United Reformed Church

805 Sunrise Avenue

Sanborn, Iowa


Repentance and the Wrath of God

The very first note sounded by the Son of God in His public ministry was that of repentance. It is said significantly: "From that time Jesus began to preach and to say: Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Mat 4:17). The apostle Paul told the Athenians that God "commandeth all men everywhere to repent, because he hath appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness" (Acts 17:30,31) and he summarised his career as a preacher by asserting that he had "showed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance" (Acts 26:20). It can hardly be denied that the call to repentance does not resound nearly as loudly from the pulpits of our day as from Scripture, even from many relatively conservative pulpits it comes but feebly. What accounts for this notable difference between the preaching contained in the Bible and the preaching of today? One explanation is that the Word of God takes sin incomparably more seriously than does the modern pulpit. But underneath that fact lies another. The reason why Scripture takes sin so much more seriously than does present-day preaching is that it takes God so much more seriously. What makes all sin exceedingly sinful is that it constitutes an affront to the completely sovereign, perfectly holy and absolutely just God. For the sinner to fall into the hands of the living God, who is a consuming fire, becomes a fearful thing (Heb 10:31, 12:29). If he does not repent, there awaits him a certain fearful looking for of judgement and fiery indignation which will devour him (Heb10:27). By: R.B. Kuiper

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Minister: Rev. Dan


Study Phone:

  1. (712)729-3789

Home Phone:

(712) 729-5366

Sunday Worship


Morning: 9:30 a.m.

Evening: 6:30 p.m.

(Nursery Provided)