God’s anger would you choose: vengeance or salvation? Well, you do have a choice. The choice is to reject Jesus or believe in Jesus. If you have never believed in Jesus as God’s Son, the one sent as a sacrifice for your sin against God, then I give you that opportunity right now. Repent of your sin. Believe in Jesus. He died for you. God loves you and wants to save you from His vengeance. So believe in Jesus. Then you can participate in God’s salvation.
Next week, we will look at part 4, How To Handle My Anger.