The wrath of God
After introducing himself, greeting the saints, and explaining why he longed to see the believers in Rome, Paul begins the letter to the Romans by describing the need for the manifestation of the power of Godin the world. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” Romans 1:18, NKJV. God poured out His wrath against the unrighteousness and ungodliness of the humankind, but not against humanity itself. Had God poured out His wrath against the humankind, this world and its inhabitants would have perished forever. Because of the work by the sin power, the humankind was so unrighteous that the image of God in man became invisible.
Just before the flood, the humankind became so ungodly that it reached the point of total self-destruction. God, in flood, manifested His wrath against the sinful acts of the humankind. “Then the Lord God saw man’s wickedness, that it was great in the earth, and every intent of the thoughts within his heart was only evil continually.” Genesis 6:5, SEPT. In just the right time, and because He loved the humankind, God exercised His Sovereign power to redirect the history of the humankind and thus, slow down the impact of the sin power. This act by God saved the humankind from the self-destruction by its short-sighted evil ways.
Then again, when the humankind was on the verge of separation from God forever, God poured out His wrath against the sin itself, and thus He restored to Him the helpless humanity, as His eternal possession. The condition of the humankind before the manifestation of God’s wrath was a total lack of proper attitude, resulting in a complete absence of godliness. The man became engrossed in himself.
To be continued.