The Necessary Wrath of God
Colossians 3:5-6 ESV
Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
 On account of these the wrath of God is coming.
The wrath of God is coming, and has already come and taking place right now, on those who died without being saved and born again.
If you have not been born again, when your death comes, and it will come, then the wrath of God abides on you already, until and if you get saved and born again. You must be born again.
You see folks…a lost person is in very serious trouble until he is born again by The Spirit of God. A lost person is condemned already, because he has not believed…and Gods wrath abides on him until and if that lost person is saved.
John 3:35-36 NKJV
The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand.  He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
Those who have died in a lost state, are under the eternal wrath of God in hell right this minute and for evermore.
This is a subject ignored by most believers because they will not study the Bible and believe what it says.
Perhaps we shy away from it because of the violent emotions and behavior we frequently associate with the word wrath when used of sinful human beings. We’re reluctant, rightly so, to attribute that same attitude and activity to God.
I suspect, however, that the more basic reason we avoid or ignore the subject is that we simply don’t think of our sinfulness as warranting that degree of judgment. We think we are good people. Just ask anybody and the majority will tell you they think they will go to heaven. Continue to probe and ask them why, and most likely you will hear from them, because I’m a good person. Most people will tell you that they don’t believe a loving God will send a person to hell for eternity.
Frankly, most people don’t think they’re that bad. A divine reprimand or an occasional slap on the wrist may be needed, but an outpouring of divine wrath? Eternity in hell, that’s much too severe. Perhaps another reason we avoid the subject is that we don’t want to think of our nice, decent, but unbelieving neighbors and relatives as subject to God’s wrath. We don’t want to believe our lost loved ones who have died and gone on to eternity, have the possibility of being in hell for eternal punishment.
The Bible, however, doesn’t give us that option. Again and again it asserts that the wrath of God is expressed in both temporal and eternal judgment.
Although God’s wrath does not contain the sinful emotions associated with human wrath, it does contain a fierce intensity arising from his settled opposition to sin and his determination to punish it. God, by the very perfection of his moral nature, cannot be anything else but angry at sin. Not only because of its destructiveness to humans, but, more important, because of its assault on his divine majesty and Holiness. It’s the necessary response of God to uphold his moral authority in his universe. Otherwise, God would have punished and poured out wrath on His Son Jesus Christ for nothing. Think about that. Jesus was not crucified in vain, but for the sins of mankind, so we may be reconciled to God. Jesus Christ, Gods Son, is the remedy and payment for our sins.
Universalism, is the belief that everyone will be saved. There are many people today who hold to universal salvation and believe that all people eventually end up in heaven. Perhaps it is the thought of men and women living a life of eternal torment in hell that causes some to reject the teaching of Scripture on this issue. For some it is an over-emphasis on the love and compassion of God and the neglect of the righteousness and justice of God that leads them to believe God will have mercy on every living soul. But the Scriptures do teach that lost people will spend eternity in hell.
First of all, the Bible is clear that unredeemed lost men will dwell forever in hell. Jesus’ own words confirm that the time spent in heaven for the redeemed will last as long as that of the unredeemed in hell. Matthew 25:46 says, “Then they [the unsaved] will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” According to this verse, the punishment of the unsaved is just as eternal as the life of the righteous. Some believe that those in hell will eventually cease to exist, but the Lord Himself confirms that it will last forever. Matthew 25:41 and Mark 9:44 describe hell as “eternal fire” and “unquenchable fire.”
How does one avoid this unquenchable fire? Many people believe that all roads”all religions and beliefs”lead to heaven, or they consider that God is so full of love and mercy that He will allow all people into heaven. God is certainly full of love and mercy; it was these qualities that led Him to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to die on the cross for us. Jesus Christ is the exclusive door that leads to an eternity in heaven. Acts 4:12 says, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” “There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus’ (1 Timothy 2:5). In John 14:6, Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” If we choose to reject God’s Son, we do not meet the requirements for salvation (John 3:16, 18, 36).
With verses such as these, it becomes clear that universalism and universal salvation are unbiblical beliefs. Universalism directly contradicts what Scripture teaches. While many people accuse Christians of being intolerant and “exclusive,” it is important to remember that these are the words of Christ Himself. Christians did not develop these ideas on their own; Christians are simply stating what the Lord has already said. People choose to reject the message because they do not want to face up to their sin and admit that they need the Lord to save them. To say that those who reject God’s provision of salvation through His Son will be saved is to belittle the holiness and justice of God and negate the need of Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf.