What must his wrath be?
Edwards, "Wrath Upon the Wicked to the Uttermost"
"The wrath of God has come upon
them to the uttermost." 1 Thes. 2:16
How dreadful the wrath of God is, when it is
executed to the uttermost. To make you in
some measure sensible of that, I desire you
to consider whose wrath it is.
The wrath of a king is as the roaring of a lion;
but this is the wrath of Jehovah, the Lord
How dreadful must be the wrath of such a
Being, when it comes upon a person to the
uttermost, without any pity or moderation!
What must the uttermost of his wrath be,
who made heaven and earth by the word
of his power; who spoke, and it was done,
who commanded, and it stood fast!
What must his wrath be, who
commands the sun, and it rises
not, and seals up the stars!
What must his wrath be, who shakes
the earth out of its place, and causes
the pillars of heaven to tremble!
What must his wrath be, who rebukes
the sea, and makes it dry, who removes
the mountains out of their places, and
overturns them in his anger!
What must his wrath be, whose
majesty is so awesome, that no
man could live in the sight of it!
What must the wrath of such a Being be,
when it comes to the uttermost, when he
makes his majesty appear and shine bright
in the misery of wicked men!
And what is a worm of the dust before the
fury and under the weight of this wrath,
which the stoutest devils cannot bear, but
utterly sink, and are crushed under it!
If a slight apprehension of wrath is so dreadful
and intolerable, what must his wrath be, when
it comes upon people to the uttermost!
When a few drops or little sprinkling of wrath is
so distressing and overbearing to the soul, how
must it be when God opens the flood gates, and
lets the mighty deluge of his wrath come pouring
down upon men's guilty heads, and brings in all
his waves and billows upon their souls!
There will be no safety to any but those who are
in the ark! Therefore it behooves all to hasten and
flee for their lives, to get into a safe condition, to
get into Christ! Then they need not fear, though
the earth be removed, and the mountains carried
into the midst of the sea; though the waters roar
and rage; though the mountains shake with the
swelling thereof: for God will be their refuge and
strength; they need not be afraid of evil tidings;
their hearts may be fixed, trusting in the Lord.
"All of us also lived among them at one time,
gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and
following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest,
we were by nature objects of wrath." Ephes. 2:3
"Since we have now been justified by his
blood, how much more shall we be saved
from God's wrath through him!" Romans 5:9
"Jesus is the one who rescues us
from the coming wrath." 1 Thes. 1:10
"For God did not appoint us to suffer
wrath but to receive salvation through
our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thes. 5:9