Faith Baptist Church
Knowing the God of Wrath- Part 2
- The Wrath of God Poured out upon His SonGod’s wrath is a terrible reality for those who live against His rule, yet it is a source of unexpected hope for those who run to Him for refuge.How can God’s wrath being poured out on sin be anything other than terror for us?How can a refuge be provided for the sinner by the living God who hates sin with a perfect hatred?Answer: The cross of Jesus Christ! It is the highest and clearest view we have of God’s weighty majesty: His zeal, justice, mercy, wisdom, immutability, holiness, and wrath.Here is the great unveiling of divine glory. It is the place where the unrepentant sinner’s hopes are dashed to pieces and the Christian’s fears are alleviated.I. The glory of God’s wrath was seen from above the Cross22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.10 But the Lord was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand.How can that be true? Isaiah 53 cannot be saying that God is displeased with the Son.Isaiah 42:1 (ESV)1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights;16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”5 He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.10 But the Lord was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand.Dear Lord, What heavenly wonders dwellIn Thy atoning blood!By this are sinners snatched from hell,And rebels brought to God.—Anne SteeleII. The Glory of God’s Wrath was seen from upon the crossWhat did Jesus think of the wrath of God as He bore it on the cross?2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.First, embracing the wrath of God on the cross was an act of obedience by the Son to the Father.30 “I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me; 31 but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me. Get up, let us go from here.Second, embracing the wrath of God on the cross was an act of astonishing love for His bride, the church.11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.“The wounds of Christ were the greatest outlets of His glory that ever were. The divine glory shone more out of His wounds than out of all His life before.” —Robert Murray M’CheyneIII. The Glory of God’s wrath was seen from beneath the cross21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.What is so glorious about the wrath of God being poured out on His Son for the sinner?1. It removes the offense between God and the rebel, providing reconciliationEphesians 2:12–13 (ESV)12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.Colossians 2:13–14 (ESV)13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.2. It provides a means for a full pardon to be given by the High King to the lowest sinnerHebrews 10:11–14 (ESV)11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet.14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.Romans 8:1–3 (ESV)1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,3. It alters us so deeply when we come to Christ that we are forever distracted from the world and charmed by Jesus Christ14 But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.The wrath of God, viewed in its fiercest and fullest expression at the cross, is a thing of terrible beauty. It is the weight of His majesty.
2 Corinthians 5:21ESV
1 Peter 2:24ESV
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