Monday, February 17, 2014

Considerations ~ The Day of God's Repayment

Look at the connection between: Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord’” (Romans 12:19), and, “They cried out with a loud voice, ‘O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?’” (Revelation  6:10)

One side shows that God’s children are not to take matters of vengeance into our own hands, because God alone has the right to repay justice for whatever evils have been done to us. The other side shows that the longing to see vengeance regarding the world’s crimes against the church is seen and heard by the one who sits on the throne.

God’s answer to his children’s longing for justice fulfilled is to give them a white robe, and tell them to rest a little longer (Revelation 6:11). This points us to rest in the righteousness we have through faith in Christ, not in circumstantial experiences of people getting what they deserve.

God also assures his children that the number of believers who will be put to death for the sake of the kingdom of heaven is in his hands, not in the hands of their persecutors. While various groups seek to wipe out every remembrance of Christians from the earth, God will decide when his work of offering salvation to the whole world has been fulfilled, when the number of martyrs is complete, and when he will send his Son back into the world.

The ongoing theme is that, no matter what we see of the world’s unbridled attacks on the church, it is God who decides when he will send his Son, bring all his children home, and mete out the justice he has promised. The day of his wrath is coming, and it will fulfill all that qualifies as “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” God’s children can rest in Christ, and wait patiently for that day, for it is only “a little longer” from the viewpoint of the one who sits on the throne.
© 2014 Monte Vigh ~ Box 517, Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8 ~
Unless otherwise noted, Scriptures are from the English Standard Version (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.)

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