JUDGMENT and DELIVERANCE…


Spiritual Blog - Judgment

2 Peter 2:4-11 – “For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; 5 and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; 6 and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; 7 and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked 8(for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds) —  9 then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, 10 and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, 11 whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord.”  NKJV

 

In these modern times I have heard a number of nationally known ministers promote the doctrine of Christian Universalism where there is NO JUDGMENT.  I have not been able to square that with the written word of God and unless I can I must reject it as heretical and false.  When I come to passages such as the one above I find it crystal clear the attitude God has regarding sin and if God regards sin so how must we regard it?

We know from Scripture that one-third of the angelic creation rebelled against God being deceived by Lucifer the son of the morning known today as the devil.  If you consider that the angels SEE God and KNOW the reality, beauty, holiness, and power of God and we see it in our spirits by faith you should be concerned.  They see it firsthand without the veil and they succumbed to deception.  That is a frightening thought.  James tells us that God DID NOT SPARE THEM from Judgment.

We know the depravity of man in Noah’s day became so vile and corrupt that God rejected all but Noah and his family.  He judged the world and delivered Noah and his family to give mankind a second chance.  We know the vileness of Sodom and Gomorrah with their sinfulness and perversion and God reduced those cities to ashes in Judgment but spared Lot and his family who rejected the perversion.  Today there is an insistence that the same type of perversion is normal and even a desire to make God the culprit for the condition in which those who practice those deeds find themselves.

James informs us that God knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation and to bring judgment to individuals and even entire societies for wickedness.  He identifies that an especially repulsive condition to God is the ‘lust of the flesh’, ‘presumptuousness’ and ‘self-will.’  Conditions that are becoming more and more prevalent in today’s world and even in the world of Christendom.  We are seeing a world in which there is an overriding desire of many to become ‘a law unto themselves’ and not under any authority.  It is one thing to decry wicked rulers and another to throw off all restraint and do whatever one wants without regard to the moral, civil, social or spiritual.

In our present world we are competing with Sodom and Gomorrah and the world of Noah in the rejection of God and His principles.  We are rapidly becoming a world driven by the exaltation of self.  I wonder how long the patience of God will spare us similar judgment.  No, I do not wonder for He has detailed and declared in His world the state of the world and the ultimate conclusion of all things.  Judgment is coming for a wicked world as is deliverance for a righteous people.  The coming shaking and harvest is upon us and it is time to lift up your hearts to the Lord.  It is time for us to reaffirm our commitment to Him and determine in our hearts that having done all to stand we will stand.

            God bless you as you go through this day in the Lord!

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