Sermon: Precious & Magnificent Moments – Destruction Is Not Sleeping
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: II Peter 2:1-10
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Precious & Magnificent Moments
Destruction Is Not Sleeping
II Peter 2:1-10
The confirmation of God’s Word leads to confidence in his promises, which brings power for godliness, which gives us a personally experienced confirmation of our call and election.
I. Same Goal, Different Approach
If chapter 1 is the carrot, chapter 2 is the crack of the whip over our heads.
Here in chapter 2 he says, if you contradict the doctrine and the character of God’s elect, you will fall, and there will be no entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord, but instead eternal destruction in the gloom of hell.
II. Not Playing Games
This chapter is no accident in Holy Scripture. It is the Word of God, that all of us might become very, very zealous to confirm our call and election.
III. False Prophets Who Deny the Master
Even though Peter says these false teachers will arise in the future, it is clear from the rest of the letter that the prophecy is already being fulfilled.
To be bought by Christ is to be freed from the domination of sexual passions that drive one into sexual preoccupations and illicit sexual intercourse.
There is nothing new about the contemporary assault on the sanctity of sexual intercourse in marriage.
IV. God’s Past Judgment
The point of verses 4–10 is to warn us that since God has punished unrighteousness in the past, he will punish it in the future.
If the case of the fallen angels and the case of Noah’s generation do not deter people from following the false teachers, then surely the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah will wake them up to God’s wrath.
V. Lessons for Today
We must make every effort to keep ourselves rooted and grounded in the Word of God.
There is nothing new about free sex. And we should resist it today as resolutely as the apostles of old.
Heaven and hell hang on whether we follow Christ in righteousness or deny him in immorality.
If you put your trust in Jesus Christ and press on to love what he loves, then you will never fall, and there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Better Never to Have Known the Way
II Peter 2:11-22