Today’s Verse, 2 Peter 2:3
Saturday, September 2, 2017
In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.
2 Peter 2:3
Reflections on Today’s Verse
One the best reminders as we walk in the Christian life is this: Apart from the eternal, free, and sovereign grace of God, I would be in the center of my world. I’d make up my own laws, worship the creation, and live for my comfort. This is why, in many “churches,” their worship service has to be “over the top” to make up for the fact that their god is not alive. As John 7:24 reminds us, right judgment can’t be distracted from false teaching by big smiles and big crowds
Isn’t this, at least in part, what Peter is saying? These false teachers willfully, strategically, and markedly plan out their false teachings to “exploit” (2:3) true believers. Yet, according to Scripture, we can’t make up our own versions of reality. The creation is a fixed entity shaped and defined by God. This can make us really angry.
But what does Peter mean “their condemnation has long been hanging over them”? God doesn’t let these false teachers off the hook. In fact, he has planned for their destruction before the foundation of the world. “God has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he raised from the dead” (Acts 17:31). “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?” (Genesis 18:25). No justice in this world. God alone is just.
There’s nothing great about falsehood. My point is it’s tragic to see someone “dressing up” falsehood. It is like putting makeup on a corpse. To judge the wrath of God as unfair was unthinkable to Paul (Romans 3:5-6). He saw it as essential to the world’s better future. Do you?
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Father, thank you that you will set all things right. Thank you that while we may be duped on this side of heaven, we can know that your grace will hold us. You are the Good Shepherd. We are your sheep, Lord. Empower us by your Spirit to discern truth from error. In Jesus’ name. Amen.