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Wrath of God
The penalty for sin is death (see Rom. 6:23) and God demands that the penalty be paid. Those who reject Christ’s sacrifice on the cross have nothing to look forward to “but a terrifying expectation of judgment and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES” (Heb. 10:27).
The one true, holy and righteous God demands justice. The penalty will be paid. If we reject the sacrifice which is acceptable, that leaves us bare and naked before the wrath of Almighty God. What remains for us is terrifying judgment.
There are only two possibilities—salvation in the finished work of Jesus Christ for those who believe in Him, or terrifying judgment for those who do not believe in Him. The word which is translated “fury” is related to jealousy and anger. The fire will be a result of the jealous anger of God because of the unbeliever’s sinfulness and unwillingness to receive God’s Son as Savior.
The destiny of those who are under the judgment of God is fire, destruction and ruin. “Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to deliver them on the day of the Lord’s wrath” (Zeph. 1:18).
Nobody will be able to buy forgiveness with silver or gold. Peter also reminded us of that fact: That you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ (1 Pet. 1:18,19).
Zephaniah described God’s judgment on those who reject His provision of forgiveness: “And all the earth will be devoured in the fire of His jealousy, for He will make a complete end, indeed a terrifying one, of all the inhabitants of the earth” (Zeph. 1:18).
The only alternative to eternal destruction is to accept the salvation provided by Him through faith in Jesus Christ.