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.
Notice the tense of the verse. Is being revealed. Present tense. If I read this right the today there is wrath from God being revealed upon people. This is certainly a different picture of God than we normally hear and is a little disturbing.
Wrath of God?
Some questions: Why does God have wrath? What is God’s Wrath? How is it displayed?
Why and What: The character of God is holiness. He is pure without blemish of any wrong doing. God established rule in eternity and any resistance to that rule He must deal with. Satan himself was at one time one of the high angels and then pride entered into him and he tried to raise himself to God’s level. God’s wrath kicked Satan out of his position and the angels that followed Satan out of heaven. (Isaiah 14:12-15, Luke 10:18) God’s holiness demanded His wrath and action to re-establish the Holiness and Purity of heaven.
How is it displayed?
Before Adam and Eve sinned there was perfection in the garden of Eden. Then the sin caused from temptation of Satan to Eve and Adam’s lack of following God’s law. God’s wrath effected Adam and Eve, Satan, and even the world (Genesis 3). Adam and Eve had to leave the perfect garden into a world that no longer was perfect. Satan was also cursed to crawl and be feared over all animals. The world was cursed because of sin and will never be perfected again until after Revelation (Rev 21:1). We all live under the wrath of God because we all are born into sin. The earth’s weather, earthquakes and other global issues of nature are part of God’s wrath. We are born enemies of God from birth because of Adam and Eve’s rebellion. This sin has placed in us a rebellion toward God and birthed all kinds of evil, violence, disease, addictions, fear, depression and death. Satan is very active in keeping mankind away from God to remain under this curse.
Much of God’s wrath is simply allowing the results of sinful decisions bring disease, destruction, and perversions to exist. There are times when God adds to His original wrath with additional judgments as He sees necessary.
Is God mad at everybody?
OK, But I thought God desired to have everybody in heaven. He does. 2 Peter 3:9
I thought God would provide a way to be blessed and happy. He did. John 3:16-17
THEN WHY DOES GOD’S WRATH REMAIN? People suppress the truth of God even though God’s nature is everywhere in creation. (Romans 1:19-24, John 3:36)
Is there a way out of God’s wrath? YES. (Romans 1:17, Colossians 3:13-21, Psalms 23)
While we live in a broken world. We can also live in peace under God Righteousness that is being revealed through a daily walk of faith in Christ. The choice is our’s to make. If you want lightnside even through difficult times, believe in Christ.