The Genevan Reformer John Calvin said, “Preaching is the public exposition of Scripture by the man sent from God, in which God Himself is present in judgment and in grace.” Faithful pulpit ministry requires the declaration of both judgment and grace. The Word of God is a sharp, two-edged sword that softens and hardens, comforts and afflicts, saves and damns.
The preaching of divine wrath serves as a black velvet backdrop that causes the diamond of God’s mercy to shine brighter than ten thousand suns. It is upon the dark canvas of divine wrath that the splendor of His saving grace most fully radiates. Preaching the wrath of God most brilliantly showcases His gracious mercy toward sinners.
“But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile” (Romans 2:8-9). The judgment of those who are not in Christ, who have not been redeemed by His atoning Sacrifice, who have not been forgiven by the shedding of His precious blood, who have not been declared righteous by the imputation of His perfect life, will be condemned for every idle word, every idolatrous thought, every impure motive, every insidious action.
“For there is no respect of persons with God” (Romans 2:11). God will judge all: the righteous in Christ and the wicked in sin, without partiality and in absolute perfection because He is unchangeable in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.
In this YouTube video, Driscoll points out how many over emphasize certain attributes of God to the exclusion of other attributes; ie focusing only on the love of the Lord and not proclaiming, or ignoring all together, His justice and wrath and holiness.