“I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls; which I have made.” -Isaiah 57:16
Our heavenly Father seeks our instruction, not our destruction. His contention with us has a kind intention toward us. He will not be always in arms against us. We think the Lord is long in His chastisements, but that is because we are short in our patience. His compassion endureth forever, but not His contention. The night may drag its weary length along, but it must in the end give place to cheerful day. As contention is only for a season, so the wrath which leads to it is only for a small moment. The Lord loves His chosen too well to be always angry with them.
If He were to deal with us always as He does sometimes, we should faint outright and go down hopelessly to the gates of death. Courage, dear heart! The Lord will soon end His chiding. Bear up, for the Lord will bear you up and bear you through. He who made you knows how frail you are and how little you can bear. He will handle tenderly that which He has fashioned so delicately. Therefore, be not afraid because of the painful present, for it hastens to a happy future. He that smote you will heal you; His little wrath shall be followed by great mercies.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
Sunday Morning Sermon: A Deeper Look at the Cross | Romans 3:25 | Steve Wainright
“Whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in His divine forbearance He had passed over former sins.” -Romans 3:25
God the Father has set forth Jesus Christ to be a propitiation. Like the mercy seat on the ark of the covenant, Christ protects us from the wrath of God.
-excerpt from Steve Wainright’s Morning Sermon
“I will not execute my burning anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim; for I am God and not a man, the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath.” -Hosea 11:9
The Lord thus makes known His sparing mercies. It may be that the reader is now under heavy displeasure, and everything threatens his speedy doom. Let the text hold him up from despair. The Lord now invites you to consider your ways and confess your sins. If He had been man, He would long ago have cut you off. If He were now to act after the manner of men, it would be a word and a blow and then there would be an end of you: but it is not so, for “as high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are his ways above your ways.”
You rightly judge that He is angry, but He keepeth not His anger forever: if you turn from sin to Jesus, God will turn from wrath. Because God is God, and not man, there is still forgiveness for you, even though you may be steeped up to your throat in iniquity. You have a God to deal with and not a hard man, or even a merely just man. No human being could have patience with you. You would have wearied out an angel, as you have wearied your sorrowing Father; but God is longsuffering. Come and try Him at once. Confess, believe, and turn from your evil way, and you shall be saved.
Sunday Evening | Pastor Steve Wainright | The Boldness of Elijah | 1 Kings 18:1-40
Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The LORD, He is God; the LORD, He is God.” 1 Kings 18:38-39
Only God could do this! The fire came from the top down and it fell upon the sacrifice first–not the sinners! Thank God for His perfect sacrifice for us found in His Son Jesus Christ.
Sunday Morning Sermon Audio: The Word & Mankind | John 1:4
Sunday Evening Sermon Audio: The Boldness of Elijah | 1 Kings 18:1-40
Wednesday Evening Audio: God Always Has a Remnant | Jeremiah 40
Sunday Morning | Pastor Steve Wainright | Galatians 3:15-22 | The Law & The Promise (Audio)
“But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.” -Galatians 3:22
The covenant of the law has a different function from the covenant of the promise. The law shows we are lawbreakers who deserve the wrath of God. The law was given so that we might look to Christ.
*Click here for Sunday Morning Sermon Audio: The Law & The Promise (Galatians 3:15-22)
*Click here for Sunday Evening Sermon Audio: David Reaping What He Sowed (2 Samuel 16:1-23)
“By this we know love, that he laid down His life for us…” -1 John 3:16
This is the Gospel. The just and loving Creator of the universe has looked upon hopelessly sinful people and sent His Son, God in the flesh, to bear His wrath against sin on the cross and to show His power over sin in the Resurrection so that all who trust in Him will be reconciled to God forever. -David Platt in Radical
“For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe…” -Romans 3:20-22
“The cross is the place of exhausted penalty and magnified law. That which covers the sinner entirely and shields him from wrath was finished there. That covering, that propitiatory covering, whose power and virtue are unchangeable throughout all ages, and underneath which we are secure from wrath, was wrought out there. The propitiation of the cross is the substance of the glad tidings which we bring.”
—Horatius Bonar, “The Cross of the Lord Jesus”
(“Story Behind the Song” will hopefully return next Friday. This quote was too good not to share today!)
[HT: Of First Importance]
“For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.” -Romans 4:15
“God has already poured out every drop of his wrath on his Son in your place. You are no longer subject to wrath, because wrath is the result of transgression or sin, and sins can be committed only when there is a law that has been violated. So now, if you’re in Christ, there is no law that you can break that will bring God’s punitive wrath upon you, or, as Paul put it, ‘Where there is no law there is no transgression,’ and hence, so ‘wrath.’ No wrath for you because you’re in Christ, and God has no wrath left for him. No wrath. Not ever.”
– Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, Comforts from the Cross (Wheaton, Ill.; Crossway Books, 2009), 20.
[Read the full quote at Of First Importance]
“But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.) By no means! For then how could God judge the world?” -Romans 3:5-6
“Only when we understand God’s wrath toward sin can we realize that we need to be saved from it. Only when we hear the very bad news that we’re deserving of judgment can we appreciate the very good news that God has provided salvation through His Son.”
[The Cross Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney, pg. 14-15]