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Don Stewart :: What Is the Wrath of God?

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Don Stewart

The Bible teaches that God is a God of wrath. Wrath is God's righteous anger. Scripture has much to say about the wrath of God.

The Wrath Of God In The Old Testament

The wrath of the Lord was against the nation Israel.

"I have seen these people," the LORD said to Moses, "and they are a stiff-necked people. Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation (Exodus 32:9,10).

The Old Testament records a number of instances where God's righteous anger was directed against the nation.

The New Testament

The New Testament also speaks of the wrath of God.

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him (John 3:36).

Wrath Is Not For Believers

Those who have believed in Jesus will not experience the wrath of God.

For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

The good news, or the gospel, is that those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior do not have to experience the wrath of God - their sins have already been judged by Christ's death on the cross.


The wrath of God is taught in both testaments. God wrath, or righteous anger, will be placed on those who do not follow Him. Those who have believed in Jesus will not be objects of His wrath.

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