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Retribution

RETRIBUTION. The word is not found in Scripture, but the idea is expressed in reference to the wrath of God, vengeance, punishment, and judgment when God “will give to each person according to what he has done” (Rom.2.6). The concept reminds us not to be so fully engrossed in the grace of the gospel that we overlook God’s judgment on the impenitent sinner (Rom.1.18). Retribution is the natural outcome of sin (Gal.6.7-Gal.6.8), the thought of which was reflected in [[John the Baptist]]’s warning to “flee from the coming wrath” (Matt.3.7; Luke.3.7; cf. 1Thess.1.10). One of the NT’s most terrible references is to “the wrath of the Lamb” (Rev.6.16).