Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 16, 2017

“Christ died for us. … we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.”

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 5.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+5&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

Thus says the Lord God, ‘This is Jerusalem;  I have set her at the center of the nations, with lands around her.  But she has rebelled against My ordinances more wickedly than the nations and against My statutes more than the lands which surround her;  for they have rejected My ordinances and have not walked in My statutes.’  Therefore, thus says the Lord God, ‘Because you have more turmoil than the nations which surround you and have not walked in My statutes, nor observed My ordinances, nor observed the ordinances of the nations which surround you,’ therefore, thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, I, even I, am against you, and I will execute judgments among you in the sight of the nations.  And because of all your abominations, I will do among you what I have not done, and the like of which I will never do again.  Therefore, fathers will eat their sons among you, and sons will eat their fathers;  for I will execute judgments on you and scatter all your remnant to every wind.  So as I live,’ declares the Lord God, ‘surely, because you have defiled My sanctuary with all your detestable idols and with all your abominations, therefore I will also withdraw, and My eye will have no pity and I will not spare.  One third of you will die by plague or be consumed by famine among you, one third will fall by the sword around you, and one third I will scatter to every wind, and I will unsheathe a sword behind them.

‘Thus My anger will be spent and I will satisfy My wrath on them, and I will be appeased;  then they will know that I, the Lord, have spoken in My zeal when I have spent My wrath upon them.  Moreover, I will make you a desolation and a reproach among the nations which surround you, in the sight of all who pass by.  So it will be a reproach, a reviling, a warning and an object of horror to the nations who surround you when I execute judgments against you in anger, wrath and raging rebukes. I, the Lord, have spoken.  When I send against them the deadly arrows of famine which were for the destruction of those whom I will send to destroy you, then I will also intensify the famine upon you and break the staff of bread.  Moreover, I will send on you famine and wild beasts, and they will bereave you of children;  plague and bloodshed also will pass through you, and I will bring the sword on you. I, the Lord, have spoken.’”  Ezekiel 5:5-17.

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If Jerusalem (the city in which the temple of God was located and the center of worship) could experience such wrath of God, then all the more, other peoples could experience such wrath of God and should be warned and fear God. 

And yet, other doctrine leads its disciples to believe that they can somehow appease the wrath of God by their own will, wisdom, or works.

But, Reformed Doctrine teaches the “Total Depravity” of man (that is man is dead in sin, hostile to God, and enslaved to sin and Satan), and that the only hope for man is that God elected some for salvation and that Christ died for those elect to appease the wrath of God.   

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.  For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.  And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”  Romans 5:8-11.

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