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2 Peter 2:4-11

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Judgment Will Surely Come…

Even the angels will be held accountable for what they do:

“For if God did not spare the angels when they sinned, but condemned them to the chains of Tartarus and handed them over to be kept for judgment; …and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man oppressed by the licentious conduct of unprincipled people…, then the Lord knows how to rescue the devout from trial and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who follow the flesh with its depraved desire and show contempt for lordship. Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to revile glorious beings, whereas angels, despite their superior strength and power, do not bring a reviling judgment against them from the Lord.” -2 Peter 2:4-11, NAB

To get the full effect of today’s verse, read all of 2 Peter 2:4-11, but for the sake of this website, I shortened it to a more manageable level.

In the first example, Peter talks of the angels that have fallen.  Fallen angles are the few sinners in a crowd of righteous beings.  They are the few bad apples in a bushel full of good ones.  On the reverse side, Lot was one of the few good apples in a bad bushel.  While everyone around him had fallen to sin, he remained as the lone righteous one.

What’s the moral of the story?  God judges each one of us individually.  If we follow Him and obey His commandments, He will rescue us, even if we are surrounded by sinners.  On the other hand, if we do not follow Him and live a life of sin and moral depravity, we will face His condemnation, even if we are surrounded by saints.  For, it is not the company we keep that saves our soul; it is the choices we make.

You can live the rest of your life in a monastery or convent, but sin can still separate you from God.  You can live in the slums of the city, but still find hope in Jesus.  Where we live, and the people that surround us, have nothing to do with our salvation.  Our salvation comes solely from our own relationship with Christ.  In the United States, we are surrounded by sinful messages, false teachers, and sinners, but that does not mean that we are condemned along with them.  We can separate ourselves from the crowd and find our way back home to Jesus.

Do not follow the crowd.  Do not give up your soul simply for the sake of “fitting in.”  Instead, stand out from the crowd and take your place next to Jesus.  It does not matter where you live here on this earth; the only thing that matters is where you will go after this life.  Heaven or hell is a choice we each make by the choices in our life.  Which one do you choose?

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