Last week we took a look at the wrath of God revealed from heaven against sin; & that the bad news is what makes the good news, GOOD NEWS! The central point of the gospel is the Cross of Jesus Christ, where God pours out His holy wrath upon His Son as a propitiation for sin. If you remove that, you DOâ€¦ NOTâ€¦ HAVEâ€¦ THEâ€¦ GOSPELâ€¦ PERIOD.
This week, we're going to take a close look at sin. When we speak of the wrath of God, His holy & just anger against sin, we're not talking about some cosmic grump or supreme meaning. God is a good & holy God; & there's a reason for His righteous anger: SIN. To dismiss the sin of mankind or to casually brush over sin as if it were nothing, is IN ITSELF, sin against the holiness of God. Men who smugly defend their compromised preaching in pulpits across America with statements like: â€śOur messages are upbeat & positive because you can attract more flies w/honey than you can w/vinegarâ€¦â€ť are going to have to answer to a holy God for every one of their idle words.
To be the good news that the Gospel is, God's wrath is revealed against sin, & man's sin is exposed in all its wickedness against a holy God. Thru the preaching of the Word of God, the Holy Spirit convicts the soul of sin, justice-ness, and judgment (God's wrath), & by God's grace, a sinner is effectually called unto salvation because of God's declaration of justice in having faith in God's only Son, Jesus Christ, who suffered the fury of God's holy wrath for sin.
Jon Cardwell was saved by Godâ€™s grace on June 3, 1985 while serving in the military as a deep sea diver in the U.S. Navy. The call to ministry came 8 years later when he was invited to serve the Lord in the Philippine mission field. Jonâ€™s entry into pastoral ministry came...