1 Thessalonians 5:9 – “For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The word ‘salvation’ isn’t one we use colloquially. However, it’s a term that’s mentioned quite a lot in the Bible. When the Bible says we are appointed to obtain salvation, what does it mean? The dictionary meaning of ‘salvation’ is: to be saved or delivered from harm, ruin, or loss. When referred to in the Bible, salvation means to be delivered from sin and its consequences.
We know that all of us have sinned and fallen short in some way or the other (Romans 3:23). None of us is perfect. Our sins should have led to death but God gave us the gift of eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23). He took our sin upon Himself and died in our place (1 Peter 2:24). Jesus Christ took the punishment that we deserved. And when He rose again, He conquered sin and death once and for all. We are no longer prisoners of our past; we live in the hope that we’ll join our Lord in Heaven one day.
When things go awry in life, it may be tempting to think God is punishing you. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Take a minute to go back and read today’s verse. God doesn’t intend to punish you. He wants you to be saved by our Lord Jesus Christ. When you confess your sins and repent, God is faithful to save you. Don’t give up on your faith. God will deliver you.