God Is Not Angry With You

God Is Not Angry With You

Did you know, because of what Christ accomplished on the cross, it’s impossible for God to be angry with humanity?

I’m not saying He has never gotten angry.

But we often forget that a big shift has taken place because of the cross.

We all know Isaiah 53 the famous messianic passage of Isaiah. But we often stop reading there.

As we keep reading we come into Isaiah 54 where God says the following in verse 9

“For this is like the waters of Noah to Me;
For as I have sworn
That the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth,
So have I sworn
That I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.

Isaiah 54:9

That’s right… God has SWORN never to be angry with us or to rebuke us in Christ!

Wow!

Did He Really Mean It?

What makes me laugh about that is God just swore it.

Now if there was ever a guy who didn’t need to swear things it would be God. I mean He’s a pretty trustworthy guy not being able to lie and all that!

So when God swears something is the case we better listen up!

As Isaiah explains the fruit of Christ’s death on the cross, he states that God will never get angry with us! Nor will He rebuke us!

We seem to struggle with this concept in the church, for some reason we love the angry God.

People show this by just how angry they get over the saying “God is in a good mood.”

Is God Really In A Good Mood?

Say that phrase around an evangelical Christian and prepare to get bashed over the head with 100 random OT Bible verses.

Hell hath no fury like an evangelical who is told their angry God might not exist.

But the truth is that God is in a good mood.

His work of reconciling man to Himself on the cross has put Him in an eternal good mood!

Sin can never again stand in the way of us enjoying Him and Him enjoying us…

That is unless you choose to believe that sin is still an issue to God. If you think God is mad at you, don’t be surprised if you end up viewing Him as an angry God.

We have done this since time began.

We have made God in our image.

God Is Bigger Than We Think

But God is so much bigger than we are. While sin was insurmountable for us it was more than surmountable for God.

God’s not worried about sin. Sure it was a huge deal. But our emphasis must be on the “was”.

Sin is not the issue any more. Our faith is the issue.

We must embrace the fact that God has overcome sin. That He lavishly loves us and accepts us in the midst of our sin. If we do this, we will discover a God who is much better than we could ever have imagined.

A God who is not angry with us but rather loves us so much that sin got what was coming to it!

Who’s your daddy?

So my question to you is, do you have an angry God who is counting your every sin and demanding you change?

Or do you have a loving Father who cared so much for you that He forever destroyed your sin on the cross and accepts you right where you are?

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21 Comments

  1. In the knowing of the truth comes then the inept reality that I can know longer except the propaganda, Now the Good News leads me on a straight path in green grass next to still waters.

  2. Nice article Phil, but what about Hebrews 12:5-11 that talks about God disciplining His children. The text says “not to lose heart when he rebukes you.” What do you make of this concept?

    • Hey Weston – if you look up in the Greek you’ll see that word translated as “rebuke” is the Greek word elegcho which means to bring something to light. It can also be translated as convict or rebuke… at it’s root it best means to convince someone of something by bringing the fact to light.

      There is no punishment in the word used there in Heb 12:5 – it is for our discipline, although we should note again that word in the Greek for discipline means “child training” – it’s a discipline of helping not punishment.

      The word in Isaiah has an angry connotation – in fact it’s paired with the word anger so they aren’t really one and the same although many translators will choose to use the same word “rebuke” to describe them both.

      Hope that helps.

    • Hey I don’t really understand your question.

      Can you explain? I have thoughts on the verses but I don’t see how they relate to this article itself so don’t want to give an answer to a question you aren’t asking :)

      • In Matthew 7:21, we see people who did works in his name, but yet christ claims not to have known them. First, we have to assume that they are in Christ. But yet he said depart from me. John 2:23-24 says people believed in his name yet Jesus did not trust himself with them. Also we have to assume that this people to some level believed in Jesus. Now, my question since you say God is not angry with our sin, does that mean that if we died when we sin, though we are in christ, he will still forgive us?

        • Hello Abiodun, your very passages strongly supports what Phil is teaching . In Matthew 7:21, they came to Jesus claiming they should be accepted based on works ( prophecy and casting out demons), they did not make recourse to christ and his sacrifice. That is faithlessness in whatever christ did on the cross as a basis for them to enter. So, like us, if we put our faith in anything else apart from christ( how much good we can do, how much souls we can save or how much anything etc) , our eternal destiny is in jeopardy as ”whatever is not of faith is sin( Romans 14:23)

          • Thanks for sharing that Peter! It’s amazing how easy it is to read scripture upside down when we read our own beliefs into the scriptures.

        • Hi Abiodun,

          Let me paste in something I sent out to my newsletter this week – it might help you with these passages:

          Matthew 7:21-23:

          21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

          A lot of people have concerns about this happening to them if they “practice lawlessness”.

          I want to encourage you if you’ve ever thought that – that’s not what this passage about.

