When the word of the gospel came to Thessalonica, people were divided. Some accepted the word, and became the first Christian church. Because of the faith and love of those people, they became Paul’s joy and crown. But others rejected the gospel, and persecuted the church. Because of their unbelief and hatred, Paul says that God’s wrath has come upon them. Jesus is the only one who can deliver us from the wrath to come, and for all those who stand against him and his gospel, they’re standing in the pitch-black reality of that judgement.