WEDNESDAY, MAY 8
Scripture: Romans 1:18-20
Romans 1:18-20 says, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,…” It is obvious from Romans 1 that wrath is an issue in the New Testament and that it is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness in men by God’s actions in judgment against their sin. Perhaps he is talking about the flood. It is very obvious that wrath is still an issue in the New Testament, otherwise we could scratch Romans 1. But not only does it say wrath is an issue, Paul goes on to say there are seven successive steps to implementation. That sounds like wrath is very much an issue in the New Testament. And while Jesus saved us from it, we have something to do in that process which is very important. If wrath is not an issue in the New Testament, then why does the Holy Spirit outline seven straight steps in the slide to the judgment of God in action? Wrath is very much an issue in the New Testament and there is no getting away from it. Romans 1:18-20 says we are utterly and forever without excuse. God’s wrath is revealed and if we want to avoid it, then avoid these seven attitudes and actions. Wrath is an issue. Even though Jesus took a measure of it on Himself, for our salvation, it is still a judicial issue when we knowingly, repeatedly choose sin. Receive the Savior and His blood, which saves us from the wrath to come. Our prayers should shape the “path of wrath” when it manifests. Moses’ prayers shaped the “path of wrath” right up to Korah, Dathan and Abiram’s front door. Since God is no respecter of persons, covenant should provide the same opportunity.