If you don't believe in God's wrath, you can never really understand God's love.
— Burk Parsons (@BurkParsons) August 15, 2018
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.
from Charisma News
Revelation 6 presents this shattering, overwhelming account: “Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?'” (vv. 15-17)
Do we just ignore this because Revelation is hard to understand? Shouldn’t this rather shake us to the core because, as surely as God is God, His wrath will one day be poured out on a sinful and rebellious world?
Peter, like Paul, told us that this should affect the way we live today.
First, he describes what is coming: “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.”
Then he makes application: “Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!”
And he adds this promise: “But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace” (2 Pet. 3:10-14).
The wrath of God is coming, and a new heaven and earth are coming.
How then should we live, and what then should we preach?
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.