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Colossians 3:6

ESV On account of these the wrath of God is coming.
NIV Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.
NASB For it is because of these things that the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience,
CSB Because of these, God’s wrath is coming upon the disobedient,
NLT Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.
KJV For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
NKJV Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience,

What does Colossians 3:6 mean?

In verse 5, Paul listed five sins which Christians are to avoid. In fact, believers are instructed to "put to death" these kinds of evils in their own lives. Here, Paul warns that the sins he has just listed are inviting the wrath of God. Some manuscripts also specify that this wrath is aimed at "the sons of disobedience." According to the Bible, God's wrath is the result of human sin. Jesus taught, "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him" (John 3:36).

In Romans, Paul specifically mentions the "wrath of God" on several occasions (Romans 1:18; 5:9; 12:19), noting that it will come against the ungodly. Those who put trusting faith in Christ, however, will escape this wrath. It is crucial to note that Christians are explicitly told not to seek revenge on earth. We are commanded in no uncertain terms to leave wrath and revenge in the hands of God, not to take it ourselves (Romans 12:19).

The wrath of God is mentioned here, in the book of Romans, Ephesians 5:6, John 3:36, and the book of Revelation (Revelation 14:10; 14:19; 15:1, 7; 16:1; 19:15). The references in Revelation appear to be associated with the seven-year tribulation period. During this time, many judgments will take place on the earth, concluding with the return of Christ. At that point, Jesus will "will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty" (Revelation 19:15).
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