Wrath can properly be referred to as anger, fury, or rage. The title of this article is stating that God was furious about something, but now not anymore, because something has changed. What was He furious about? We can sum up the reason in one word—sin, which is defined as lawlessness in 1 John 3:4. By the way, all mankind is guilty of sin (see Romans 3:23). If we are still a bunch of sinners, why is He no longer furious? Usually, going from a furious to a non-furious state is an indication that either the source of irritation or whatever brought on the fury has been removed or dealt with in some way, like punishment.
God is holy. He hates sin! Yet God loves the sinner, and the only way He can establish a loving, ongoing relationship with the sinner is to separate the sinner from his or her sins. In order to accomplish that, He put into motion plans He had before the foundation of the world. God came to earth in the person of His Son Jesus, lived among us, and died in our place. So Jesus, who was sinless, was punished on our behalf. His blood washed away our sins, and therefore, God’s wrath was satisfied. The condition for restoration of fellowship with us was met. Hallelujah!
Although God’s wrath is satisfied, it is not an automatic cover for everyone. Each individual must want forgiveness and ask for it. After all, not everyone will admit to being a sinner or to having done anything wrong. So then, people who believe what the Bible says about humans must agree with God in that regard (confess their sins), and ask God for forgiveness because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Anyone who takes this step is forgiven. The new believer’s fellowship with God is restored in this life and continues into eternity. It is made evident through the gift of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This of course is the beginning of a new way of life. The Bible calls it adoption. God becomes our Father, and rather than being His enemies, we become His children. Others who have been adopted through the same process are our brothers and sisters in Christ. This family bond is universal. Together we form the Church, the body of Christ, where Christ is the Head.
Indeed, God’s wrath is satisfied. We should rejoice over this truth! God has gone from being angry and being compelled to punish us with eternal separation (see Romans 6:23), to calling us His children. After giving up His Son for us, He says there is nothing else He won’t do for us. Wow, such love! In addition, He is preparing a place in heaven for us. He says we will live in mansions. Jesus told His disciples, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:2-3 KJV).
We need to put an effort into maintaining our restored relationship, nurturing it to blossom. How do we do that? Although we don’t know it all yet, we can safely allow two basic rules to guide our lives, and those rules are: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39 NIV). If we love God, we will seek to obey and please Him in all that we do, and if we love our neighbors, we’ll seek their welfare in all situations.
In addition, we need to read the Bible and allow it to guide our walk. We need to communicate with God through prayer. We need to encourage sisters and brothers and be encouraged by them by sharing fellowship with other believers. Next, we start to look for opportunities to share the gospel with those who haven’t heard it, or don’t understand it. There are many such in our neighborhoods, at our jobs, and everywhere we go.
God’s wrath is satisfied, yes, and He has reconciled us to Himself through the death of His Son! May God help us to take the responsibility that comes with reconciliation seriously, and look expectantly for His return.