The Book of Second Peter

Lesson 9 - "The Day of Judgment"

by Pastor Frank J. Cuozzo

Pastor Frank Cuozzo

II Peter 2:4-9, “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: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the Day of Judgment to be punished.”

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, we looked at what Peter wrote concerning heeding God’s warning concerning false prophets and teachers, we looked at our unsparing God, and what Peter wrote about concerning the vexing of God’s people. Today we want to look at what Peter wrote concerning the Day of Judgment.

Everyone has ahead of them an inevitable meeting with God. There is coming a day of judgment, a day of reckoning. Millions of people in this world are living as if there is no such thing as a day of judgment, but God’s Word is sure on this subject and we need to heed the warnings in His word before it’s too late.

Several weeks ago we talked about the false teachers and prophets that Peter warned about. Then Peter went on and gave some examples of groups that sinned against God and were judged. He said if God spared not the angels that sinned, and spared not the old world living at the time of Noah, and spared not the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, then you can mark it down, He will judge this world as well!

Not only did God say that He would judge the ungodly and sinners, He also said in II Peter 2:9, “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations.” Remember that God took care of Noah and delivered him through the flood. God took care of Lot and brought him out of Sodom while the city was consumed by fire and brimstone. If God can deliver people from judgments like that, then you know that the Lord is going to be able to take care of you and I and deliver us as well, amen? Let’s look at some things here,

#1) The power of our sovereign God.

II Peter 2:9 says, “The Lord knoweth.” You see folks; we serve a sovereign God who knows all things! Nothing has ever escaped Him or gotten by Him! Not only have words and deeds not escaped God, no thought that we have ever had has escaped God! Psalm 1:1-6 says, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”

We all know how easy we get worked up when we think that things are not being done like they ought to be done. When we are not getting our fair share or someone we know is not getting his fair share, we often ask, “How can they get by with that?” The truth is, no one is getting by with anything! Our confidence and faith must be in the God that is all-powerful and all-knowing! It is in His hands! Genesis 18:25 says, “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”

God is going to take care of His business! Who is God’s business? All of God’s creation is His business! Everyone that has every drawn a breath of God’s air is going to have an inevitable meeting with God someday! Amos 4:2 says, “Prepare to meet thy God!” The question for all of us is, “Are you prepared to meet your God?” If you’ve never trusted Christ as your personal Savior and had the penalty of your sin forgiven, then you are not ready to meet God! If you are a child of God by faith in Christ, then you must trust the Lord and rest in Him knowing that He is in control and that He knows all things as our sovereign God.

#2) The promise to deliver.

II Peter says that God delivers the ungodly and reserves the unjust for judgment. The Bible also says that God performs a dual work for Christians. First of all He says that He will deliver us out of temptations. Think about this promise found in I Corinthians 10:12-13, “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

God makes a way of escape for us by the indwelling Holy Spirit. He gives us the power to say, “Lord help me in this moment of temptation to have victory and not yield to this sin.” Sin involves a conscious willing choice. Sin is not something that sneaks up on us and says, “I got you. You sinned.” It is not that way. We must seek the Lord for strength to make the right choice when tempted to sin.

Once again II Peter 2:9 says, “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the Day of Judgment to be punished.”  Peter is telling us that God delivers the godly and the unjust are reserved or set aside to the Day of Judgment. If we trust Him, He will deliver us from temptation.

Remember that God promised to deliver us from judgment but He has not promised to deliver us from the troubles of this world. God doesn’t have a glass enclosure or bubble that all Christians can get into and nothing will touch them. Job said in Job 14:1, “Man that is born of a woman is of a few days, and full of trouble.”

God says to His children, “I want you to know that you may suffer and you may have trials and persecution and even be put to death for your faith, but I am going to deliver you from judgment!” What a wonderful Savior we serve amen?

#3) The punishment of sin.

Again II Peter 2:9 says, “To reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.” While people are sinning and seeming to enjoy themselves, they are suffering! They do not know it at first; they are laughing their way to hell, blinded by the Devil himself! They are destroying their bodies which is a type of judgment. Their sins will find them out in their bodies in this life!

God has set aside a day to pronounce punishment on people. People are going to be cast into hell to be punished. It is real! Talking about the coming White Throne Judgment, Revelation 20:11-15 says, “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Two things are repeated here in Revelation chapter 20, the word “judged” and the words “cast into the Lake of Fire.” I don’t know about you but I don’t want to face God as a Judge. Hebrews 9:27 says, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” How are you going to face God; As a loving heavenly Father, or as a Judge? It’s up to you! Jesus said, “You must be born again.”

II Peter tells us what is found throughout God’s Word; there is a day of judgment coming! God will judge sin and sinners who haven’t accepted His free gift of salvation! Christ already was judged and paid the penalty for our sins on the cross! We must come to Him by faith, trusting Christ and being born again to receive the gift of eternal life through Christ.

Let’s pray.

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