Today we are moving on to Romans 1:18 in our journey through the Paul’s letter to Rome. I am planning four sessions in this verse in which we will discuss: wrath, ungodliness, unrighteousness and holding the truth in unrighteousness.
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“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,” Rom. 1:18
Let’s talk about wrath for a bit. What exactly is the wrath of God? Is it like our wrath? Is it shouting and screaming and punching holes in the wall wrath? Is it that out of control seeing red wrath that some of us know so well, the wrath that shoots first and asks questions later?
Maybe a definition of the actual word would be helpful.
Wrath- from the Greek orgē ,
I. anger, the natural disposition, temper, character
II. movement or agitation of the soul, impulse, desire, any violent emotion, but esp. anger
III. anger, wrath, indignation
IV.anger exhibited in punishment, hence used for punishment itself of punishments inflicted by magistrates (definition taken from Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)
Well, so far the wrath of God doesn’t seem all that different from the wrath of people. Let’s look at some of the other Scriptures where the word, orgē, is translated as wrath.
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath G3709 to come? MA. 3:7 John the Baptist
But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, andwrath G3709 upon this people. Luke 21:23 Jesus
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath G3709 of God abideth on him. John 3:36 Jesus
And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? Rev. 6:13-17
From these verses I glean that: the wrath of God is something we definitely want to escape; It is something that causes great distress; That God has made a way for us to escape this wrath which involves judgment; AND while God doesn’t exactly punch holes in the walls, the very heavens themselves are damaged when God reacts in wrath.
What strikes you about the wrath of God from these or other verses in Scripture?