And if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner?” (1 Peter 4:18, NASB95)

Peter to his fellow believers scattered about Asia Minor.  Two thoughts here:

  1. Wrath will fall upon the godless man and sinner.  This is the truth about which Peter is writing.  This is the nature of sin and those who do not follow Christ do not and cannot understand it.  They are in darkness, Peter has already explained this:“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” (1 Peter 2:9, NASB95)

    Those who have not come to faith have not been called out of darkness, they are still in it.

    Paul addresses the wrath of God in Romans 1:

    For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,” (Romans 1:18, NASB95)

    Can it be any more clear that what awaits those who “suppress the truth in unrighteousness” is that the wrath of God will fall upon them?

  2. This is strong incentive to preach the gospel. The reason that we preach the gospel and call people to Christ from out of the darkness is because we truly believe this doctrine of the wrath of God.  We do not want anyone to experience this and so we call them to repent of their sins, to turn from their pride and arrogance and sin, to leave the darkness, and to follow Christ, and they will be saved.