All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. (Ephesians 2:3)
Like the rest… like the rest we were by nature objects of wrath. I think most Christians, at least most that have not suffered under any sort of horrific tyranny in this life, wish that this entire idea of God’s wrath were not a part of the faith at all. After all how can God command us to forgive even our enemies if He then reserves the right for Himself to deal out eternal punishment on His own? Is there such a thing as “just punishment” and can it really be true that “the rest” mentioned above refers to the rest of humanity outside of Christ - being doomed automatically to suffer eternal separation from God?
Was Jesus mistaken when He said that only a few would find the narrow path to salvation? Did He misspeak when He said, “No one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”? - If not; what is to be the fate of those who reject the free gift of salvation, of rebirth in Christ?