2 Peter 2:9
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,
There are two teachings in this verse, the first one causes comfort to the followers of Jesus and the second causes fear to those who are not following Christ.
As we look at the world we see two categories of people. As God looks at the world He sees the same two categories. (No, it not those who like the Bears and those who do not.) The ultimate two categories of people are those who are godly, saved, blood bought followers of Christ, and the unjust, the ungodly, those who have rejected God’s offer. A simpler way to put it would be that there are the saved and there are the unsaved.
In this verse we are taught that the Lord will deliver the godly out of temptations. This word ‘temptation’ is used in the New Testament of situations where people were tempted to sin by leaving the faith or by heeding the temptation of Satan as Jesus was tempted by the Devil. It is also used as trouble: sent by God and serving to test or prove one’s character, faith, holiness (according to Strong’ Concordance of the NT).
So, the Lord will deliver His own from the hour of greatest trial, the hour of temptation and testing that would break their faith. God will not allow His own to be tempted more than they can bear, 1 Corinthians 10:13 promises this. God will always provide a way of escape for the righteous from that hour. In this we find hope and peace.
However, the unjust will not escape the hour of judgment. Since our sins were judged on the Cross with the sins of all who follow Christ, we will not be a part of that judgment. But everyone who has rejected the gift of Christ paid for by His blood, that day of judgment is coming. This passage is a hard one to read as it defines all of those who reject Christ being deceived by sin and by false teachers. But it is unmistakable as to its teaching. I am thanking God for His mercy and grace today.
Sunday was a wonderful day at our church. I am very thankful for all who come and share the day together. The sermon for Sunday will be on the church website today. If you have not yet become a follower of the church website, please do so. If you cannot figure how to do this, but want to continue to receive the devotionals, please let me know as I am compiling a list of those who will need a regular email of these devotionals. I will be stopping to payment to Constant Contact this week.
Have a great day in the Lord, PS