18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men … (Romans 1).
Even as God’s righteousness is unveiled through the faith of men, so is His wrath unveiled through their lack of faith, i.e. their ungodliness and unrighteousness. Jesus said it Himself: “… he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John3:18), and “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36).
Thus, everyone alive or already dead is either righteous or unrighteous, and thus everyone is experiencing one of two things: either God’s grace or God’s wrath. They have God’s righteousness living in them, working out faith and obedience (verse 17), or they have God’s wrath abiding on them, allowing them to continue in their disbelief and disobedience (verse 18).
Lord, I am so grateful Your righteousness — and not Your wrath — is being unveiled in my life! I do not deserve it, and I never will. I am so grateful the same can be said of those at St. John’s Baptist Church. On This Day may this hope spur us all on to godly and righteous living. Amen.