"Read that again. See if something disturbs you. It's talking about nonbelievers as "objects of wrath." This was the verse that came to mind this morning after I drove away from our neighborhood Shell station. The owner, a delightful man from Amman, Jordan, had just finished telling me how much he was enjoying reading the Joni book in Arabic. "You're a great gal," he said, slapping the door of my van. I replied, "Oh, but that's only because we have a great God." He shrugged his shoulders. I could tell he didn't get my point. Perhaps through prayer, time, and a few more pages of the Joni book where I share the plan of salvation, he will.
Until he does--and this is what came to mind as I drove away--he is an object of God's wrath. But wait! Christ did not die in order to force God to love us: God the Father came up with the plan to rescue fallen man. "And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love" (1 John 4:16). Praise the Lord, that's good news for my Arab friend!
Galatians 3:13 makes the good news great: "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: 'Cursed is everyone who hung on a tree.'" Should my Arab neighbor come to Christ, God has no more wrath or anger against him--all His anger was poured out on Jesus. Hallelujah!!
Lord Jesus, thank you for bearing the father's wrath against my sin. Hallelujah, Amen!"-Joni