"My heart I give Thee, Lord, eagerly and earnestly." - John Calvin
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Godly Wrath and the Vengeance of God
"Pour out Your wrath on the nations that know You not, and on the peoples that call not on Your name, for they have devoured Jacob; they have devoured him and consumed him, and have laid waste his habitation."
- Jeremiah 10:25
I have already demonstrated from Psalm 139:21 that the syrupy, sentimental Christians who teach that we should "love everyone" are not advocating what the Bible actually teaches. The verse from Jeremiah matches David in 139:19, "Oh that You would slay the wicked, O God!" And ponder the cries of the saints who had been slain in Revelation 6:10, "They cried out with a loud voice, 'O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before You will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?'"
In Romans 12:19, Paul wisely advises us, "Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, 'Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.'" We are not to seek vengeance by our own hand. Rather, we are to plead for the justice of God on His enemies, who must be our enemies, as well. And God promises to answer that prayer, as He has done once already in the destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD. He promises to destroy the great Whore, Revelation 18:20, "Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you saints and apostles and prophets, for God has given judgment for you against her!" She was tried, found guilty and punished, in part, according to 8:24, "[For] in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all who have been slain on earth."
What comfort to know, when unbelievers and hypocrites persecute us, and even kill us in some places, that they are building up the wrath of God on our behalf, and great shall be their destruction.
My name is Chris Cole. I have lived in the Charlotte, NC, area for over thirty years, and have been an active Presbyterian during most of that time. I love the Westminster Confession of Faith as a beautiful expression of my own personal beliefs.
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I prefer the English Standard Version of the Bible, and all quotations are from the ESV, unless otherwise stated.
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"Seeing [that] the Lord of lords, the Lord Jesus, is so ready (never was there king so ready to hear a subject as Jesus is), [even] if thou wert the vilest body that goes, a thief, a harlot, etc., yet if thou wilt say this, 'Lord, remember on me, and give me a part of thy kingdom'; - if thou prayest to him from a penitent heart, with confidence and assurance, I promise unto thee, heaven and earth shall go [fall] together ere thou wantest [lack] thine asking. Seeing [that] our Lord Jesus is so liberal [free-giving], then seek more than enough, more than a kingdom, and thou shalt get more. The only cause why we want [lack] is in us: we have no hearts to seek it." - Rev. Robert Rollock, Scottish Presbyterian minister, about 1590, in a commentary on Luke 23:42-43