There is a marked difference between persecution, hardship, losses such as Job endured, and the utter execution of God’s wrath. This confusion stems primarily from the western methodical / scholastic approach to biblical interpretive tradition.
A good example of this confusion is found in discussions regarding dead works (Hebrews 6:1 and Hebrews 9:14 verses good works (Titus 3:8, Eph 2:10). What do these two works consist off? Are dead works those that a person does to be justified and/or stay righteous in God’s sight as well as others – such as were done maintaining the Mosaic laws? What are Good works?
Titus3:14 And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful.
Eph 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Heb 6:1 Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,
Heb 9:14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Now we come back to the wrath of God – the utter execution of God’s wrath…
Which is being spoken here in these verses?
1Th 5:9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
1Th 1:10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
What of current afflictions – are they God’s utter wrath?
1Th 3:3 that no one should be shaken by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we are appointed to this.
1Th 3:4 For, in fact, we told you before when we were with you that we would suffer tribulation, just as it happened, and you know.
Of God’s utter wrath…
Rev 19:9 Then he said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!' " And he said to me, "These are the true sayings of God."
Rev 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
Rev 19:11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
Rev 19:12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.
Rev 19:13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
Rev 19:14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.
Rev 19:15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
Isa 26:20 Come, my people, enter your chambers, And shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, Until the indignation is past.
Isa 26:21 For behold, the LORD comes out of His place To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; The earth will also disclose her blood, And will no more cover her slain.
1Th 4:15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.
1Th 4:16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
1Th 4:17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
1Th 4:18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
Verses from the NKJV
There is a marked difference between persecution, hardship, losses such as Job endured, and the utter execution of God’s wrath. This confusion stems primarily from the western methodical / scholastic approach to biblical interpretive tradition. So to even demostrate this more, if readers would like, there maybe post posted debating this soon and therefore watch and read...
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