The Book of Second Peter

Lesson 7 - "The Unsparing God"

by Pastor Frank J. Cuozzo

Pastor Frank Cuozzo

II Peter 2:4-7, “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked.”


We’re continuing with a series from II Peter entitled “The family of like precious faith.”  We already talked about the power, the promises and the partakers of this precious faith, we looked at adding to our faith these seven things (virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity), we saw that having “these things” in our lives had several promises attached to them, we looked at Peter’s account of the transfiguration of Christ, we looked at the importance of the Scriptures, and we looked at what Peter wrote concerning heeding God’s warning concerning false prophets and teachers. Today we want to look at what Peter wrote concerning the things that God didn’t spare.


Last week when Peter warned about false prophets and teachers he warned of the judgment that would surely come to them. Look again what he said in II Peter 2:1-3, “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”


And so if you’re wondering to whom the Lord is speaking when we come to verse four, He is speaking to these false teachers. Note the expression in verse four, “God spared not.” Often we think only of the love of God, and we should. One of the most quoted verses in all the Bible is John 3:16 which tells us, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”


While most people only see this side of God, we must also see the wrath side of His love. Because God is a Holy and perfect God, He hates sin but not the sinner. No person will ever go to Hell and be separated from God without being loved of God. God’s judgments are acts of God’s love. Let’s not forget that a loving God judged angels, judged the old world, and judged Sodom and Gomorrah. I don’t think that we could find any more tender things than those we find in chapter one of I Peter as Peter tells us the things we have in Christ and the things that we should add to our faith. But when we come to II Peter chapter two, we also find a stern warning! Let’s look at four things here,

#1) God did not spare the angels.

2 Peter 2:4 says, “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment.”


We notice in verse four that God did not spare the angels that sinned. The word “angel” means “messenger.” God created the angels, an innumerable host of angels, to be His messengers. They have delivered God’s messages and have aided God’s people. As a matter of fact there is a very precious verse of Scripture in Matthew’s gospel concerning angels. Matthew 18:10 says, “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.” Of course He is speaking here about guardian angels who care for these children.


Angles are created beings that minister for God but they are not ever to be worshipped or prayed to. The Lord reveals to us a group of angels who were led into rebellion by Satan. God not only judged them, He cast them down into the most horrible pit of hell in chains of darkness. They are reserved there in those chains of darkness waiting for God’s judgment upon them.


And so, if the angels did not escape God’s judgment, then surely false prophets aren’t going to escape God’s judgment. The Bible says that just as these angels were judged, false teachers are going to be judged. Revelation reveals to us that Satan led as many as one-third of the angels into rebellion against God. Some of them are free to operate as demonic spirits led by Satan, while others are in chains of darkness awaiting their final judgment. We just need to know that God’s word says that these rebellious angels have been judged and if God did that, and He did, then the Lord is certainly going to judge the ungodly.


#2) God did not spare the Old World.

Look again with me at II Peter 2:5, “And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly.” We know that all human flesh was destroyed off the earth during the flood. Genesis 6:8 says, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” Not only did they drown, they went to hell separated from God forever. They were judged. They were the ungodly unbelievers who rebelled and were judged. They not only perished on this earth, but they also went straight to hell. It’s my conviction however that the children who had not yet reached the age of accountability were spared from Hell even though they all died in the flood.


We don’t take pleasure in thinking about the almost seven billion people living in the world who do not know the Lord and may die without a saving knowledge of Christ. But the Bible says that if they die without Christ, they will go to Hell forever. You may say, “I just can’t believe it, I can’t accept that!” Peter says to remember in the old world before the flood, Noah preached for 120 years and not only would no one believe him, they mocked him. The day that the ark was completed and the door was shut by God, the day of God’s mercy and grace for those people was over. Think about those people running for higher ground and looking for a place to find safety. There was no deliverance aside from the ark. There was no escape.


Just like the ark, the only way to be saved is to realize we are sinners in need of a Savior, and run to Christ and by faith trust Him and Him alone for our soul’s salvation! Peter said here in II Peter, “If you think you are going to escape judgment, then think again.” With all the millions on the earth who perished in the Flood, there were only eight people who believed God and got on the Ark. Everyone else perished. Make sure you have trusted Christ as your Savior.


Peter said that God didn’t spare the angels that sinned, and that God didn’t spare the Old World,

#3) God did not spare the cites of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Look again at II Peter 2:6, “And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly.”


Genesis 19:24-25 says, “Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.”


Abraham had a nephew in Sodom and he went there to get him and his family out before judgment fell. He barely made it out but his wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt. God did not spare the angels that sinned, God did not spare the old world that sinned, God did not spare the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah that sinned and Peter is saying that God will not spare the false prophets and teachers that deliberately reject His way of salvation and God is not going to spare anyone who rejects the gospel of Christ. Now for the good news,


#4) God did not spare His only begotten Son.

God is an unsparing God when it comes to sin. God not only did not spare the angels, the old world and the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah that sinned, but He spared not His only begotten Son! Romans 8:32 says, He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”


We can see how a Holy God would pour out His wrath on sinning angels, a sinning world in Noah’s day and the sinning cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, but to think about that same wrath being poured out on His only begotten Son!


II Corinthians 5:21 says, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”


In Romans 3:26, the Bible calls God the Justifier which means that when God forgives a sinner, He is just in doing so. In other words, when a sinner comes to God and says, “Forgive me Lord.” God is just in forgiving that sinner because the payment was already made on Calvary’s Cross when Christ died for our sin. The Justifier makes us and sees us just as if we’d never sinned. Hallelujah what a Savior!


The lesson from II Peter chapter five is clear. We have a loving yet unsparing God. God spared not the angels that sinned, spared no the old world that sinned, spared not the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah that sinned, but also spared not His only begotten Son, Who became sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him!!! Trust Him today if you haven’t yet. Come in a moment as we sing a hymn of invitation.


Let’s pray.



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