In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 8:12). Come. But we dare not draw a hard line between them. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. This expression implies that it is "improper" for people to interfere with that which properly belongs to God. Finally, the great apostle of love, the apostle John, who gives us the sweet words of John 3:16, used the strongest language for the eternal duration of the wrath of God: “And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night” (Revelation 14:11). He could not in good conscience continue to lead a group of people who had lost all feeling of compassion and who insisted on taking vengeance into their own hands. One failure and the curse falls. The wrath of God is like being totally blind forever. Thank you for your question, the answer is found within the scriptures, the Holy Bible. By no means! And then it says, “I will repay.” So God’s wrath is treated as a repayment to man for something man has done. I will pay them back.” He also said, “The LORD will judge his own people.” English Standard Version For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” When someone harms us, or when we see someone harming another person, we have a natural desire to see that person punished. And again, "THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE." I will focus my attention on constructive activities—building, serving, and healing—not on forcing others to pay a price for their errors. And then we see from the word “repay” and “vengeance” that God’s wrath is his response to sin. Therefore, I consider it a gentle understatement to say, “The final wrath of God will be terrible — indescribable pain.” And putting the first and second truths together: This terrible, indescribably painful wrath will last forever. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. It will not be more or less than his perfect justice demands. He says it even more explicitly in Romans 2:5: “Because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.” We are responsible. Mormon’s son, Moroni, later elaborated on that same Biblical passage: The same that judgeth rashly shall be judged rashly again; for according to his works shall his wages be; therefore, he that smiteth shall be smitten again, of the Lord. In response, Mormon resigned as their commander. People ought to pay for their crimes, and the punishment should be proportionate to the crime. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. We are storing up wrath with every act of indifference to Christ, with every preference for anything over God, and with every quiver of our affection for sin and every second of our dull affections for God. Vengeance is mine - That is, it belongs to me to inflict revenge. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. Paul labored to show this truth in the first part of this letter to the Romans. What Is the Meaning of the Phrase “Vengeance Is Mine?” Near the end of his life, Moses recited a song to the Israelite people. Now is the day of salvation. The point of that is to say soberly and terribly that if you go there, there will be no relief forever and ever. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the LORD. New Living Translation For we know the one who said, “I will take revenge. Isn’t fire and brimstone just a symbol?” I say beware of that because it does not serve your purpose. I used the symbol of the most valuable jewel I could think of because my wife is far more precious than jewels. To emphasize this point, the Lord makes the following declaration: “To me belongeth vengeance, and recompense” (Deuteronomy 32:35). Christ bore the curse of God’s wrath for all who come to him and believe in him and glory in the shelter of his blood and righteousness. In verse 41 he says, “Then [the king] will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’” And to make crystal clear that eternal means everlasting he says again in verse 46, “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” So the punishment is eternal in the same way that life is eternal. (NIV) Most versions use the words “vengeance” and “recompense,” what is known as “pay back” in today’s vernacular. He said that there is sin for which there will never be forgiveness. Create a website or blog at WordPress.com. God’s anger is never out of the control of his wisdom and righteousness, and his wrath is never cool or indifferent, but is always a wisely directed fury. It means they are undone. 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