To wait for his Son from heaven (anamenein ton uion autou ek twn ouranwn). Present infinitive, like douleuein, and so linear, to keep on waiting for. The hope of the second coming of Christ was real and powerful with Paul as it should be with us. It was subject to abuse then as now as Paul will have to show in this very letter. He alludes to this hope at the close of each chapter in this Epistle. Whom he raised from the dead (on hgeiren ek [twn] nekrwn). Paul gloried in the fact of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead of which fact he was himself a personal witness. This fact is the foundation stone for all his theology and it comes out in this first chapter. Jesus which delivereth us from the wrath to come (Ihsoun ton ruomenon hma ek th orgh th ercomenh). It is the historic, crucified, risen, and ascended Jesus Christ, God's Son, who delivers from the coming wrath. He is our Saviour ( Matthew 1:21 ) true to his name Jesus. He is our Rescuer ( Romans 11:26 , o ruomeno, from Isaiah 59:20 ). It is eschatological language, this coming wrath of God for sin ( 1 Thessalonians 2:16 ; Romans 3:5 ; Romans 5:9 ; Romans 9:22 ; Romans 13:5 ). It was Paul's allusion to the day of judgment with Jesus as Judge whom God had raised from the dead that made the Athenians mock and leave him ( Acts 17:31 ). But Paul did not change his belief or his preaching because of the conduct of the Athenians. He is certain that God's wrath in due time will punish sin. Surely this is a needed lesson for our day. It was coming then and it is coming now.