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Rejecting God is the Punishment

October 20th, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

A Samaritan Village Rejects Jesus

When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make preparations for him. But the people did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to tell fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. And they went on to another village. (Luke 9:51-56 ESV)

Jesus doesn’t rebuke those who refuse to receive him. He rebukes his followers who want to bring down fire from heaven on them. This is a demonstration of the distance between human and divine wrath. Human wrath seeks to punish and avenge. Divine wrath acquiesces to free will (Ro. 1:24, Ro. 1:26, Ro. 1:28). Rejecting God is the punishment, it is hell, not fire and brimstone.

“There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘All right, then, have it your way.'” – C.S. Lewis

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