And to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. 1 Thessalonians 1:10
The words discipline and punishment both occur in the New Testament. Discipline is directed toward believers, while punishment refers to actions toward the ungodly. Discipline means “child training”—how God trains us as His children to walk in righteousness.
This “big idea”—the difference between discipline and punishment—is another reason for expecting that God’s people will not go through the seven-year Tribulation at the end of this age. That period is for judgment of the nations, led by the Antichrist, who have rebelled against God. There is no reason for the Church of Jesus Christ to undergo such judgment. By the grace of God, Christ was punished for our sins on the cross. For us to endure the wrath of God for seven years would nullify what Christ has done for us.
Does God discipline His children at times? Yes (Hebrews 12:1-13). But we can be sure that we are not destined for “the wrath to come.” Thank God today for His grace that is greater than all our sins.
Grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that is greater than all our sin! Julia H. Johnston
1 Thessalonians 1:1-12 by Paul Washer