Kept (II Peter 2; Luke 14; Micah 5)

“Then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment.”  II Peter 2:9

Question:  “What if I told you this, “the Lord is keeping something for you.”

Ok, I confess, I just told you, “The Lord is keeping something for you.”

For a moment. lets get into the context of what we have read in II Peter 2.  Peter has really only one point, “Beware of false teachers .”

  • Peter describes their work in Vs: 1-3.
  • Peter describes their wickedness in Vs: 10-23

These false teachers along with those who follow their teaching will face the extreme judgment of God.  Peter informs us in Vs: 9-10, “God is keeping it for them!”

This is one of the reasons why we must be committed to God’s call in Luke 14:23 to go into the highways and into the hedges of life sharing the gospel.  Unless these people hear and heed the true gospel, what God has kept for them is judgment.

This is also one of the reasons we need to be committed to God’s command in Luke 14:10 to humble ourselves.  While God has kept judgment for the unrighteous, He has also kept His followers from judgment because of the great grace of God in Jesus taking our place on the cross.

Here is the big deal:  Jesus is a teacher greater than the teachers here described.  Even the best of Pharisees understood this in John 3.  This teacher would hear the amazing truth of the gospel in John 3:3-22!!

It is my prayer that you and I would both rejoice for what we have been kept from and reach out to those who do not know what is being kept for them!!!

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