112. Not appointed for wrath.
We would be surprised to see the numerous references in the Bible concerning the coming wrath because it is not just a probability but an absolute certainity! We better be warned! When John saw the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them, "Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance." (Matthew 3:7-8) 'But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgements will be revealed. God will give to each person according to what he has done.' (Romans 2:5-6) 'The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness ...' (1:18) 'But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew (and for the Christan), then for the Gentile ... For God does not show favouritism.' (Romans 2:8-11)
However, we who have 'turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead - Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.' (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10) We are not appointed for wrath, as some teach that the Church will go through the Tribulation. Surely, there will be trouble and distress for those who claim to be Christians but does evil, as they will find themselves left behind! 'For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.' (1 Thessalonians 5:9) 'Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him?' ( Romans 5:9) Amen.