MARCH 21, 2 Peter 2:4-6
It is sad but many follow the way of falsehood. Even among churches, not many still teach the good old fundamental truth they may have held on to in the past. Why is this the case? What has happened? Two words - false teachers.
In verse 4, Peter gives the illustration of punishment of the fallen angels to show the destruction that God will bring to sinners, especially those who lead others astray. God will cast them down to hell where they will be bound in chains of darkness, waiting for further judgment and punishment. While they are there, they will suffer much pain and anguish; their misery is an unending one. Similarly, in verses 5 and 6, the ungodly in the time of Noah and Lot were also not spared; God in judgment sent water and fire, respectively, to destroy them.
There is the story of an old man who did not believe in hell. He told that to his Christian grandchild who was sad his grandfather did not believe in Jesus. The old man declared, “I’m 80 years old and I have not seen a place called ‘Hell’ and therefore cannot believe in it.” His 8-year old grandson, who had been listening intently asked, “But grandpa, have you ever been dead yet?”
Wasn’t he a wise child to understand that?
Dear child, may you be given the wisdom to trust in God and to take Him at His word, that there will be severe punishment for false teachers in hell, where there is eternal fire and brimstone.
Thought: It is an awful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, keep me from falling into sin and disobedience. Help me to realise the seriousness of sin and to keep away from it, as well as from false teachings. This is my prayer in Jesus’ name, amen.