1. Hello, listening friends.
2. It is a delight to know that you have tuned into this program.
3. If you are joining this broadcast for the first time,
4. we are in the middle of a series of messages from 2 Peter.
5. Last time, we started looking at Chapter 2.
6. We saw how Peter refutes the false teachings of the false teachers.
7. Peter first assailed the false teachings
8. and, then, denounces the false teachers themselves.
9. Today, we will see that Peter assures us of the impending doom that will come upon those people.
10. God is very patient.
11. God is giving them chance after chance after chance to repent;
12. but, eventually, God will sit in judgment upon them.
13. In Chapter 2, verses 4 to 11,
14. Peter gives us specific biblical evidence on how God eventually judges sin.
15. God may be patient, but eventually His justice will prevail.
16. In verse 4, Peter tells us that God judged angels when they got too pleased with themselves.
17. Listen to that verse.
18. “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to Hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment;...”
19. In Jude, verse 6, God kicked the angels out of Heaven when they committed the sin of apostasy.
20. Let’s look at that verse.
21. “And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home - these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day...”
22. and Peter tells us that God is going to do the same with these false teachers.
23. God sent those rebellious angels to the pit of Hell and utter doom because of their apostasy
24. and He will do the same with those who misled His people;
25. but Peter says, in verses 5 and 6, that, not only angels were doomed,
26. but the ancient world was doomed when they refused God’s message.
27. When the people of the Old Testament ignored God’s Word,
28. they too suffered destruction and doom.
29. In Genesis 6:5, during the time of Noah,
30. the Bible said, “…every imagination of thoughts of their hearts were continuously evil.”
31. In Genesis 6:11 to 13,
32. in God’s sight, the earth was corrupt and filled with violence.
33. In Genesis 6:6,
34. their wickedness made God sorry that He ever made humankind.
35. In Genesis 6:7,
36. God was grieved by what they had turned into
37. and He decided to blot them out and start all over again.
38. God decided to spare only Noah and his family so that they could begin a new creation all over again.
39. Do you know how long it took God to act on His warnings through Noah?
40. One hundred and twenty years;
41. But, even after that, the world became corrupt again;
42. and, in the twin city of Sodom and Gomorrah, it got so bad that God sent sulfur and fire from Heaven and burnt them to a crisp.
43. The people of Sodom were like so many people in our world today.
44. Many people not only accept sexual sins, but they glory in them.
45. Unbelievers are practicing the same kinds of sins today.
46. In Romans 1:26 and 28,
47. after describing this shameful lifestyle and this abomination,
48. the Scripture said,
49. “…receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their sin.”
50. It is no surprise, therefore, that, when Peter is dealing with apostasy in the church, he has so much to say about immorality.
51. The two go together.
52. Apostasy often has its roots in moral failure.
53. It begins this way.
54. A believer who has a weakness in a certain area in his or her life gets tempted
55. and he falls into sin.
56. What does grace say?
57. What does the Scripture say?
58. Scripture tells the sinner to get up and repent.
59. Scripture tells the sinner to bring your sin under the blood of Jesus Christ.
60. Ask Him for forgiveness;
61. then, ask Him to give you the power to overcome the next round;
62. but what does apostasy say to that same sinner?
63. “You can’t help it.
64. This is just the way you are.
65. God did not mean what He said about this or that.
66. The Bible was for people who were backward and lived in the pre-scientific age,
67. so keep on indulging;
68. and shout louder in order to convince yourself and others that you are not really doing anything wrong.”
69. My listening friends, please listen carefully.
70. This is the strategy of much of what you see in the movies and on television.
71. This is the strategy of the apostates in the church.
72. This is the strategy of the apostates among the religious leaders.
73. Let’s look at verse 7 of Chapter 2 of 2 Peter.
74. Peter tells us that the same God Who visits destruction on the ungodly also rescues the righteous.
75. Peter is saying, “Look at Lot.”
76. If you and I lived during the time of Lot,
77. we might not have thought of him as a righteous man.
