The Threat of Punishment

I was reading some Charles Spurgeon and he said we rob the Gospel of power when leave out the threat of punishment.  He says we must always preach the love of Christ in connection with His judgment.  I would add we rob the Gospel of power when we preach judgment with the absence of the love of Jesus.

Sometimes preachers, just as anyone else, can be guilty of emphasizing one part of God.  In a sense, we try to make God appear as we want Him to appear.  Some people really like the fire and brimstone, justice and judgment part of God, “You’re a sinner condemned to hell if you don’t repent and accept Jesus!”  This is true.  Others believe God is love.  This is also true.  1 John 4:8 says “Theos Ein Agape”, translated God is love.

But Spurgeon’s argument is that God would not be love if God were not just.  John 3:36 says, “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on.”  God shows wrath and love toward sinners at the exact same time in the cross.  Is God love?  Look at the cross.  Does God judge harshly?  Look at the cross.  God shows His love for us by sending His Son to take that wrath in our place on the cross.  According to John 3:36, those who choose not to accept that, are still due His wrath.

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