The Wrath of God (excerpt) by AW Pink

Posted: March 13, 2014 by revivalbiblestudy315 in Quotes, Hymns, & Poems
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The wrath of God is a perfection of the Divine character upon which we need to frequently meditate. First, that our hearts may be duly impressed by God’s detestation of sin. We are ever prone to regard sin lightly, to gloss over its hideousness, to make excuses for it. But the more we study and ponder God’s abhorrence of sin and His frightful vengeance upon it, the more likely are we to realize its heinousness. Secondly, to beget a true fear in our souls for God: ‘Let us have grace whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: for our God is a consuming fire’ (Heb 12:28-29). We cannot serve him ‘acceptably’ unless there is due ‘reverence’ for His awful Majesty and ‘godly fear’ of His righteous anger; and these are best promoted by frequently calling to mind that ‘our God is a consuming fire.’ Thirdly, to draw out our souls in fervent praise for our having been delivered from ‘the wrath to come’ ( 1 Thess 1: 10)….
But think not, sinners, that you shall escape thus; God’s mill goes slow, but grinds small, the more admirable His patience and bounty now is, the more dreadful and unsupportable will that fury be which ariseth out of His abused goodness. Nothing smoother than the sea, yet when stirred into a tempest, nothing rageth more. Nothing so sweet as the patience and goodness of God, and nothing so terrible as His wrath when it takes fire (William Gurnall,1660).
Then ‘flee,’ my reader, flee to Christ; ‘flee from the wrath to come’ (Matt 3:7) ere it be too late. Do not, we earnestly beseech you, suppose that this message is intended for somebody else. It is to you! Do not be contented by thinking you have already fled to Christ. Make certain! Beg the Lord to search your heart and show you yourself….

A Word to Preachers-Brethren, do we in our oral ministry, preach on this solemn subject as much as we ought? The Old Testament prophets frequently told their hearers that their wicked lives provoked the Holy One of Israel, and that they were treasuring up to themselves wrath against the day of wrath. And conditions in the world are no better now than they were then! Nothing is so calculated to arouse the careless and cause carnal professors to search their hearts, as to enlarge upon the fact that ‘God is angry with the wicked every day’ (Psa 7:11). The forerunner of Christ warned his hearers to ‘flee from the wrath to come’ (Matt 3:7). The Savior bade His auditors, ‘Fear Him, which after He hath killed, hath power to cast into Hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear Him’ (Luke 12:5). The Apostle Paul said, ‘Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men’ (2 Cor 5:11). Faithfulness demands that we speak as plainly about Hell as about Heaven.

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