“His settled opposition to all that is evil, arising out of His very nature… His nature is such that He abhors evil, He hates evil. His holiness of necessity leads to that.”D Martyn Lloyd-Jones
God’s wrath. That is the topic expressed in the quote above. God is angry because of evil. He hates evil because He is holy.
Is mankind holy? The only way to know for sure is to see if we posses the qualities of God.
Do we hate evil?
No. “They are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.” Romans 1:29b-32
Do we create moral law?
No, God did. “There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy.” James 4:12a
Do we have perfect love?
No, Our love must be made perfect. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18
Are we evil, or are we perfect?
This question might seem harsh, but, according to the Bible, it is fair. “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.” Matthew 12:30
Have you ever disobeyed God’s law?
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40
It would be easy to say, “I generally love others, and of course I love God!” According to God’s Word, “generally” isn’t enough. “Always” is the only one that will do.
“For whoever keeps the whole law, and yet stumbles in one point, he is guilty of all.” James 2:10
In short, supposing you only did one thing wrong in your entire life, you would still be declared guilty before the Judgment Seat of Christ. But we all know that we sin (disobey God) everyday. In fact, until everything we do, say, and think is done for the sake of Christ, we are in a continual cycle of sin.
Stuck in unholiness. Stuck in irreverence to God.
Or are we? Is there hope? Can we ever attain to holiness?
“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.” Ephesians 2:1-3
Ready for this?
And we’ll pick back up here next week to find out how we can attain to holiness. I hope you’ll join us!