2 Peter 2:4-9
In yesterday’s post, I noted the Apostle Peter’s clear warning against false teachers and their destructive words and ways. Verse 3 closes with the declaration of their coming destruction. In today’s reading, Peter “justifies” God for destroying these corrupted, corrupting teachers by reminding us that God is consistent as well as just: He has a track record of judging corruption.
False teacher, listen up! Those swept up by and swept away with false teachers, listen up!
- For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
- And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
- And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
- And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
- (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
- The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
God’s delays in judgment, at least in the judgment of human corruption, do not at all indicate a new flexibility on His part, as though He has finally come to the place of accepting or at last coexisting with ungodliness. God’s delays in judgment are extensions of mercy. Continue reading