God has wrath and it’s directed at me? I read this again today in John 3:36. Just a couple of dozen verses after one, if not the most quoted verse in the bible. A verse that stands as a testament – the testament – regarding the enormity of God’s love for me.
A foundation for understanding God’s grace.
Then, 20 verses later… A reminder that turning down His Grace subjects me to His wrath.
Ultimate Grace from a God who is love.
Angry wrath from that same god.
Both together. At the same time.
How is that possible?
Perhaps I’m misunderstanding His wrath. Maybe His wrath isn’t a judgement that I receive for sinning and failing. Maybe it’s the life I already live.
When I fear incurring God’s wrath I have to start from a position of having done something sinful. But all of my life is sinful. I’m bound by my sin. That’s why I need His Grace.
When John speaks of incurring God’s wrath he does by framing it through the absence of Grace. If I reject Christ and God’s grace I’m left to live in this world as it is. Hateful, violent, selfish… A worldly life, experiencing wrath.
However, when I accept His love and Grace, entering into loving relationship with him I’m able to transcend the wrath of the world.
I have more pondering to do.