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Judgment Day

2 Peter 2.4-10a
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, and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority.
Peter tells us that if God did not spare angels or people who lived before the Flood or the citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah, He would not spare these false teachers. These words that promised justice were a great comfort to those who were oppressed. God will punish all evildoers. These words also served as a warning to wanderers to not stray away from the truth. Some people would have us believe that God will save all people because He is so loving. But it is foolish to think that God will cancel the last judgment. Don’t ever minimize the certainty of God’s judgment on those who rebel against Him.

There are many in our world today who mock the supernatural. They deny the reality of the spiritual world and claim that only what can be seen and felt is real. Like the false teachers of Peter’s day, they are fools who will be proven wrong in the end. Don’t take Satan and his supernatural evil powers lightly. Although Satan will be destroyed completely, he is at work now trying to render Christians complacent and ineffective.

How can you protect yourself from the schemes of Satan? By loving Christ and keeping His Word. Fill your days with prayer and scriptural meditation, and you will know joy and protection from the ploys of the evil one. The apostle Paul reminds us: But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one (2 Thessalonians 3.3).

Pastor Jeff
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