God’s Wrath and the Gospel

“No doubt it is true that the subject of divine wrath has in the past been handled speculatively, irreverently, even malevolently.  No doubt there have been some who have preached of wrath and damnation with tearless eyes and not pain in their hearts.  No doubt the sign of small sects cheerfully consigning the whole world, apart from themselves, to hell has disgusted many.  Yet if we would know God, it is vital that we face the truth concerning his wrath, however unfashionable it may be, and however strong our initial  prejudices against it.  Otherwise we shall not understand the gospel of salvation from wrath, nor the propitiatory achievement of the cross, nor the wonder of the redeeming love of God.”

-J.I. Packer Knowing God page 156

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