Here is encouragement for the steadfast endurance of the saints (God’s people), those who habitually keep God’s commandments and their faith in Jesus. AMP
The preceding description of the fate of those who choose to worship Satan has implications for the saints today. Our text here avers that the prospect of judgment should inspire believers in three ways.
Note that the aim is not to scare us but to spur us on. Contrary to what some think, a revelation of the sombre side of the Gospel helps rather than hinders our faith. Some Christians’ piety is weak due to their poor concept of the wrath of God. In fact, the love of God makes even more sense against the backdrop of His just holiness.
Firstly, a revelation of divine justice should encourage us to persevere in the face of all sorts of challenges. We don’t give in to evil indeed because of the love of God but also because we know the dire consequences. While the love of God is a huge incentive, His wrath is a helpful deterrent. We need both, beloved! That’s why the Bible teaches both.
Secondly, a revelation of God’s wrath should inspire our obedience. Beloved, the New Covenant has NOT done away with the necessity of obeying God’s commandments. Living under grace doesn’t exempt us from obeying the will of God. I’m shocked by the number of Christians today who think complying with the revealed will of God is optional! Beloved, we must habitually obey God’s Word in everything. Heaven-bound Christians don’t debate or delay doing the will of God in every way.
Thirdly, a revelation of eternal justice is a call to keep the faith. When the present reality seems interminable, when Judgment Day seems like a vague and distant possibility, we must still trust in Jesus and depend upon His Word. Come what may, never give up!