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[XTalk] Wrath to come

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  • Philip B. Lewis
    Jeffrey s original message asked in part 2: Or is the idea of the wrath of which Paul speaks something that is so distinctively biblical, and so bound up with
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 31, 2000
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      Jeffrey's original message asked in part 2:
       
      Or is the
      idea of the wrath of which Paul speaks something that is so
      distinctively biblical, and so bound up with  the story of Israel and of
      how Israel's God relates to humanity, that the Thessalonians would not
      have heard about, let alone accepted it, until Paul preached to them and
      taught them to make as their own the ideological/religious framework of
      which the idea is a part?

      Two suggestions come to mind as possibly relevant.  One is that *deliverance from the wrath to come* somewhat parallels the idea in Malachi of *the Day of the Lord* from which Elijah is to reappear to give warning.  The other, more particularly, recalls II Macc.7.37-38 in the seventh son's declaration that his and his brothers' deaths in defense of the Law may effect deliverance from the temporary anger of God for Judea's sins.  The emphasis on Jesus' deliverance from the wrath to come seems parallel to that legend. 
       
      As for "the wrath to come," apocalyptic interpretation of history generally required the idea of God's judgment already imposed and at work - but being held off because of the remarkable faithfulness of an (Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Jesus) until the number of "the elect (Israel, faitrhful believers)" is completed.  Against such a background of thought "th e gospel must first be preached to all nations."
       
      Philip
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