Appointed for Wrath or Salvation? (Fri, Nov. 20)

The word of the day is “appoint.”  In our reading of 1 Thessalonians 5:9-13, 24-28, St. Paul assures the congregation at Thessalonica of God’s benevolent intentions for them.   The Apostle writes, “For God did not appoint us to wrath but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” (vs. 9). Paul has just warned his flock against the sleep of complacency and carelessness as they wait for the return of Christ.  But he quickly adds that God has no desire to catch them in the darkness of sin (vs. 9). Paul reassures the believers in this bustling city that they are not appointed to “wrath.” The Greek word for “wrath” refers to the strongest of passions, the burning anger of…