God’s Wrath and Our Salvation

In the church I was brought up in they taught that Jesus’ death paid for everyone’s sins except for those who are really bad like murderers etc. and that the wrath of God was taken away from virtually everyone. What does the Bible say?

John 3:36
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

Romans 2:8
but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.

Isn’t this unfair?

Romans 9:22-24
What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory– even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles?

Ephesians 2:3
among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

If we don’t believe God is a God of wrath, it dilutes our thankfulness for the fact that He sent His Son to be a propitiation for us.

1 John 4:10
In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Romans 5:9
Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.

1 Thessalonians 5:9-10
For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him.

2 Responses to “God’s Wrath and Our Salvation”

  1. 1 Lu

    Are we missing something here? Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins is the ONLY sufficiency for our salvation. And when our acceptance of Him occurs (the free will portion – for God is a Gentleman and will force no body), His transformation of us begins, it appears to be binary in some (on/off — before/after) and more gradual in others (Mother Teresa’s moments of doubt in a private journal even as the world acknowledged her as a living Saint) — and Jesus’ sacrifice and our acceptance of Him will dictate our future, I believe, and not where we are/were on the path to Him when called home … and when the Holy Spirit reproves us, telling us we are going down the wrong path, AND we confess/repent then we are freed once again to reorient on the Lord and resume our journey towards Him (on earth as well as heaven) WITHOUT FEAR! For He now has us in His Hand (as He has since we were first saved by making Him Lord) and no power (including the power of our own feeble human sinful natures) can take us from His Hand.
    Am I biblically wrong?

  2. 2 ScriptureZealot

    Hi Lu. I believe the last three passages mentioned address the salvation part.

    Wrath would be only towards those who reject Him.

    Knowing what we are saved from increases our appreciation of being included in the elect and receiving His grace and forgiveness.

    Although we are to be “God fearing” I completely agree that we are to have no fear of punishment regarding judgment when we are saved as John 4:15-18 states.

    I believe we accept the gospel but receive Him. He accepts us, not the other way around.

    I like your explanation of the gospel and salvation.

    Maybe my post wasn’t very clear in what I was trying to say.

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