God will judge the wicked and He will preserve His righteous ones

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2 Peter 2

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard); then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment,

 

The blasphemy of man against God is nothing new.  We see the world getting worse, it appears, but it has always been bad.

  • Peter refers to the angels who left heaven with Lucifer and some were so bad that God immediately put them in chains to await their day of judgment.
  • He refers to the destruction of the wicked in Noah’s day, a day when every imagination of the thoughts of man’s hearts were only evil continually.
  • He reminds us of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah whose wickedness of homosexuality was so great that God could not wait until their natural day of judgment but brought about swift and violent destruction against them.

Then Peter makes the key point which is this: God knows how to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment.  My friends, do not envy the wicked nor must we wonder if God is seeing their wickedness and letting them get away with it.  The truth is that God is seeing the wickedness of the wicked and God is keeping perfect records.  God will, in His perfect timing, bring the wicked of this world under full penalty of His law for their rebellion against Him.

But Peter makes another point here that should encourage us.  God spared Noah and Lot, both men whom God called righteous, from His judgment and God will spare all of His righteous ones from the judgment of the wicked.  As we see the wicked facing God’s wrath (we should first pray for their conversion to Christ) we must not fear that we will be involved in their judgment.  We must maintain our righteousness before God knowing that He will save us both in this life and in the next.  For God always rescues the godly from His judgment of the wicked. “Thank you, oh God, for your mercy toward me.”

In case you forgot, be sure to turn your clocks ahead Saturday night or you will be really late for church Sunday morning.  I know how important it is for you to be on time on Sunday so I just wanted to remind you of the time change.

Ben will be with us this Sunday and will be bringing the morning message.  He has one more block class at Moody and will finish His masters this semester. He and Anna are very glad to be this close to the end.  We are looking forward to having Ben with us for a week.  (He will be in class eight hours a day and on the train for two hours a day but we will see him in the evenings.

Patrick and Peggy have influenza.  Pray with us for their swift and complete recovery.

I have a special request for you today. It is a private request that I cannot give you any details on.  Pray that God’s will might be made clear for a church family and that they would fall on His mercy.

Have a great day in the Lord,
PS

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