God is loving and merciful, but it is a harsh truth that the spiritually dead will experience His wrath.
God’s Word is always true, but sometimes it comes across as confrontational when it exposes our erroneous thinking. One truth that’s often considered challenging is the way God describes the desperate state of those who are without Christ. They are …
- Dead in their offenses and sins. Spiritual death came to all people as a result of Adam’s sin, leaving the human race under God’s condemnation (Eph. 2:1).
- Unable to grasp spiritual things (1 Cor. 2:14). Their minds are darkened, and they cannot understand the things of God.
- Outside of God’s family. Spiritually, there are only two families in the world: the family of God and the family of Satan (John 8:44).
- Under God’s wrath. Unbelievers, even the ones who are kind and loving, are under judgment because of their unforgiven sins (Eph. 2:3).
Those without Christ are in grave danger and don’t realize it. They need to hear the bad news before they can see their need for a Savior. So find a way to carefully give them these hard truths, and explain how they can be rescued: Through faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ on their behalf, they can escape God’s wrath and condemnation.
Bible in One Year: Titus 1-3, Philemon 1