“God’s wrath is as eternal as God’s love!”
That was emblazoned on the first page of a tract being offered by some Christians at a literature table in town. Can you believe it? That’s the opening gambit!
When I pressed them on it, they said, Of course God is love. But He also hates.
“Which is more eternal?” I asked. They couldn’t say.
Well I can.
He is Father – eternally begetting (giving life to) His Son.
He is Radiance – eternally shining out the Light of His beauty.
He is Speaker – eternally revealing and communicating Himself in His Word.
He is Blesser – eternally pouring His Spirit onto and into Christ.
You can wind back the clock as far as you like into the depths of eternity and you will see life-giving, radiant, communicative blessing flowing out to the Other. That is His eternal nature. He is love. He is light. Scripture never says He is hate.
His wrath is a response to the alien existence of death, darkness and sin. It is the response of love to that which would harm or demean His Beloved. God’s wrath is not as eternal as God’s love.
What do they sing at that church I wonder?
Fly sinners, fly into those a-a-arms
Of everlasting wr-a-a-ath
Of e-ev-er-la-a-sti-ing wrath!