The Wrath Of God Is Satisfied | 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10
The Bible tells us “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” in 1 John 5:19. According to John 8:44, he is a murderer by nature and intends to destroy those he holds captive. But “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). He does that by rescuing people from Satan’s domain of darkness and transferring them to His kingdom, where they have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Col. 1:13-14). Here is what we must understand God uses us, those that are His people, to go into enemy territory with the powerful weapon of the gospel of Jesus Christ to liberate those who are being held captive by the evil enemy.
This is precisely what the apostle Paul did in the city of Thessalonica. He came under enemy attack but was able to rescue some. This daring mission of Paul set the city into an uproar. They accused him and his co-workers as being men who had turned the world upside down. Oral was forced to leave after just a few weeks of ministry, where the newly liberated people would face the angry opposition of those who were content with the former evil regime.
A short time later, Paul wrote them a letter which his what we have in our Bible as 1 Thessalonians. So I would ask that if you are willing and able, would you please stand out of respect for God’s word as we read 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10.
Paul begins the whole letter by thanking God for what He had done in these people’s hearts and by commending them for the example of their transformed lives, which was being spoken of everywhere in that region. Before Paul could even say anything, people would tell him how the Thessalonians had “turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God.”
Here is the point of today’s message in this not-so-typical easter sermon “the risen Christ satisfies God’s wrath and offers salvation to all who believe in Him.” I am going to break that statement down into three vital lessons for us this morning.