Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 5:7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
Recently, I came across a debate on Facebook on whether God kills or doesn’t. It derives from the teaching that God can not destroy the same people that He sent His Son to save. Some equally believe in the teaching that God has expended all His wrath on Christ and hence, He has no wrath to expend on a believer again.
As good to the human ears as these teachings sound, they are not supported by the word of God. God’s word warns clearly about God’s wrath being provoked by the unrighteousness and disobedience of men.
Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Please understand this: God doesn’t store up wrath in Himself, He is the embodiment of love, indeed He is Love. His wrath is provoked by the actions of men either those who do not know Him or those who know Him but refuse to obey His words.
It is true that God has made Jesus sin for the whole world so that everyone who believes can receive the gift of righteousness. However, that doesn’t mean that God can never be provoked to anger or wrath again.
Paul had to warn the Ephesian church not to allow anyone to deceive them. The truth is that while deception will be rife in the end times, it is your choice to either be deceived or not. God’s word is still there as a sure anchor for our souls and likewise is the Spirit of Truth.
If anyone tells you that sin is dead and there is no sin you can indulge in that can bring the wrath of God upon you, you must flee from him. We are called as believers to perfect holiness in the fear of God and not to be practicing sin as a normal way of life.
Paul warned that whoremongering (sexual promiscuity), uncleanness, covetousness, idolatry etc are some of the gentile practices that exposes men to damnation or the wrath of God, which we as believers must not partake of so that we don’t come under the same judgement, damnation or wrath of God with them.
While it is true that some believers could become excessively sin conscious such that they lose sight of their righteous identity in Christ, the more compelling truth is that giving warnings to people to avoid or flee sins is not the same as preaching sin consciousness. Paul warned believers not to partake in the sins of unbelievers, yet he emphasised righteousness consciousness.
House, if we don’t want to partake of the wrath of God, which is my earnest desire and prayer for everyone of us, then let us receive grace to avoid the things that could provoke or precipitate God’s wrath against us.