God’s Wrath


God’s anger or wrath… 

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness…— Romans 1:18 

Because God is altogether good He hates sin. Because He is altogether righteous He can only respond to that which offends Him righteously. God’s wrath is His righteous response to sin.

Whereas rage is out of control, petty, vindictive, and sometimes senseless God’s wrath is righteously under control and righteously administered.

J.I. Packer: “God’s wrath is not the capricious, arbitrary, bad-tempered, and conceited anger that pagans attribute to their gods. It is not the sinful, resentful, malicious, infantile anger that we find among humans. It is a function of that holiness which is expressed in the demands of God’s moral law… it is a righteous anger.”

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