For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness.
These two opposite actions of God are present today. God is actively revealing His righteousness to those who are placing their faith in Christ. Also God is actively revealing His wrath against unrighteousness. Both are active. Both are present today. Both depend on where we stand in our hearts toward God.
In the NIV version both the righteousness and the wrath of God are BEING (active) REVEALED (God is one preforming this action). I plan on tackling both the righteousness and wrath in separate blogs but I wanted to first show both are at work today. And it is God’s doing.
One sided worship songs
One of my issues of worship songs today is they are mostly one sided. They land on the righteousness and love of God toward us. Although this is true, many songs imply no matter our choices in life or no matter how far from God we run, He is chasing us and picks us up in His safe arms and smiles. Where are the songs about worshiping His Holiness. Songs like “All to Jesus I surrender”. Songs about the hopelessness of man without a savior. Where are the songs about us following God and us running after Him? We need both types of songs.
Righteousness or wrath is our choice
God today is both revealing to us His righteousness. But God is also revealing His wrath against all unrighteousness. The reception of either is in our hands. God is not only love or a Santa Claus type person seeking only our joy. He is the Holy Almighty Unblemished Pure God that has provided a way for us to come out from under His wrath into His righteousness by our faith in His Son who died for this very reason. This hope puts lightnside my heart.