The apostle Paul wrote in I Thessalonians 5:9, “God hath not appointed us to wrath”, destruction and ruin, though there are some persons who are “vessels of wrath fitted for destruction” who are “reserved for the day of evil.” But we, who are equally children of wrath by nature, as deserving of the wrath of God in ourselves as the most sinful, yet we are not appointed to wrath, which is an instance of the wonderful and distinguishing grace of God to us in our Lord Jesus. “He hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.” Salvation is alone by Christ; He alone wrought it out. Salvation is in Him and in no other! He was appointed to the work of the salvation of His people. He was called, set, and came to do it, and has done it! and God’s elect, who were chosen in him and appointed in the counsel and purpose of God to obtain, possess, and enjoy this great salvation, will have the gospel come to them, not in word only, but in power and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance with faith, love, and hope. He died for us, not merely as a martyr to confirm His doctrine, or only as an example, but as our Surety, in the room and stead of His people, to make atonement and save them with an everlasting salvation.