          The passage is actually attacking this idea. It’s saying that “doing” the right thing will not get you into God’s good books.

          Here we see people that are doing the right things. They are delivering people and prophesying… and in Jesus’ name to boot!

          But that’s not the point, Jesus says – “I never KNEW you.”

          Jesus’ primary interest in you is not what you do. He’s interested in knowing you. In having relationship with you! What you do is always secondary to your relationship with God.

          When we put relationship first we won’t practice lawlessness. (Note: The Greek for this word is iniquity/wickedness)

          When we put our works first we won’t experience relationship and will end up in iniquity.

          So my encouragement for you this week is… you are safe, you are secure, just enjoy being with Christ, in Christ and let Him work through you.

  3. Thanks so much for writing this, Phil! I’m always shocked to be confronted with how IMPOSSIBLY GOOD God is. I feel like I really believe it, and then I read this and am thrown into another whirlwind of denial and rushing joy. Love you bro!

    • Love you too Ethan! I don’t think we’ll ever stop underestimating His goodness! That in itself is good news!

  4. These Scriptures were a real help to me this morning, as I am working my way through Revelation yet one more time. Thank you.

    And at that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven. Revelation 8:17

    Today I was reading Isaiah, after Isaiah describes the saving work of Christ the Messiah, there is a promise of God:
    Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him;
    he has put him to grief;
    when his soul makes[an offering for guilt,
    he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
    the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
    Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
    by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
    make many to be accounted righteous,
    and he shall bear their iniquities.
    Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,
    and he shall divide the spoil with the strong
    because he poured out his soul to death
    and was numbered with the transgressors;
    yet he bore the sin of many,
    and makes intercession for the transgressors.
    “This is like the days of Noah to me:
    as I swore that the waters of Noah
    should no more go over the earth,
    so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you,
    and will not rebuke you.
    For the mountains may depart
    and the hills be removed,
    but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
    and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,”
    says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

    And somehow there is this promise, I will not be angry with you. His wrath was poured down upon His beloved One, who bore the iniquities of us all.

    And the great mystery is that The LORD God, Creator of the Universe, will stop at nothing to receive glory and honour from all. And indeed the mountains may thrown into the sea and a third of the sea shall be turned to blood. But His steadfast love shall not depart.

    And John was told to prophesy, to remind us yet more time about many peoples and nations and languages and kings–a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

    His steadfast love shall not depart from you,
    and His covenant of peace shall not be removed,

      • It’s interesting that scripture says “he shall bear their iniquities”. and in Matt 7 in KJV it uses that same word. For every believer would that be past tense or future also? I AM NOT SAYING IT’S OK TO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS (OR INIQUITY). It’s just very interesting what that verse means from Isaiah and others like it.

  5. Love this article! With regard to Abiodun’s questions above, my conclusion is that each of us human beings has two natures, two operating systems vying for dominion within our soul, and our conscious mind tends to go from one to another, depending on our habits, patterns, generational inherited package, focus, etc…
    The old man, “flesh,’ in Adam one isn’t getting out of this gig alive, and the new one, the new man, Spirit, in Christ one isn’t subject to death…the sheep and the goats, the wheat and the tares, are comparing these, and the results that ensue from investing our focus in one or the other…

    • Thanks for sharing Chuck.

      Yup, the sinful nature was done away with on the cross… but Paul says repeatedly that we need to watch not to raise that nature again and go back to trying to be self-righteous.

      Rather we are to rest in our new nature. Our righteous nature and rest in His gift of righteousness.

  6. I have just downloaded the e-book titled “You do not have a Sinful Nature” I want to look it over before making a comment! But to be honest with you it does not seem at first look to go along with what I read in Romans 6, 7 and 8. Perhaps after reading it I may see it differently. I feel as though a lot of the statements I am seeing today are very contradictory to what is being said in the WHOLE OF SCRIPTURE! How is it possible that for centuries men and women have interpreted this all wrong? Some of the brightest theological minds have just been wrong in their interpretation of scripture all of these many years? Maybe, but it really does seem a bit hard to believe!

    • Thanks for commenting Don.

      Hope you enjoy the book.

      I think we all fall into the trap of “how can we have been wrong for centuries” regarding a lot of our theological views.

      We forget that our side of the story is often the only side we hear.

      With this topic the large majority of early church father would side on the side of there being no sinful nature in the believer. On top of that there have been hundreds of very well regarded voices throughout history that hold to this view. It’s far from the only view and in the evangelical church its a very rare view – probably only 10-20% of the church although that number is changing at an astonishingly fast rate.

      As far as the whole of scripture goes – I think that’s the thing that led me to write the book… it is extremely hard to preach hermeneutically from scripture that Christians have a sinful nature. In fact it’s simply not in there. It requires us to read just a verse or two here and there out of context to create a sinful nature.

      Hope you enjoy the book – even if you totally disagree it will give you something to think about :)

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