The Faithfulness of God

In Romans, Paul stresses the “righteousness of God” revealed in the gospel. It is the “power of God for salvation to everyone who believes,” and a “righteousness” that is being proclaimed throughout the earth to “Jews and Greeks” alike.

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His disciples escape God’s “wrath” but endure “tribulation” to which they have been “appointed”1 Thessalonians 3:1-4.

In the New Testament, the terms “tribulation” and “wrath” are NOT synonymous. “Tribulation” is what disciples endure for the sake of Jesus, but “wrath” is the horrific fate awaiting the wicked at the “end of the age,” the “second death,” which unrepentant sinners and apostates endure on account of their iniquities and betrayals.

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Already, Jesus is “rescuing” his people from the coming “wrath” that will befall the unrighteous when he arrives1 Thessalonians 1:10.

From its inception, the congregation at Thessalonica had experienced hostility. Out of concern for their welfare, Paul sent Timothy to determine how the church was faring under persecution. His letter to the Thessalonians begins with his thankfulness for their perseverance, and then he reassures them that Jesus will rescue his people from a far worse fate than any present “tribulation.”

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The ingathering of the “grapes” represents the “wrath of God” on all men who have taken the “mark of the beast” – Revelation 14:17-20

Next, Revelation presents the ingathering of the “fruit of the vine,” which is now pressed in the “winepress of the God’s wrath,” the fate of all men who gave allegiance to the “beast” and received its “mark.” Faithful “saints” were gathered into the “sanctuary of God,” but the “inhabitants of the earth” are now “tread underfoot” in His winepress.

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Just as sinners await the future judgment of God, so believers wait to receive their full salvation at the resurrectionRomans 1:16-23.

In Romans, Paul introduced the “gospel” that he was proclaiming to the Christians residing in the city of Rome. This “glad message” was promised centuries earlier in the Hebrew scriptures, a message concerning the Messiah, the Son of God, which has now been revealed to all the nations in Jesus Christ – both to “Jew and Greek.”

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