The Only Anger, Vengeance Or Judgment Of God Against Evil Is The Cross Of Christ

God’s anger gets vengeance against evil, judges it and destroys it at, and only at, the cross. Jesus died to accomplish God’s vengeance! God never directly kills any evil angel or person.

O Lord God, to whom VENGEANCE belongeth there, shew thyself. LIFT UP THYSELF, thou JUDGE of the earth: render a reward to the proud. Lord, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph? Ps 94:1-3.

The term “lift up” or “lifted up” in the KJV is always a literal or metaphorical reference to the cross. See John 12:31-33 below.

Now is the JUDGMENT of this world: now shall the prince of this world (Satan) be cast out. And I, if I be LIFTED UP from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die. Notice “lifted up” literally refers to the cross.

The word “Now” in verse 31 refers to the crucial event about to take place within hours of this utterance, the cross of Calvary. At the cross, God’s enemies, led by their Prince, will be judged, suffer God’s vengeance, be condemned, defeated and cast out. Christ at Calvary triumphed over all God’s spiritual enemies. Col 2:15. Taking up the cross daily is also our way of participating in this triumph! Luke 9:23-25; 2 Cor 2:14-16. We defeat evil with kindness and the self-sacrificial love of the cross. We kill the evil in our enemies with kindness by taking up the cross daily. Rom 12:17-21.

Notice in Ps 94:1-3 KJV, the words “vengeance,” “judgment,” and “lifted up” are all apparently connected to the same event. They all simultaneously occurred at Calvary. To repeat for emphasis, the vengeance of God happened at Calvary. There is no vengeance in God outside of that shown at the cross. Also, by that same event, all men are drawn toward Christ and salvation. John 12:31-33. Some refuse Christ crucified. They then suffer the vengeance and judgment of God. They judge themselves by their own response to Christ crucified and raised. Others accept Christ crucified by faith and are saved.

The judgment and vengeance of God is the cross, and only the cross, where evil destroys evil. Evil self-destructs. We see this in Ps 7 below.

In Ps 7:11-12 we find God angry with the wicked every day and threatening that, if the enemy does not turn from his wickedness, God will wet His sword and bend His bow against these enemies. But then we find that God’s anger, bow and sword against His enemies is evil self-destructing at the cross. God’s anger is the cross where evil’s own violence destroys evil. Evil destroys itself at Calvary. Evil self-destructing is God’s anger. See Ps 7:14-16 below.

Behold, he (the evil one) travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. He made a pit, and digged it, and IS FALLEN INTO THE DITCH WHICH HE MADE. His mischief SHALL RETURN UPON HIS OWN HEAD, and HIS VIOLENT DEALING SHALL COME DOWN ON HIS OWN PATE. Satan self-destructed at Calvary.

God never directly takes out any anger, vengeance or judgment against anyone, ever. Heb 2:14; 1 Cor 2:6-8. Evil is always only destroyed indirectly. It is destroyed thru the cross! It was thru death that Jesus destroyed him who had the power of death, that is the devil. Heb 2:14.

Both God’s anger and His love are found in the the same event, the cross of Christ! Anger toward enemies of God at the cross and love there toward God’s friends.

Travis Bryan III

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