Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

When Jonathan Edwards delivered his sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”, he moved the church, but failed to deliver God’s complete message. We know that Romans 3:23 says “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” but what does that mean for us. Many cling to John 3:16’s promise of salvation but the verse directly following has been what makes my heart leap. John 3:17-18 says “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” For some, this verse is indicting and offensive. It outright condemns those who do not accept Jesus as their savior. For those who have, it reveals God’s forgiving nature. 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 says “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” If you have not reconciled to God by accepting Jesus and asking forgiveness, I implore you to do so. His love is so much greater than your sins. I can’t promise you no more problems, I can only offer that God will never leave you or forsake you. I can’t promise wealth, I can tell you that your definition of wealth will vastly change. I can’t promise a better life on earth, but I’ll swear that the paradise that awaits us is far greater than the death that we deserve.

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