Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 10, 2010

“the wrath of God abides on him.”

Today’s devotion is John 3:31-36.
 
31  “He who comes from above is above all, he who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth He who comes from heaven is above all. 
                             
 32  “What He has seen and heard, of that He testifies;  and no one receives His testimony.
                                         

 33  “He who has received His testimony has set his seal to this, that God is true.

 34  “For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God;  for He gives the Spirit without measure.

 35  “The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand.

 36  “He who believes in the Son has eternal life;  but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”  John 3:31-36.

As a follow-up to the devotion dated October 6, 2010 titled “Does God love everybody?”, we read the conclusion in today’s Scripture which is also the conclusion of the chapter of John 3:  “but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”  

As I concluded that devotion, “… it is my hope that this devotion will guard against a smug and superficial understanding of John 3:16 and replace it by a reverent fear of the LORD and urgency to believe in Jesus as the only way of salvation.”, the conclusion for this Scripture today should be received by us as a warning to believe and obey Jesus Christ.  God does not love everybody, but rather the wrath of God abides on those who do not believe and obey His Son, Jesus Christ

We should not get lulled into thinking that the day of judgment will not come.

“For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment;  and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;  and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter;  and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds), then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment,”  2 Peter 2:4-9. 

Psalm 2:10-12 provides a fitting conclusion for us all.

“10  Now therefore, O kings, show discernment;
         Take warning, O judges of the earth.
    11  Worship the LORD with reverence
         And rejoice with trembling.
    12  Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
         For His wrath may soon be kindled
         How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!”

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