Dead Serious

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Key Bible Verse: Yet when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned along with the world. (1 Corinthians 11:32)

Dig Deeper: 

If you study the way God interacts with people in the Bible who sinned, you can make a case that there are three basic ways God expresses his wrath.

First, God’s wrath is expressed by allowing natural consequences to come your way. If that is enough to get your attention, that is as far as God’s wrath will go on the matter.

Second, if the natural consequences of a sin were not enough to get you to repent, God will bring some form of painful discipline into your life to motivate you to get your act together (Hebrews 12:6).

Finally, the wrath of God can ultimately take the form of what’s called “a sin that leads to death” (1 John 5:16). Some theologians interpret it as applying to non-believers. Others interpret it as referring to believers who unrepentantly sin in such a grievous way that God takes their life (as he did with Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-11). I believe it is saying both. This ultimate expression of the wrath of God is not meant to freak us out or cause us to constantly worry that God is going to take our lives. But it is meant to convey how much God hates sin and that when we unrepentantly do the most grievous sins, he is going to have the strongest reaction of all.

– Chris Thurman in The Lies We Believe About God

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