1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 – “…you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God, 10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.”
When someone has an original idea, we give them ownership rights through a patent. A patent is a form of intellectual property that gives its owner the legal right to exclude others from making, using, or selling their coming invention.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them. He has put his patent on this earth, inviting mankind to enjoy what He has made along with Him. Jesus Christ has legal rights to object to mankind using His creation in a way contrary to His will.
There is a day of retribution coming where people will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power (2 Thess. 1:9). However, the Lord is patient, not willing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). Jesus wants to rescue everyone from the wrath to come. He is calling all Christians to be prepared to give reason for our hope in Christ with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).
Are you continually rejoicing in Christ’s goodness to save you from the wrath to come? Are you daily praying and preparing to persuade others to come to Jesus for salvation?
Heavenly Father, I’m so grateful that you’ve rescued me from satan, sin, and death through Jesus Christ. Lord, help me to remain sober to the reality there is a wrath to come. Prepare my heart each morning to share the hope I have in you with gentleness and respect. Amen.