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Wrath Revealed from Heaven

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;” Romans 1:18

PCC News IconThe wrath of God is revealed, disclosed, or unveiled. It is active and continuous. You could say that the wrath of God is being continuously revealed from heaven. This disclosure of God’s wrath is a supernatural revelation because it is from heaven.

It is revealed against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. Now some may want to break this down into those sins against God (ungodliness) and sins against other men (unrighteousness); and although that may be included in a general category of all sins, I don’t believe that is what the text is saying here. As I understand the Greek construction of the sentence, it seems to suggest that this revelation truth, supernaturally and heavenly revealed by the Spirit of God, hovering over the waters and brooding upon the face of the deep, has revealed the wrath of God against all ungodliness of men and against all unrighteousness of men; you see, “…against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men” is an inclusive phrase, suggesting that these are both characteristics of sinful men, and that their sinful character opposes God. They are ungodly; that is, they are wicked and irreverent toward a holy God. They are also unrighteous; that is, since they are unjustified before God without the intervention of God to justify them (as this is revealed actually in Romans 1:17 that “the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith could be read: “For the justice-ness of God is revealed from faith to faith”). Therefore, we can say that God’s wrath is a heavenly revelation against all irreverent wickedness of men toward a holy God and against all men who are without justice-ness, who do not stand justified before a holy God, who stand wrongfully before Him because of sin.

These ungodly, unjustified men, who do not revere God’s justice, are also men “who hold the truth in unrighteousness.” They suppress the truth. They strain to press down upon truth as if to keep it from escaping from a box or can; and they do so in unrighteousness; that is, they do so wrongfully, without justice, and without justification.

The apostle doesn’t merely leave us with the truth that the wrath of God is supernaturally revealed from heaven; it tells us how it is revealed in the next two verses of Scripture, which we hope to look at next time, Lord willing.

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The Wrath of Pride

And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath.” —Luke 4:28

Human nature, how low fallen in misery and wretchedness! yet how high doth it rise in pride! Though the meek Lamb of God is the preacher of sovereign grace and distinguishing love, yet the wrath of man dares to exalt itself against his doctrine. Fury burst forth like fire, vengeance and resentment break the bounds of the law of God and man, and would have instantly put Jesus to death.

Pride is the firstborn of Lucifer: “Ye shall be as gods,” hath tainted our whole nature with the cursed leaven, and will be the last enemy that is destroyed in us. Out of the abundance of pride in the heart, the mouth is opened against God’s sovereign grace, discriminating love, and divine dispensations. “Be still, and know that I am God,” is a lesson the proud nature of man is averse to. “I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy” (Exodus 33:19); —though spoke from the mouth of the Lord, yet the hearts of sinners rise in wrath against it: they look with an evil eye upon the good pleasure of the Lord; and dare challenge and call in question his truths, and his dealings with the children of men.

Disciple, this day, a real likeness, a true picture of thy proud nature is presented to thy view. Behold thyself in thy proud brethren. See thy natural aversion to the sovereignty of God’s truths, and thy Saviour’s doctrines. All these worshipping Jews, priests as well as people, conceived wrath even in God’s against Jesus, a man who told them the truth. The histories of the Sareptan widow and Naaman the Assyrian, they were well acquainted with, but could not bear the doctrine of them. Good Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart (2 Chronicles 32:26); —do we not feel the stirrings of it also? O what cause, what daily cause for his practice. Stout words proceed from unhumbled hearts. When our voices are heard on high against God’s sovereign determinations, it is a sad proof that our hearts are not laid low with a sight and sense of being guilty before God. Those who challenge God’s purposes, have some plea founded upon their own imaginary goodness. “Be clothed with humility; for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble(1 Peter 5:5).

Shall man reply against the Lord, And call his Maker’s ways unjust? The thunder of his dreadful word Can crush a thousand worlds to dust.

But, O my soul, if truth so bright Should dazzle and confound thy sight, Yet still his written will obey, And wait the great decisive day.

William Mason (1719-1791) A Spiritual Treasury for the Children of God Morning Meditations January 17

   
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