78. He appears to be a social climber.
79. Lot appears to be a status-seeking opportunist who was willing to comprise and put up with corruption
80. so that he could make a place for himself in the society;
81. but the Bible tells us that Lot was paying a heavy price for his lifestyle,
82. and that price was because he was a righteous man who lived a life of compromise.
83. His soul was perplexed by the perversion of his business partners and of his neighbors and of his friends,
84. but God saw that Lot had genuine faith.
85. God saw that, deep down, Lot was tormented because he loved righteousness.
86. Look at verse 8.
87. Lot’s soul was crushed daily by the things that he heard and saw in Sodom.
88. The vile immorality of the people caused him deep suffering.
89. My listening friends, please listen carefully.
90. That is what sin and wickedness and abomination ought to do to us.
91. The vile immorality we see in the world around us should cause us deep suffering;
92. but it ought to do more than that.
93. It ought to drive us to our knees.
95. In verse 9, Peter concludes that God is able and He will deliver the righteous and judge the ungodly.
96. Peter said that the wicked are prepared for Hell.
97. If you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and listening to us today,
98. this statement should drive you to your knees.
1. To intercede for any person you know who does not know the Lord Jesus Christ.
2. Those words drive me to intercede for these wretched souls who are false teachers.
3. Believers must intercede for those who are misleading people, and who are going to pay a dreadful price unless they repent.
4. Does Peter tell us to hate false teachers?
6. We should not hate them,
7. but all believers should pray for them and intercede on their behalf.
8. All believers should long to see them repent and turn to the Lord.
9. I want you to look at verse 10 of Chapter 2 of 2 Peter.
10. Peter tells us that these false teachers reject God’s authority and the authority of His Word;
11. not only that, but they are self-pleasing, rather than God-pleasing.
12. Peter said that these people are bold and willful.
13. Their brazen repudiation seems to have no limit.
14. No language is too extreme for them to use in order to shock people.
15. They are belligerent in their denouncing of Scriptural authority.
16. Look at verse 11.
17. Peter tells us that the audacity of those professed ministers of the church of Jesus Christ
18. is without parallel in the angelic realm.
19. Although angels are greater than men in power and might,
20. they do not pronounce a reviling judgment like men do.
21. Although angels are greater than men,
22. the moment they sinned against God, they were pushed immediately out of Heaven.
23. There was no second chance;
24. yet, God patiently gives the false teachers second and third and two hundred chances
25. so that they may repent of their sins.
26. In verse 12, Peter said
27. although these false teachers are supposed to be rational beings who are distinct from animals,
28. yet, they live as if the gratification of their bodily appetites is the very essence of existence.
29. Just as many animals seem to have no higher destiny than to die at the end of life,
30. so do the false teachers as they lunge forward to destruction.
31. False teachers are heedless of what should be their true calling.
32. What is that calling?
33. To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
34. What is the reason that they cannot see their true calling?
35. Peter says it is because they have no spiritual eyes.
36. They are ignorant of spiritual things.
37. They may pose and present themselves as experts in the spiritual realm,
38. yet, the truth is, a humble believer can see more on his knees than they can see standing on their tippy-toes.
39. Since they choose to live like animals,
40. they will be destroyed like animals.
41. They will die without hope.
42. Listen again to verse 13.
43. “Their wickedness has earned them an evil end, and they will be paid in full.”
44. One day, they will pay dearly for their wretchedness.
45. One day, they will pay dearly for misleading believers.
46. One day, they will pay dearly for confusing the flock.
47. Someday, they will meet their payday.
48. Now, some of you listening to me today are going through some difficult time.
49. The devil no doubt tempts you by saying to you that you have been faithful and you have trusted God.
50. You have believed in His Word and you have not thrown away your faith.
51. Look at your life.
52. What good is that doing you?
53. Please listen to what Peter said in verse 9 of Chapter 2.
54. “The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of testing.”
55. You cannot see your reward right now,
56. but it is coming.
57. You do not experience it right now,
58. but it is right on time.
59. You might be tempted to think that God has forgotten you,
60. but it is not so.
61. He is putting the final touches in the mansion that He is preparing for you.
62. You must remain faithful,
63. because you are honoring God,
64. and God will honor you.
65. You have His Word on it.
66. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.