2 Peter 2:4–10
4 For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment;
5 and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly;
6 and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly;
7 and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked
8 (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)—
9 then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment,
10 and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries,
There is an idea that God is love and in His love will one day just pardon everyone. This is a wonderful idea and takes the teeth out of any threat of lasting judgment upon sinful people. It is widely taught and thoroughly embraced by many both Christian and non-Christian people. And, there are certain passages in the Bible, which if they weren’t there would make this idea believable.
But, Peter, the inspired Apostle, wrote this passage. In these few verses Peter explains the judgment of God in hell upon fallen angels, the wicked people of Noah’s day, which includes the entire world apart from Noah’s family, and the men and women of Sodom who resisted the preaching and righteous example of Lot. He then goes on to include all who reject the Lord throughout all time.
The expressions used in this passage are hard to get around.
- “cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness”
- “and did not spare the ancient world”
- “condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly”
- “to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment,”
- “and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority”
Thankfully, Peter makes the point that God knows how to take the godly out of the way of His judgment upon the wicked. So when God does bring His ultimate judgment upon the world, I believe that the followers of Christ who possess His righteousness will not be here but will be taken away before that judgment falls.
So, God does punish sin and does so through punishing the sinners who reject His word and His righteousness. And God consistently delivers the righteous, Noah, Lot, and all who live godly, from His judgments upon the wicked.
Are you ready for the Lord’s return? If He came today would you be excited to see Him? Would He consider you one of His righteous servants who would be removed from His judgment? I hope so.
We have been putting much emphasis on prayer of late. We have seen God do some works in people’s lives for which we are grateful. Continue to pray. Pray for RU tonight that God would hold back the darkness that keeps people from coming. Pray that God would bring people out of their darkness into His light. Pray for God to bring to church Sunday those whom He wants to be here. Pray for the message to be clear. Pray for our nursing home services in the community. We do four each week and another one four to five times a year.
Men’s prayer breakfast is tomorrow morning at Denny’s at 7:30.
This Sunday is our dinner Sunday. Be sure to come ready to stay for lunch. We sure do enjoy these Sundays together.
Have a great day in the Lord,