Rev 16:6 KJV – “For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.”
Divine retribution. To give based upon what was given. This is the basic principle we see in this text. Here, we see that those who shed the blood of the saints and prophets was given retribution by receiving blood to drink. They shed blood… they were given blood in return.
Another very familiar passage that speaks about divine retribution is found in Galatians 6:7-8. In this passage, we come face to face with the two great results borne when the doctrine of divine retribution is denied… Man is deceived and God is mocked…
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”
WOW. To deny the principle of divine retribution is to be deceived. In other words, a man who does not believe in divine retribution has been led astray, he has gone off course, he is aimlessly drifting without a path to follow.
Stop and think about the ill effects of not believing that we are held accountable for our sins. One of the greatest motivations that drive men to Christ is the knowledge that their sins will be judged. If there is no divine retribution, there is no purpose for the Lake of Fire, no separation from God for an eternity, and no danger in dying while yet in our sins. Why seek forgiveness and restitution with God when, really, our sins will not be reckoned unto us?
The second great result of denying divine retribution is the mockery of God. It is to ridicule God, scoffing at Him and jeering Him. Basically, to deny divine retribution is to say…
“Lord, you stand back and take no action against those who commit heinous sin. They will never stand before the bar of divine justice, they will get off scot free. You are unjust and unable to punish those who disobey you”
“When you tell us to refrain from sin, you are being entirely selfish. Since we will feel no results to our actions, you are not helping us in any way by restricting our activities. We can do what we want, when we want, with no harm coming our way. Therefore, the only reason you warn us away from sin, is for your benefit and your benefit alone. You are simply a selfish, cosmic killjoy that works for your benefit alone.”
Ridicule. Mockery. Blaspheming at its finest.
May we never be found guilty of the most heinous sin of denial of sin’s results and the need for salvation from sin. Most of us would say… of course, we would never deny such a clear Biblical truths. If this is so, why then are we silent, when lost men all around us are dying and facing retribution for their sins?
Although most of us mentally acknowlege the existance of God’s punishment against sin… there are many of us who, through our actions, deny that which we claim to believe.
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