God is the avenger of injustice

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne.  They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”  Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.  (Revelation 6:9-11)

For those who live in comfort, it is hard to imagine what true persecution is like.   A hurtful word or an unkind action from an unbeliever is usually all Christians in the west might suffer for their faith, but it is quite different in much of the rest of the world.

All throughout history and even in modern times, people have been beaten, imprisoned and killed because of their stand for Christ.

Some may ask, “If God is so loving, why does He allow His children to suffer?  If God is so good, why does He let His children die?  If God is so righteous, why does He ignore injustice?”

He has not forgotten.  He is waiting for the fullness of time.

Make no mistake.  All sin, all evil, and all injustice will be punished.  God has a cup filled with holy and righteous wrath, and it is prepared for all who violate His law and all who harm His people.  The only question is, who will drink it?

Do not forget that the glorious truth of the gospel is that Jesus Christ, the only one with no sin of His own to pay for, has offered to drink the cup for all who trust and follow Him!

This means two things.  First, if you are in Christ, then the full measure of God’s wrath against your sin has been received by Jesus Christ, and there is no more left for you!  Second, when you see or experience injustice and persecution in this life, know that either it will be paid for in full as God’s wrath is poured out on the guilty, or it will have been paid for in full upon the cross of Christ.

Either way, when your soul cries out for justice as you see all the evil in the world, you can find peace in this truth.

God is the avenger of injustice.

–Pastor Phillip

God’s wrath reveals your refuge

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 2

GOD’S WRATH REVEALS YOUR REFUGE

Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.  (Psalm 2:11-12)

Not many people talk about the wrath of God these days. Most folks are comfortable with the image of Jesus as a gentle servant, not an angry master.

Yet, we cannot ignore what the Bible says. God is gentle and kind, to be sure, but He is also holy and just and has a rightful anger towards sin and sinners themselves.

But, here’s the Good News: God’s love is even greater than His wrath!

How do we know this? Because even though God’s anger towards sin is righteous and fierce, He poured it out on Jesus, who willingly died on your behalf.   By His death on the cross, Jesus stepped in to absorb the full weight of God’s wrath for all who put their faith in Him, so that we “would not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16b)

That’s why if you’re in Christ, you can actually take comfort in God’s wrath, because it makes the refuge of His love for you all the more compelling.

Just like stars shine most brightly against the black of night, so the beauty of the Gospel shines most clearly in contrast to the reality of God’s wrath. Nobody wants to surrender to a Savior if they feel no need of saving, but in the face of certain judgment, how sweet and lovely is the message of the cross!

So, may you walk in the joy of His love as you declare with the people of God, “Blessed are all who take refuge in Him!” And, if you’re in Christ, may you never lose sight of the hope you have in this truth: God’s wrath reveals your refuge.

-Pastor Phillip


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Jesus is your everlasting comfort

Scripture Notes on Revelation 7

“For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and He will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”  (Revelation 7:17)

Revelation is a book of powerful truth cloaked in mysterious imagery.  Some of its deepest treasures are revealed in a series of contrasts.

For instance, in chapter seven, the panicked reaction of God’s enemies when they see Jesus is “calling to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?’” (Revelation 7:16-17)

Then, after this picture of devastation on those outside of God’s family, the writer John gives us a description of a wonderfully different destiny for all who are in Christ.

After all of the chaos and upheaval of life in the end of days, this is the reward for God’s children.  “For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and He will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

You see, if you are not in Christ, it doesn’t matter how good your life is now, because Jesus is a wrathful judge.  But, if you are in Christ, then no matter how bad your life may seem here on earth, hang in there, because this is God’s promise to you.

Jesus is your everlasting comfort.

-Pastor Phillip

God is the avenger of injustice

Scripture Notes on Revelation 6

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne.  They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”  Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.  (Revelation 6:9-11)

For those who live in comfort, it is hard to imagine what true persecution is like.  A hurtful word or an unkind action from an unbeliever is usually all Christians in the West might suffer for their faith, but it is quite different in much of the rest of the world.

All throughout history and even in modern times, people have been beaten, imprisoned and killed because of their stand for Christ.

Some may ask, “If God is so loving, why does He allow His children to suffer? If God is so good, why does He let His children die? If God is so righteous, why does He ignore injustice?”

He has not forgotten. He is waiting for the fullness of time.

Make no mistake. All sin, all evil, and all injustice will be punished. God has a cup filled with holy and righteous wrath, and it is prepared for all who violate His law and all who harm His people. The only question is, who will drink it?

Do not forget that the glorious truth of the gospel is that Jesus Christ, the only one with no sin of His own to pay for, has offered to drink the cup for all who trust and follow Him!

This means two things. First, if you are in Christ, then the full measure of God’s wrath against your sin has been received by Jesus Christ, and there is no more left for you! Second, when you see or experience injustice and persecution in this life, know that either it will be paid for in full as God’s wrath is poured out on the guilty, or it will have been paid in full upon the cross of Christ.

Either way, when your soul cries out for justice as you see all the evil in the world, you can find peace in this truth.

God is the avenger of injustice.

-Pastor Phillip