“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9)
This verse clearly says we are not appointed to wrath. WHAT wrath? That sounds so fierce. If God is going to hit me with wrath, I would not get back up. So, what wrath is it?
“And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, [even] Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.” 1 Thessalonians 1:10
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” Romans 5:8-9
(**SIDE NOTE: If you get a chance to read all of Romans 5, do. WOW oh WOW what an amazing chapter!)
If any of you have seen the Left Behind movies, you understand a little of “the wrath that is to come.” Revelations is written for that administration. We see however, in this verse and many others, that we are saved from that wrath the day Jesus Christ returns.
Imagine, having all the light and savour of God’s knowledge extracted from the world. At first, the residual blessing will still be there, but after a while– with no one to pray and intercede on God’s behalf or on behalf of his saints– the devil will wreak havoc on this world. This will be the devil’s last chance for revenge on a race of beings that God promoted above him. There will be disease, earthquakes fires and problems with the economy. Yeah. I’m glad I won’t have to see it.
What’s your appointment with God then?
If we’re not appointed to wrath, and Thessalonians is written to believers, then we must be appointed to blessing…right?
Come with me.
“Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath (already) blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world (overthrow of the cosmos), that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us (appointed, he knew in his foreknowledge about us) unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,” Ephesians 1:3-5
Isn’t that a juicy morsel!!? WOW! God already blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places. He chose us before the overthrow of the cosmos! He appointed us to the adoption of Jesus Christ to himself and all because He wanted a family! WOW! Isn’t that awesome! When God does something, he goes ALL THE WAY! Take a second and look around you. Isn’t the micro universe of your own body enough to make you sigh in wonder at His greatness? He created your body with a hormone, that knows when you’re looking in a loved ones’ eyes, and then it releases to cause trust, intimacy, and love? How much less wonderful is the mechanical process of creating the gravitational pull of the universe! This is a BIG GOD! He’s big enough to take care of the smallest details and he appointed us. Whoa…that’s heavy.
So what do we do with all this?
“For we are His workmanship (masterpiece), created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
Wow! What a wonderful assignment from our Father. He made you, saved you, called you, blessed you, and now He would like you to what? Walk in the greatness of that call to blessing, with good works. Not just any good works, His good work. Could it be any simpler? He blesses us with an abundant life and when we have that, we give away out of that which we have. This is what it all comes down to.
“We love him, because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)
God bless you all today and Happy Easter everyone!
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