Already, Jesus is “rescuing” his people from the coming “wrath” that will befall the unrighteous when he arrives – 1 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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In the first half of Romans, Paul presents his “gospel” by arguing from plight to solution. It is the “power of God for salvation, both to the Jew and the Greek.” Because of sin, two forces are at work in the world – righteousness and wrath. In his Son, God has provided salvation for men and women, a solution to the desperate plight of humanity that is available to all, and on the same basis, both to Jew and to Gentile – “from faith.”
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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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SYNOPSIS – Just as sinners await the future judgment of God, so believers are waiting to receive their full salvation at the resurrection – Romans 1:16-23.
In his epistle to the Romans, Paul introduced his ministry and the “gospel” he proclaimed to Christians residing in the city of Rome. This “gospel” or “glad message” had been promised centuries earlier in the Hebrew scriptures, a message concerning the Son of God, but has now been revealed to all the nations in Jesus Christ, to both “Jew and Greek.”
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SYNOPSIS – Paul anticipates receiving a “crown of glory” at the return of Jesus – The salvation of believers in Thessalonica – 1 Thessalonians 2:19.
Events forced Paul to leave the city of Thessalonica prematurely – Certain members of the local synagogue were fomenting opposition to him so that it became necessary for him to leave the city. Initially, some Jews from the synagogue welcomed his preaching; however, they turned against him once large numbers of Gentiles began to embrace the gospel – (Acts 17:1-9).
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In his epistle to the Romans, Paul introduces himself to Christians residing in that city: “Paul, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, called apostle, separated for the Gospel.” This “good news” was promised in Israel’s scriptures and concerned God’s Son:
“Who came to be of the seed of David according to the flesh, was marked off as the Son of God by power, according to a Spirit of Holiness, by means of a resurrection out from among the dead” (Romans 1:1-4). Continue reading Righteousness and Wrath Revealed in the Gospel