As we approach the return of Jesus Christ, the only preparation the ungodly of this world and kingdom have in mind is to take counsel against God and his people, and while occupying itself with plans to destroy God’s people, they are ignoring the warning of pending judgment.
The bible said in truth, Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” It means, because of our sin, we are losing out on God’s glory or to share in God’s glory. Again meaning, we are marked for destruction because of our explosion from God’s coming kingdom. However, immediately after confirming, we are sinners missing out on God’s glory, and that because of our rebellion against God, are expelled from the kingdom of God. The bible also told us; we are justified by the grace of God.
This means we are justified in acting on God’s grace to save our lives, and to do what is necessary according to the provision of God in and through Jesus Christ to escape God’s wrath. It also means, based upon God’s grace to have revealed his hand to judge the world, we have the right based upon that revelation to plan our escape.
And in relationship to Psalm one, this was the attitude of the blessed man toward the revelation of God. He upon discovering God’s plan laid out in the law began to make preparation to escape the wrath of God. However, to escape God’s wrath, he will need to obey the instruction of God on how to prepare. And John speaking with those coming to be baptized by him, also spoke concerning God’s coming judgment.
John asks those in attendance. That is the enemy of God. Matthew 3:7 “But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who has warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
“Who had warned thee to flee from the wrath to come.” There was and is a coming judgment, and to escape this judgment, we will need to obey God’s word, and the only means of escape we have is to honor the Son of God Jesus Christ.
But like the ungodly, these Pharisees and the Sadducees weren’t at John’s baptism to honor Christ or to be baptized. They were there to persecute John, the blessed man, and those coming to be baptized.
And like the ungodly in Psalm one, they are separated for destruction on account of their own failures. And why will these vipers not stand in the congregation of the righteous? It is because of their unbelief and refusal to take advantage of the grace of God, God’s revelation of a coming judgment. God’s grace is the revelation he is about to judge the world and ungodly men, and the opportunity is to plan our escape in Christ.