Fear God’s Wrath; Hate All Sin
May 24, 2014
Those who love the Lord do hate evil. (Ps. 97:10) We hate it because God, whose Spirit dwells within us, hates it. Therefore, those who claim to love Jesus need to be showing that they hate evil. Sin is evil and we must, through our conduct, be showing that we hate sin. God abhors it (Pr. 6:16-19 // Heb. 1:9); so must we. God speaks and acts against it; so must we. If we remain silent and inactive toward wickedness, including any in ourselves, we cannot claim to be following the orders of the Commander of God’s Kingdom –He who commands that people cease sinning!
Because sinners (those who rebel against Christ’s commands) refuse to step into and/or remain in His love (John 15:10), they stubbornly keep themselves outside of the love of God –that love which He does have for the whole world (3:16) and has made available for the whole world. (1 John 2:2) By refusing the mercy of God, they also refuse His invitation of love. By willfully keeping themselves separated from God, doing so by being continuing sinners –even while understanding that He has already paid for them (same verse // 1 Tim. 2:6) and is ready and available and desirous to save them (1 Tim. 2:4 // 2 Peter 3:9)– sinning people rebelliously cling to, and thus keep themselves united with, that which God hates, which is sin.
Therefore, because of God’s impartiality, justice, and holiness, and because there is no other pardon, mercy, or love apart from that which He has already abundantly provided in Christ (Heb. 10:26), sinners must reap God’s hate and wrath. (v. 27-31 // Ps. 11:4-7) Because they love sin and falsehoods (Jer. 18:11-15), God will show them His back, not His face (v. 17) and give them destruction. (v. 16,17)
Is this destruction only for those who have never been untied to Christ? It is not. (1 Cor. 3:16,17) In fact, those who have united with Christ and then turn away, incur upon themselves God’s severest anger, enmity, and punishment. (Luke 12:47,48) Knowing the Truth, coming into the Covenant, pledging allegiance to the King, and then turning away –such a thing is disobedience, hypocrisy, rebellion, and treason (v. 38-46 // Heb. 3:6-4:11)– is behavior that insults Christ’s sanctifying name, blood, covenant, Word, and Spirit, and which subjects Him to public disgrace. (Heb. 6:4-6 & 10:29) Though He becomes their Savior and Redeemer, due to their later arrogant rebellion, God turns, becomes their enemy, cuts them off, and throws them into the fire. (Isa. 63:8-10 // Luke 13:5-9 // John 15:2,6 // Rom. 11:20-22 // Ja. 4:4-6) Their end, because they deliberately committed treason, is worse than had they never walked in the Way, the Truth, the Salvation. (2 Peter 2:20,21 & 3:17)
So, let us be humble, faithful, and afraid. (Rom. 11:20) Let us not fear men who can only kill the body, but instead fear God who has all authority to throw sinners, apostates included, into Hell. (v. 21,22 // Luke 12:4,5 // Heb. 10:26-31)