Sermon Quotes: "Ponder His Wrath"
“It was good for me as a boy to hear my preacher-father say with the most earnest expression that I could then imagine, ‘It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment…’ (Hebrews 9:27). It brought a certain weight to my life. And I am so thankful. In order for the gospel to make sense, we must expect and fear the wrath of God. But for the wrath of God to be expected and feared, we must despise sin as an offense against God. But for sin to be despised in this way, we must know and love God as supremely pure and holy and righteous. We need to dwell on the biblical worldview until it displaces the secular air we breathe every day. And one aspect of that worldview is the reality of the wrath of God. It is so little spoken of. But what could be a more weighty and relevant topic? Without knowing it and feeling it as we ought, our seriousness will be superficial and our happiness will be thin. So, for the sake of your authenticity as a Christian, and for the sake of your joy…think on the wrath of God.” John Piper
“The bowls are last in order of presentation of the visions because in them the wrath of God is finished. The bowls complement and round out the portrayal of divine wrath in the seals and trumpets. This means that the bowl judgments do not come chronologically after the series of judgments in chapters 6-14. The bowls go back in time and explain in greater detail the woes through the age culminating in the final judgment.” Greg Beale
“All interpreters recognize that the ‘outpouring’ of each bowl is not a physical action but a symbol of world-devastating judgment that is purposed by God’s sovereign will and executed by his almighty power…As the bowls belong to the symbolic dialect in which John’s visions bring their message, so also the effects of the outpoured bowls are conveyed in symbolic impressions, not photographic reproductions.” Dennis Johnson
“Closely related to God’s holiness is his wrath, his holy reaction to sin. Scripture speaks of the wrath of God in high-intensity language, and it is important to note that a substantial part of the Bible’s storyline turns on God’s wrath. No doubt, God is forbearing and gracious, yet he is also holy and just. Where there is sin, the holy God must confront it and bring it to judgment, especially given the fact that sin is not first against an external order outside of God; it is against God himself.” Stephen Wellum
“The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin…” Exodus 34:6-7
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
“God’s goodness does not mean that he will indefinitely tolerate evil. Those who will not repent of their evil must in the end perish with it. For God to be truly and finally good to his whole creation he must remove whatever spoils and destroys its goodness-ideally by repentance, but if necessary by judgment.” Richard Bauckham
“It is vital that we face the truth concerning his wrath, however unfashionable it may be, and however strong our initial prejudices against it. Otherwise, we shall not understand the gospel of salvation from wrath, nor the propitiatory achievement of the cross, nor the wonder of the redeeming love of God. Nor shall we understand the hand of God in history and God’s present dealings with our own people; nor shall we be able to make head or tail of the book of Revelation.” J.I. Packer
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