Whose Wrath has Come? (1 Thessalonians 2:16)

March 23, 2017 // 33 Comments

(The Jews) killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to everyone… they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last. (1 Thessalonians 2:15-16, NIV) This sounds like something you might read in the Old Testament yet [...]

Did God kill the Jews in AD70?

October 21, 2016 // 102 Comments

For 2,000 years prominent Christian theologians such as John Chrysostom, John Calvin, Matthew Henry, John Gill, Adam Clarke, Albert Barnes, and others have taught that the destruction of Jerusalem in AD70 was God’s doing. One unfortunate fruit of this bad teaching has been a long history of Jewish massacres [...]

Consider the severity of God (Romans 11:22)

March 11, 2015 // 65 Comments

Whenever I tell people about God’s goodness, I can just about guarantee that someone will call for balance and say I should also preach on God’s severity. Then they quote this verse: Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in [...]

Herod’s death and the wrath of God

November 6, 2014 // 123 Comments

The Old Testament writers record a brutal history of divine wrath that came to an abrupt end at the cross. Before the cross, wrath was poured out on… – a world hell-bent on violence and self-destruction (Gen 6:13) – Sodom and Gomorrah on account of their “grievous sin” (Gen 18:20) – the [...]

The wrath of God has come upon them at last (1 Thess 2:16)

January 30, 2014 // 56 Comments

In our ongoing series on the wrath of God, there is an important scripture we have not yet looked at. It’s this one: For you, brothers, became imitators of God’s churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own countrymen the same things those churches suffered from the Jews, who [...]

Why did Jerusalem fall?

January 27, 2014 // 51 Comments

Ever had someone come up to you and say, “Why do you think Jerusalem fell in AD70?” That’s probably never happened to you. But it speaks to the circles I move in that I get asked this question a lot – probably because I have lately been writing about the wrath of God. If you missed it, the story of [...]

What is the “coming wrath”?

January 22, 2014 // 47 Comments

“You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?” When John the Baptist said this to the Pharisees and Sadducees, what did he mean (see Luke 3:7-8)? What is the coming wrath? And is this something we should be concerned about? Some commentators say John was referring to the destruction of [...]

Jesus and the wrath of God

December 12, 2013 // 85 Comments

Are you familiar with the hymn In Christ Alone? Do you know this hymn is not hundreds of years old? It’s not even 20 years old. In Christ Alone is a very modern hymn. It was written in 2001 by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend. I mention this hymn because it has these wonderful lyrics: Till on that cross as Jesus [...]

The wrath of God in the New Covenant

October 31, 2013 // 83 Comments

This is the third article in my series on the wrath of God. To see how well you have been paying attention, I want to ask you a question: In the new covenant, what is the connection between sin and wrath? Answer: There is none. Yes, I know the Bible has many scriptures showing how God is angry with sin and judges [...]

What provokes God’s wrath?

October 23, 2013 // 60 Comments

As we saw in our last post, the wrath of God is a reaction to something – but what? In the old covenant, God reacted to sin. He had to. God cannot be God and let sin go unchecked. But Hebrews 9:26 tells us the sacrifice of Jesus is the once and final solution to sin. As the hymn says, “On the cross where [...]

What about God’s wrath?

October 16, 2013 // 57 Comments

The other night my little girl was on the toilet when she started yelling. “There’s a spider!” Normally, I would encourage my kids to face their fears and deal with spiders on their own but I could hear panic in my daughter’s voice. Poor kid. Stuck on the porcelain throne she was in no position to deal [...]

What about Hell? 10 things to know

April 23, 2013 // 191 Comments

A few people have asked for my views on hell. I have never written on hell before. Like the weather on Uranus, hell is not a subject I think much about. I’m unlikely to come up to you at a party and say, “Hey, what about hell?” Hell is just not on my radar. But I appreciate that hell has become something of [...]