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New City Catechism - Question 18
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Posted by Paul Tautges, Senior Pastor


New City Catechism - Question 18


Q18: Will God allow our disobedience and idolatry to go unpunished?


A: No, every sin is against the sovereignty, holiness, and goodness of God, and against his righteous law, and God is righteously angry with our sins and will punish them in his just judgment both in this life, and in the life to come.


KIDS’ ANSWER: No, God is righteously angry with our sins and will punish them both in this life, and in the life to come.



Romans 1:18 "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.”


ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURES TO READ: John 3:16-21; Ephesians 5:6-14; Romans 10:4



The righteousness of God is the outworking of His holiness and the ground of His justice. In other words, because God is holy (unique, set apart, distinct), He has established a standard of perfect righteousness which his creation must meet, or punishment will follow to those who fall short (Romans 3:23). This punishment is referred to as wrath. In this week’s memory verse, it is made clear that God’s wrath is against all ungodliness in mankind who has willfully rejected Him. The demand for holiness is so programmed into our conscience by God that man—in his rebellion against God—continually suppresses (holds down) the truth of God. Man does this in order to keep the truth from penetrating his conscience and convicting him to repent. As the Gospel of John says, man naturally loves darkness rather than light because his deeds are evil (John 3:19-20). In contrast, followers of Jesus Christ were once children of wrath (Ephesians 2:3-5), but are now commanded to walk in the light of the Lord (Ephesians 5:8).


The Bible truth that God punishes all sin creates a problem for each and every one of us. We have all broken God’s law in numerous ways, but even if we had only broken it once in our entire life we would still be guilty as a lawbreaker (James 2:10). As a lawbreaker, then, we must be punished in this life and the life to come. Thankfully, according to His mercy and through the gospel, the lawmaker (God) willingly placed Himself under the law (Galatians 4:4), in order to fulfill the Law so that all who become connected to Him by faith are pardoned. In the words of the apostle, God the Father made God the Son the sin offering so that—when we come to Jesus in repentant faith—His righteousness is given to us in exchange for our sin (meditate on 2 Corinthians 5:21). Have you turned from sin to Jesus? Do you possess His righteousness, which becomes the ground of your pardon?




We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus by faith are born of the Holy Spirit, become children of God, and are saved for eternity.  (Heb. 9:22;     Mt. 26:28; 1 Pet. 1:18,19; Rom. 3:24, 25; Rom. 5:19, 18; Jn. 1:12; 3:16; Eph. 2:8,9)


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