October 18, 2020

The Gospel is Wrath

Bible Text: Romans 2:1–3:8 |

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The word “wrath” is not one that is commonly used today. It’s too harsh. No nuance to it. It is negative and even brutal. It is also a bit archaic. A word from a previous age. But it is also a Bible word, and, in that sense, it is timeless, relevant, and important. The Apostle Paul speaks of wrath in Romans 2 and 3. God’s wrath, in fact. It is a concept that proves too difficult for many to understand. Even Christians struggle to comprehend it, choosing to either ignore the fact that it is a necessary conversation when speaking of the plight of humanity and the need of salvation, or choosing to round off the edges of it, making it more palatable for sensitive audiences. Neither is a good plan. Paul speaks of wrath because it explains the purpose of God’s redemptive plan for humanity. If there is no wrath to avoid, there is no need of a Saviour. We’ll look at Romans 2:1-3:8 and see what facing God’s wrath means for us and how to avoid it altogether with repentance, well-doing, attention to the Word, and heartfelt devotion to Christ.

Sermon Notes

The Power of the Gospel (Romans 1–8)
The Gospel is Wrath
Romans 2:1-3:8
Todd Dugard

October 18, 2020

Facing the wrath of God means…

…I cannot presume upon God’s kindness but must repent (2:1-5)

The kind of judging both Jesus and Paul referred to was not a sane appraisal of character based on conduct but a hypocritical and self-righteous condemnation of the other person.
Robert H. Mounce

…I cannot claim an exemption but must engage in well-doing (2:6-11)

…I cannot be hypocritical but must be a doer of the Word (2:12-24)

Every time you crack the Book you’re staring into the face of God.
David Barker

…I cannot be religious but must give my heart to Christ (2:25-3:8)