“…and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come“
who delivers us from the wrath to come
Jesus will deliver Christians “from the wrath to come.” Thessalonian Christians do not have to be delivered from Hell sometime in the future. For them the deliverance is past (John 5:24). This “wrath” is the wrath of the Tribulation just before the Millennium (Revelation 6:17). Jesus delivers believers from this period of Tribulation.
The word “from” indicates that God keeps the church from “wrath.” The word “from” means away from. This means that the church will not go through the future Tribulation period. The Tribulation deals with Israel, with the evangelization of the nation Israel in order to establish the promised Millennial Kingdom for Israel.
It is apparent that Paul deals with the Tribulation as the “wrath” in this verse because his reference is to the Rapture. The Thessalonians did not need to prepare for the Tribulation because Jesus would deliver them from it. Just think of those left behind after the Rapture. The church will not be a conscience to society any longer.
First Thessalonians deals with the coming of Christ in every chapter (1:10; 2:19; 3:13; 4:13-18; 5:23). Each chapter ends with a reference to this event.
A role of the believer is to anticipate the Rapture.
Jesus came to pay for our salvation in His first coming. In the Rapture and Second Coming, He will bring full and final liberation from sin, death and Hell. An important function of every believer is to anticipate the rapture. We rejoice in it. We celebrate it. We place our hope in it. It becomes an ever-present blessing to our souls.
Looking for the Lord to return at any moment will change our lives. It will transform our way of doing things. It will change the way we deal with temptations. If you knew you were going to die in two years, would you change your priorities? Would you do something about broken relationships?
Many of us carry a great amount of spiritual flab. To deal with this, we must admit that we are out of spiritual shape. “There are a few people to whom I take exception. I am out of phase with them. I don’t talk to them anymore. I resent them. I envy others. Deal with me, Lord.”
Do you have animosity, resentment or anger toward some other Christian? Have you come to grips with this? You should not allow it to go on and on. If we expect that the Lord may come at any time, we must not allow ourselves to cherish these sins. We must bury the hatchet. We must shake hands with them. We must forget the past.