The last couple weeks we have been discussing what it means to be LOST. This week we will discuss a third element is that a lost person is a child of wrath. To be lost means you are dead in sin, walking away from God and therefore a follower of Satan, and to be an object of God’s wrath (Ephesians 2:3).
But the question is, is God really wrathful? This is a provocative question in today’s society. Some popular Christian personalities have seen the cause of natural disasters or even terrorist acts as actions of God’s wrath. Personally, I do not agree with most of those views. However, I do believe that God’s wrath is a valid quality to his nature and to be seen at some point in time.
Paul says the nature of a lost person is to be a child of wrath. People without Christ live under the future judgment under God’s wrath. They stand condemned (John 3:18) because they are guilty of sin. However, every person has the opportunity to be forgiven and free from judgment by becoming a child of grace. Notice that becoming a child of grace is not any work you do accept believing on the work of God. God has “great love for us”, is “rich in mercy”, “made us alive”, “raised us up” and “seated us with him”. Paul says that if it was by works then we could boast in comparison of how saved we are to others. Yet, it is by grace so that no one can boast. A child of grace is completely dependent upon the Father’s mercy.
Which child are you? Child of wrath or child of grace?
“Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” Psalm 2:12