Bible Studies

Sinful Anger and Righteous Anger - and more
(Please understand that these are only "expanded" Bible Study "summaries".)

Righteous Anger of Christ
Mark 3:5 And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.

Unrighteous Anger—Anger of Jealously
Luke 15:27-30 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.

Not commanded to "never" be angry.
Titus 1:7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;

John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

There is righteous anger as well as righteous judgment.

Side Note
Another verse telling us that God does not hear the prayers of unsaved people. He only hears the prayers of those "made righteous" by the Blood of Jesus Christ.

1 Pet 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

More Righteous Anger
Matt 21:12-13 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

This sounds like an "angry" Christ to me. How can you wreck a temple and kick people out, "in love"?

Matt 3:7-8 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

Sounds like an "angry" John the Baptist to me. You gonna call people "snakes in the grass" in love?

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

In the New Testament the words "wrath" and "anger" are synonymous. (equivalent)

Example
Eph 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

Anger is "what we are". Wrath is "what we do" because of that anger. We can be angry and not sin. We can also be angry and sin in "righteous anger" if we harbor grudges because of anger, regardless of what kind of anger it is. The apostle is saying that if you are angry, be sure it is the kind of anger that is not sinful. Let not the sun go down. Even a righteous wrath by overindulgence (excess) may pass all too easily into sin if we give in to the devil.

Eph 4:27 Neither give place to the devil.
Place—give in, give opportunity-give an opening

Even in our righteous anger we should forgive.

2 Cor 2:10-11 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

Satan tries to take advantage of every opportunity, even righteous judgment and righteous anger, to lead us into sin. (Disobedience to God)

Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

We can overcome Satan’s tricks by being strong "in the Lord". We have no strength "of our own". Righteous anger or not, we "must not" let it wreck vengeance on others.

Rom 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

Whenever "teaching " the doctrine of Christ and "reproving" disobedience to that doctrine and "exhorting" (advise strongly, urge earnestly, caution, warn) results in defensive maneuvering in the form of accusations, complaints, slurs, insinuations and faultfinding, then righteous anger should be expected.

Are we told to exhort "so-so" in a nonchalant (unconcerned, uncaring, calm, casual) manner? NO! We are told to advise "strongly" (firm, rigid, unmoving) and urge "earnestly" (seriously, gravely, sternly) Obedience to God’s Word is serious business to Him, AND it should be to us.

Eph 5:6-8 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

Deceive you with vain words
Let none flatter you, as though such things were tolerable and to be allowed of in Christians, or as though they were not very provoking and offensive unto God, or as though you might indulge yourselves in them and yet escape with impunity. (exception, freedom, liberty) These are vain words. (empty, deceitful, dishonest)

Do not be partakers, (have fellowship) or stop having fellowship with them. But rather rebuke them. If a Christian is in fellowship with his Lord, his very life will be a disapproval of the world. We partake with other men in their sins, when we live in the same sinful manner that they do, and consent and agree with their temptations and solicitations, (their practice or habit) to sin. Also when we encourage them in their sins, influence them to sin, and do not prevent and hinder, or teach them, as far as it may be in our power to do so.

Ye were sometimes (at some time-in the past) darkness is a statement concerning the difference between our past and our present. We are to walk as children of light. God always places the fact of our position (In Christ) before us as the basis, or reason for our behavior.

Eph 5:12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

The public discussion of secret sins of those in darkness, or the "communion of sinners", as contrasted, or compared with the Scriptural, or public repentance of sin of those in the Light, or the "communion of saints".

Eph 5:13 But all things that are reproved (rebuked-tell a fault) are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

1 Cor 6:9-11 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

How many "professing" Christians, (claiming to be Christian) live in the above manner today? I say THERE ARE MANY. DO NOT BE DECEIVED BY VAIN WORDS or faulty understanding. If we are Christians God say we will not be fornicators. (infidelity, illicit sexual intercourse) God says we will not be idolaters. (We will not worship other Gods--other masters, other priorities, or preferences above God, such as our jobs, worldly goods, food, drink ect)

God says we will not be adulterers.
We will not "continuously" look upon women with lust, "if ever". (Matt 5:28) AND
Matt 5:32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

God says we will not be effeminate. (Strongs # 3120-defination –soft, fine clothing)

Example
Luke 7:25 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft (# 3120) raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts.

A tough one for me, but could be "cross dressers". Men acting like women and women acting like men

God says we will not be abusers of themselves with mankind. (Sodomites, homosexuals)

God says we will not be thieves. We will not steal or defraud others. We will not cheat or swindle.

God says we will not be covetous. We will not desire that which is not ours. Coveting somebody else’s wife or goods. Eager for gain. Always wanting more and more. Never satisfied.

God says we will not be drunkards, or revilers. (speaking evil of others)

God says we will not be extortioners. We will not blackmail, bribe, or pressure goods from another.

ONE MORE THING
1 Cor 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

This is anyone that is "called" a brother. They "may not be" a brother. We are to judge this kind and disfellowship him. If he really is a brother, the Holy Spirit will bring him to repentance as a result of this action, and we should welcome him back into fellowship.

You see, Christ put His work into our hands and He gave us the Holy Spirit to enable us and help us. We are to do the work that God sent Jesus to do.

John 17:18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

As the Holy Spirit helped Jesus, He also helps us. We are IN CHRIST. Believers are HIS BODY. The HEAD is doing the work through HIS BODY.

Jesus, in the flesh, had the Holy Spirit of God helping Him and directing Him.
Matt 12:18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.

The Spirit of God coming upon Jesus at the beginning of His ministry.
Mark 1:9-10 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:

The Spirit of God coming upon the CHURCH at the beginning of it’s ministry.
Acts 2:3-4 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

More on the Spirit leading and empowering Jesus.
Mark 1:12 And immediately the "Spirit driveth" him into the wilderness.
Driveth—Pull, take, thrust, send, eject.

Matt 4:1 and Luke 4:1 both use "led" by the spirit. It seems Jesus HAD to go as planned by God to be tempted and tested.

Luke 4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was "led by the Spirit" into the wilderness,

Luke 4:14 And Jesus returned in the "power of the Spirit" into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.

Jesus returned from Jordan where he "received the Holy Spirit" and returned to Galilee with the "power of the Spirit". This begins His healing and other miracles. He had this power ONLY AFTER receiving the Spirit of God. You see, Jesus was a man in the flesh, and as a man He needed the Spirit of God to work through Him.

Read John Chapter 17. I believe the most beautiful and moving chapter in the whole Bible.