The wrath of God – John 3:36

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him (John 3:36).

One of my favorite modern hymns is In Christ Alone. The second verse concludes with the lines:

‘Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live

Recently, the liberal Presbyterian Church USA decided including the “wrath of God” was unacceptable and wanted to change the lyrics before including it in a new hymnal they are publishing. Thankfully, the song writers, Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, refused.

If there is no wrath, why did Jesus have to die? It would have just been unnecessary bloodshed. And, if that wrath has not satisfied by Jesus’ death on the cross, our situation is hopeless. The Bible makes it clear that we have been saved from God’s wrath:

Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God (Romans 5:9).

It is unfortunate that these pseudo-Christian groups find the clear teachings of the Bible to be offensive and embarrassing. Praise God for the song’s authors who not only write wonderful, God-honoring, doctrinally sound songs, but also stand behind the convictions of their faith.


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