Kindness and Severity, Salvation and Destruction, Deliverance and Judgment…

Or “Blessing and Curse”

This is a subsidiary post of Kindness.
It is also a subsidiary post of Salvation.

Related post:  Blessed or Cursed

Subsidiary posts:

As for “salvation and destruction,” Jesus is called the Savior (John 4:42; 1 John 4:14; Savior) and Satan is called “the destroyer” (1 Corinthians 5:5; 10:10; The Names of Satan).

From God come both kindness and severity, salvation and destruction, deliverance and judgment (wrath).  (I have rendered the former of each pair in bold and the latter in underline throughout the verses below.)

Key Verse

Romans 11:22  –  “Behold then the kindness and severity of God…”


Matthew 3:12  –  “…and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

Romans 9:13 (quoting Malachi 1:2-3)

Romans 11:22  –  “Behold then the kindness and severity of God…”

1 Corinthians 5:5  –  “…to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”

Philippians 1:28  –  “…a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you…”

1 Thessalonians 1:10  –  “…who rescues us from the wrath to come.”
1 Thessalonians 1:10 ESV  –  “…who delivers us from the wrath to come.”

1 Thessalonians 5:9-10  –  “For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ…”

Hebrews 10:38, 39  –  “…we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.”
Hebrews 10:38, 39 KJV  –  “…we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”
Hebrews 10:38, 39 NIV  –  “…we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.”

James 4:12  –  “…the One who is able to save and to destroy…”

Jude 1:5  –  “…after saving…subsequently destroyed…”


Malachi 1:2, 3 (quoted in Romans 9:13)

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