Is God unrighteous to inflict wrath? Absolutely not! Otherwise, how will God judge the world? (HCSB Rom 3.5b-6)


Romans 3:24-25 (HCSB)
They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. God presented Him as a propitiation through faith in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His restraint God passed over the sins previously committed.

      Fascinating couple of verses here in Romans 3.  Paul first points out by way of a question that indeed—as many moderns so charge—God is not unrighteous to inflict wrath.  Indeed he must inflict wrath if he is to be a good and proper judge of the world (no righteous judge would let a guilty man go free, only an unrighteous judge would do that).
     However, Rom 3.5-6 is not the end of the story.  One gets to vs. 24 and discovers that the same God who will judge the world is also the one who offered up his one and only son as a propitiation for his wrath.  HCSB says that propitiation means: The removal of divine wrath; Jesus’ death is the means that turns God’s wrath from the sinner.  

     Don’t miss that point.  The same God who will inflict wrath on sinners is the one who removed sin by offering up his son!  How cool is that God?  Answer: Super cool!
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