MERCY AND THE COMING JUDGEMENT
2Pet. 2:9 then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment,
Most people today don’t consider the message of a coming judgement as being relevant. Not only that, the popular message today has no room for the wrath of God. Actually, because God is just and holy, there will be a day of judgement on the entire earth. The Lord has no other recourse, His very nature demands it. Anything other that judgment on the sinfulness of man would be a violation of His nature. “Well what about mercy?”, you ask. God’s mercy has been displayed and offered to all mankind through the death of Christ. His death displayed God’s justice, our sins were judged in Christ at the cross. At the same time the cross was God’s demonstration of His mercy, He died for the ungodly and whoever calls upon His name will be saved. For all those who reject His generous offer of salvation in Christ, the Bible clearly teaches that the wrath of God abides upon them. John 3:36 “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
Martin Luther applied this truth to the coming judgement, check this out.
“Today, some people want to de-emphasize God’s commands. They think that people should be treated only with love and tolerance and shouldn’t be frightened by examples of God’s anger. Paul says quite the opposite. In the letter to the Corinthians, he tells many stories about God’s anger against sinners. Then he states, “Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did”. Arrogant and stubborn people despise the Word of God and laugh at well-intentioned words of caution. They feel so good about themselves that whenever anyone tells them about the extent of God’s mercy and grace, it only leaves them worse off than they were before. This is what happens when people try to get rid of God’s commands. We must guard against this false teaching. It’s not enough for these people to bring destruction on themselves. They intend to drag us down with them. Like the people of Sodom, they don’t realize that their sins will soon be punished.”
The ancient hebrew prophets spoke about the coming judgement, Peter described the conflagration of the earth, and Paul said that the lost would be suffer retribution when Christ returns in flaming fire. Jesus Christ Himself compared the end of the age to Sodom and Gomorrah and to the generation that drowned in Noah’s flood. Do I believe the end of the age is near? I’m not sure, but it seems the birth-pangs we are experiencing in the form of hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, and economic and political upheaval seem to be getting stronger and closer together. All I know is that judgement is coming and His hand of mercy is still stretched out to whosoever will.