The Wrath of God

Sunday evening my brother in law came by and mention this thought, “the wrath of God”.  He heard Alan Harris talk about the wrath of God” leads to eternal hell.  I guess that was what was on his mind.premellenium_scheme_3

It is true that your theological position on the Second Coming of Christ will reflect your interpretation of these text.  Estological

To verses he used 1 Thessalonians 1:10 and 5:9 and Romans 1:18-19.

WHO DELIVERS US FROM THE WRATH TO COME: ton rhuomenon (PMPMSA) hemas ek tes orges tes erchomenes (PMPFSG): (Mt 3:7; Lk 3:7; Heb 10:27) (Jn 3:36, Eph 2:3 Col 3:6)

What I have learned over the years, before you give an interpretation of a verses you should know the interpretation of the verse before you give an interpretation.

If the true were told much of our of hand comments about a verse would not be right.

1Thessalonians 5:9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, (NASB: Lockman)


How does one put on the helmet of salvation? How does salvation give us confidence in the face of God’s wrath, something that some of the Thessalonian believers were fearful that they might experience? These are some of the questions Paul answers in  I Thess. 5:9-10.


Stott introduces this section recalling that…


So far Paul has based how we should behave (awake, alert, self-controlled, well-armed – I Thess. 5:8 on who we are (children of the day and of the light -s 1 TShess 5:5. Now he goes on to base who we are on Who God is and on what He has done for us. He makes two great statements (1Th 5:9, 10). (Stott, J. R. W. The Message of Thessalonians. Leicester, England; Downers Grove, Ill., U.S.A.: Inter-Varsity Press)


Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed  (Present tense)  from heaven against all ungodliness & unrighteousness of men who suppress (PAPMPGthe truth in unrighteousness.”  (NASB: Lockman)


Expositor’s Bible Commentary introduces Romans 1:18-3:20 noting that…

Instead of plunging at once into an exposition of the gospel, Paul launches into a lengthy exposure of the sinfulness of man. This is sound procedure, for until men are persuaded of their lost condition they are not likely to be concerned about deliverance. So Paul undertakes to demonstrate in the human situation a grievous lack of the righteousness God requires. “Within the action of the divine righteousness there is a place for deliverance and for condemnation, a place for salvation and for punishment” (David Hill, Greek Words and Hebrew Meanings [Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1967], p. 90). ( Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testament)


C G Handley Moule eloquently explains that Paul…


…is intent and eager to bring his reader into sight and possession of the fulness of the eternal mercy, revealed and secured in the Lord Jesus Christ, our Sacrifice and Life. But for this very purpose he labours first to expose man to himself; to awaken him to the fact that he is before everything else a sinner; to reverse the Tempter’s spell, and to let him see the fact of his guilt with open eyes. “The Gospel,” someone has said, “can never be proved except to a bad conscience.” If “bad” means “awakened,” the saying is profoundly true. With a conscience sound asleep we may discuss Christianity, whether to condemn it, or to applaud. We may see in it an elevating programme for the race. We may affirm, a thousand times, that from the creed that God became flesh there result boundless possibilities for Humanity. But the Gospel. “the power of God unto salvation,” will hardly be seen in its own prevailing self-evidence, as it is presented in this wonderful Epistle, till the student is first and with all else a penitent. The man must know for himself something of sin as condemnable guilt, and something of self as a thing in helpless yet responsible bondage, before he can so see Christ given for us, and risen for us, and seated at the right hand of God for us, as to say, “There is now no condemnation; Who shall separate us from the love of God? I know whom I have believed.” (Moule, C. G. Handley: The Epistle of St Paul to the Romans) Moule concludes with the following quote…


To the full sight of Christ
there needs a true sight of self, that is to say, of sin.


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