“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. “
Our hope is reasonable because it is in harmony with the act and intention of God for us. Here are three points to ponder:
1. The nature of salvation (v.9a). We are not appointed (set, put, placed) for wrath but for the completion of our salvation. Salvation is the realization of a definite goal. God acted in His own interest, according to His own will and good pleasure, in appointing us unto salvation according to His gracious intention for us. The wrath we will escape is His judgment upon sinners in the coming day of judgment. His divine wrath against sin is not our future, not because of any goodness of our own but because of His infinite goodness in providing a way of escape for all mankind. Wrath is the destiny of all who reject Jesus Christ.
In an eschatologic side note, it would also seem clear that believers will not have any part in the coming Tribulation (Rev. 6:15-17; 14:10; 19:15). We are looking not for the day of judgment, but for the coming of Jesus and deliverance from the very presence of sin. What a day that will be!
We are appointed, praise the Lord, for the completion of our salvation which is described as being eternal fellowship with Christ (v. 10; also 4:17b).
I was talking with my mom yesterday. She turned 87 last week, and she’s not physically well. She gets discouraged sometimes, waiting to go home to heaven. Her husband is there, and her only son and one of her grandsons. She longs to see them again, and she longs most of all to see the Lord. This is our blessed hope; this is what we long for and look forward to with all our hearts when we are in right relationship with God. The culmination of our lives here on earth is that great Commencement Day when we go to be forever with Him. Maybe today!
Two more points to ponder tomorrow.