THE WORLD IN SIN REVEALS MAN’S GUILT
Up to this point we have read about the Apostle Paul, his calling, his apostleship, his humility. We read about the fact that he is a preacher of the gospel and considered himself a debtor to all mankind.
Now we move the focus off of Paul himself into the gospel that he preaches.
In the next four weeks we will consider, the world in sin, the world around us, world apostasy and man’s foolishness and the results of the apostasy.
Tonight let us focus on the world in sin and the guilt revealed by our great sin.
“For the wrath of God is revealed”
God’s wrath is His feeling toward sin, not His punishment.
It is His hot anger toward sin.
I. IT IS REVEALED BY THE GOSPEL
1. We are sinners (Rom 3:23, Rom 5:12)
2. We deserve death (Rom 6:23; Rev 20:14-15)
3. Jesus died for us ( Rom 5:8; 1 Peter 2:24; 2 Cor 5:21)
4. We must repent (Luke 13:3,5)
5. We must receive (John 1:12)
We do this by asking Jesus to forgive us and come into our hearts realizing all the above.
Rom 10:9-10; promise Rom 10:13;
God is knocking
A. To those who believe it is the power of God unto salvation (vs 16)
B. To the unbeliever it is foolishness
1 Cor 1:18-19
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
1 Cor 1:21
21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
1 Cor 2:14
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1 Cor 3:19
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
The Gospel is God’s answer to those who would say that God’s wrath is revealed in the Old Testament and His love is revealed in the New Testament.
God reveals both Hos love and His wrath in both the Testaments.
God has not changed.
God is merciful not because He has suddenly become lenient with the sinner, but because Jesus died.
The Gospel has not changed God’s attitude toward sin.
The Gospel has made it possible for God to accept the repentent sinner.
The sinner must have either the righteousness of God or the wrath of God. He cannot have both.
Either he is made righteous by the blood of Christ or he is under the wrath of God which is revealed by the Gospel.
II. GOD’S WRATH REVEALED FROM HEAVEN
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.
5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
16 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:
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
1 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.
III. REVEALED AGAINST UNGODLINESS AND UNRIGHTEUOSNESS OF MAN.
A. Ungodliness - Denial of the character of God. Disregarding His very existence.
The state of the soul.
The condition of a cold human heart.
The seat of the human emotion is so filled with sin that the very thought of God is totally disregarded.
B. Unrighteousness - Denial of the rule of God.
This is the action of the soul.
This may be committed by the saved.
C. Suppressing the truth
They do not regard God in their life because to do so would mean giving up the short lived pleasure of sin.
So they hold on to the sin and disregard God.
Unlike Moses who refuse the pleasure of sin for a season.
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
The Anti-Christ is holding back the truth and allowing more and more people to be drawn into his wicked snare. It is only by the work of the Holy Spirit that we can be saved. One day the Holy Spirit with all God’s believers, will be taken out of this world and the wrath of God will come without measure.
2 Thes 2:6-7
6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.