Working thru some things at the weekly men’s breakfast, the idea of God’s wrath came up. We were looking at the fact that God is unchanging, and a couple of the guys who are newer to being disciples of Christ were asking about the God of the Old Testament vs. the God of the New Testament. They had been given the idea that God pre the incarnation of Christ was mean, and punished and was full of wrath. But now, since the life of Jesus, God is love. Kind, loving, gentle, God is now different.
He doesn’t change
So is God different? Has he changed? My Bible says he is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. So why the disconnect between the perception of what God was like in the Old Testament, vs God who is in the New Testament. The one that created the biggest discussion is the wrath of God.
So did God stop being wrathfull after the crucifixion of Jesus? First God released his wrath on Jesus when he was put on the cross. When Jesus took my sin on himself, taking my place, he not only took my sin, my failure, but he also endured God the Father’s wrath.
Secondly look at Revelation 6:16 which says “And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:”
That’s not the wrath of the Father, the Lamb is Jesus and His wrath is coming.
Now that’s not about trying to scare you. Hopefully you are a disciple of Christ, a Christian, and the wrath mentioned above is not directed at you. But it does go to show that God’s wrath did not go away, or stop. He may withhold his wrath for a season, for a time, but patience isn’t the same as forgetfulness.
On the other hand if you have not made Jesus Lord, my question is what are you waiting for? God may be long suffering, that doesn’t mean He is asleep.