UNADOPTED – Not adopted; not received as one’s own.Websters 1828
WRATH – The just punishment of an offense or crime. Romans 8:1.Websters 1828
Gods wrath in Scripture, is his holy and just indignation against sin. Romans 1:18.
On the last episode we spoke to Bob and he talked about his adoption. We also read verses that talked about the spirit of adoption, and how good it is to be part of the family of God. Hence, why we call each other brother. We talked about how good it is to be part of the family of God, but what about those who have not been “adopted”? What is their current condition? Sadly those who will be left behind on the day of the rapture or those who will split hell wide open because they wanted no part of the spirit of adoption.
Condition of man without Christ
- John 3:18
- John 3:36
The wrath of God is immediately upon us when we choose not to believe in Him, and there are many in this world who seem to have no care in this world and they are ignorant of their current condition. Oh, the despair of man who is ignorant of his condition and shakes his fist at a just God.
Judgement is coming for all of us but one will be judged to hell eternal because they chose not to believe.
Wickedness is always punished but God will deliver those who have chosen to place their faith and trust in Him.
- Matthew 25:46
- 2 Thessalonians 1:8-10
As mentioned, in the last episode we spoke about being a child of God through the Spirit of adoption, but before being a child of God, we were children of Satan.
- John 8:44
- Acts 13:9-10
- 1 John 3:8
This is clear, you are either a son of the Satan or a son of God. There is no middle ground, or on the fence state of life. Every human being, aside from Christ was born a child of Satan.
This passage is clear that we were all sons of disobedience, following the prince of the power of the air which is a reference to Satan, living a life a sin and therefore destined to the wrath of God, hence the term children of wrath. It is a fearful thing to be outside of the family of God, or another way to put it, it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of an angry God, and remember God’s anger is perfectly just and righteous.
Without God, your destination is hell. In Luke 16 there is the story or parable, there is debate over this, but in any case there is a lesson. The rich man died and was in hades or Sheol, and Lazarus was at Abrahams side and Abraham spoke to the rich man telling him to remember his past life. I find it fascinating that in the life to come we may have memory of the lives we lived before our physical death and I think how regret is going to feel. Will you regret not making that choice to receive the precious gift of Jesus?
No condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus
- Romans 8:1
- John 8:11
I believe this woman had repented and therefore Jesus told her to go and sin no more. She had found forgiveness because she had repented, and He did not condemn her because of this.
He came to seek and to save the lost but because He is just He will have to judge but His desire is that all should come to repentance.
How do we get this hope and how can one became a member of the family of God?
The term “no condemnation” is used in a judicial setting.
CONDEMNATION – The act of condemning; the judicial act of declaring one guilty, and dooming him to punishment.Websters 1828
The reality is that we will all face the judgement of God.
2 Corinthians 5:10
According to the verse we will appear before Christ who is the judge. God has granted Jesus the authority to execute this judgement.
We are the defendants in this case. Satan is the accuser or the prosecutor who, according to Revelation 12:10 accuses us day and night. The charge brought to us is that we are guilty of sin and condemned to eternity in hell. Notice, it’s not Jesus who condemns, we are all born sinners and by default we are condemned and according to Romans 6:23 the penalty for sin is death.
Remedy for condemnation
As we stick to the judicial setting, the most fascinating and amazing and loving thing happened. The judge (Jesus) stepped down from the bench and exchanged his righteousness for our sin, he died the death we were meant to die. He took our place on the cross.
Jesus, the judge, took my punishment on the cross so that I might be saved. These verses are clear, that I must believe in Him. When reading the greek the word in really means on, so if we were to read it in to the verse it would read, “that whoever believes on Him”. It’s not a mere believing or having knowledge about someone but casting your full dependence on someone to save you.
- John 3:17
- Isaiah 55:7
- John 3:16
- Romans 6:23
We deserve that just judgement of God but if we will take His free gift then He will welcome us into the family of God. There is hope through the gift of His Son.
God died for us in our sinful condition, a condition where the wrath of God was upon us. There is joy in God through the Lord Jesus Christ who washed us clean and gave us the hope of all hopes. What a God!
Does the wrath of God abide on you? Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? Where would you go if you were to die today? Are you in the family of God?
How about you Christian? Do you have the joy of the Lord as your strength? Are you thankful to be part of the family of God?
1 John 3:1-2