September 29: Judgment

Read 2 Peter 2:1-22

It is very possible that you have met in the past and perhaps presently know the kind of people described in 2 Peter 2. Their description causes you to wince! They…

  • Bring in destructive heresies (v. 1)
  • Deny the Master (v. 1)
  • Blaspheme (vv. 10, 12)
  • Revel in their wrongdoing (v. 13)
  • Are adulterous (v. 14)
  • Have an insatiable appetite for sin (v. 14)
  • Entice the weak (vv. 14, 18)
  • Are greedy (v. 14)
  • Promise freedom while being enslaved (v. 19)

About such people, Peter gives us both warning and reassurance. The warning is that we must be on guard, watchful. You see, they will even try to infiltrate and exploit true followers of Christ. They will try to lead you astray, try to cause you to buy into their rationale, and try to persuade you to join in with their conduct. Watch out!

The reassurance is that God will bring judgment on them. Face it…some of these kinds of people described in the list above seem to be the most successful the world has ever seen. Not only do they seem to be getting away with their godless lifestyle but they almost seem to be rewarded for it. Rest assured, however, that the same God who punishes evil angels will not spare them. The same God who destroyed the world while rescuing Noah and his family will bring punishment on them while rescuing His own. The same God who burned Sodom and Gomorrah while saving Lot will condemn them while freeing those who have been declared righteous in Christ. Know that God will bring judgment upon those who thumb their nose at Him.

sbk

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