GOD will DELIVER us if we STAY TRUE to our CALLING
December 21 Bible Reading: 2 Peter Chapters 1-3
“The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed.” (2 Peter 2:9-10)
Apostle Peter wrote his second general epistle to all the believers in order to remind them of their need to stay true to their faith in Christ and to be established in the present truth of the gospel (1:12). Through this, he wanted to stir up their pure minds by way of reminder so that they would be ever mindful of the words that were spoken to them earlier by the prophets and apostles and stay true to their calling (3:1-2). In the course of justifying his arguments, Peter points out to three examples of apostates in the past who did not stay true to their calling, and as a result of which God did not spare them from His righteous judgments:
- The angels in heaven who sinned against God (2:4; Isa. 14:12-14; Ezek. 28:12-18): These were the third of all the angels in heaven who aligned themselves to Lucifer and rebelled against the authority of God.
- The ungodly people in the ancient world (2:5; Gen. 7:11-23): These were the people who lived on this earth during the time of Noah who refused to hear the warnings of Noah and enter into the ark that was prepared for their safety. Ultimately, they all perished in a watery death as a result of God’s impending judgment through the flood waters, except Noah and seven members of his family.
- The wicked people dwelling in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah (2:6-8: Gen. 19:1-29): These were the wicked corrupted ungodly people who refused to heed the warning of the two angels that God had sent to Sodom to issue a warning from God to escape the wrath of God. Ultimately, God destroyed all the people dwelling in the two cities by raining fire and brimstone due to which the cities were turned to ashes. Only, Lot and his two daughters escaped with their lives, and Lot’s wife turned into a pillar of salt.
Another reality emerges from these incidents: the wicked could have been saved in spite of their evil, and God wants future generations (like ours) to avoid their mistakes. God had sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ into this world so "that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). God is "not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance" (3:9). However one fact remains…God will deliver His own from the coming universal judgment!
Let us have no doubt that God will deliver us if we stay true to our calling. Today, our steps are "ordered" by God and He will not allow us to be "utterly cast down" even if we fall, for God upholds us "with His hand" (Ps. 37:23-24). God knows the godly and will deliver them, as He knows the ungodly and will judge them. It is His desire that every Christian believer be able to appear before Him in purity. So, let’s persevere in godliness and stay true to our calling knowing fully well that this is the safest place that we can be.