2 Peter 2

2 Peter 2 has the focus being on false teachers and how we need to watch for and avoid that teaching.  He reminds us of how God deals with those who sin and those who are “blaspheming about matters of which they are ignorant, will also be destroyed in their destruction, suffering wrong as  the wage for their wrongdoing”. These three examples of judgment show us the important principle that Peter wants to highlight.

  • God judged the angels who sinned, so no one is too high to be judged.
  • God judged the ancient world before the flood, so God doesn’t grade on a curve, only comparing man among other men.
  • God judged Sodom and Gomorrah, so even the prosperous can be judged.

There is no reason to think you can escape God’s judgment.  It just can’t happen. Many have gone astray.  “They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing”. Balaam was guilty of the greatest of sins – leading others into sin, and that for the sake of his own gain. Balaam had to be restrained by a dumb donkey because he would not listen to God.  He “was rebuked for his own transgression; a speechless donkey spoke with human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness”.  God will deal with us in judgment.

It is better for a person to have never known a thing about Jesus than to hear some truth, hold to it for a season, and then later reject it. Greater revelation has a greater accountability. “For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first”.  It can appear here that Peter is describing the potential of losing one’s salvation if you fall back into sin.  But that isn’t necessarily what it says.

Guzik writes that Christians warmly debate the issue of whether or not it is possible for a true Christian to ever lose their status as saved and fall away to eternity in hell. Perhaps the best way of understanding the issue is to say that it is certainly true that those who appear saved – those who fit the description of Peter here – can end up in a place where it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness.  Those with a Reformed perspective will say that they were actually never saved; those with an Arminian perspective will say that they were actually saved and lost their salvation.  We shouldn’t focus on which of those two outcomes are true, but focus on walking with Jesus so we don’t have to worry about what happens if we walk away from God and our relationship with Him.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Well said: “focus on walking with Jesus so we don’t have to worry about what happens if we walk away from God and our relationship with Him.”

    Be blessed. God is in a good mood.

    Reply

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