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It Would Be Better for Them Not to Have Known

June 6, 2019

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It Would Be Better for Them Not to Have Known

What we do with Christ  when we gain some knowledge about Him  is a matter  of life or death.     Peter had to talk  to the church  about that  because there were many false preachers going around  with all sorts of destructive lies  to tear down the faith  of the early Christians.

According to all of  2 Peter 2,  these false preachers “knew”  about Jesus,  but wanted to use Christianity as a means  of exploiting people  for their own greedy purposes.     In 2 Peter 2:13,  Peter describes these false preachers  by saying,

They count it a pleasure  to revel  in the daytime.     They are stains and blemishes,  reveling in their deceptions,  as they carouse with you;  having eyes full of adultery  and that never cease  from sin;  enticing unstable souls,  having a heart trained  in greed,  accursed children;  forsaking the right way  they have gone astray…….

These sorts of false preachers  are still around today.     They know the difference between their purposes  for teaching false doctrines  and what the Bible actually teaches — but,  they are counting on people  not reading God’s word  and discovering their deceitful ways.     Many of these false preachers mix teachings  from several different religions  and claim they have a new “enlightened” way  of knowing God.     What we need to be aware of  is that they know just enough  about the Bible  to twist it  into damnable heresies.

That is why 2 Peter 2:20-22  says  about them,

For if  after they have escaped the defilements  of the world  by the knowledge  of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,  they are again  entangled in them  and are overcome,  the last state has become worse  for them  than the first.

For it would be better  for them not  to have known  the way of righteousness,  than having known it,  to turn away  from the holy commandment delivered  to them.

It has happened  to them  according to the true proverb,  ‘A dog returns  to its own vomit,’   and   ‘A sow,  after washing,  returns to wallowing  in the mire.’

We can point out the grossness  of these false preachers — but,  what about our own lives?     Are we sticking  to the eternal truths  of God  or not?     We are the ones choosing the way  we are going.     We don’t have to allow false preachers  to lead us around by the nose.     We’ve got the Bible — God’s eternal word — we can choose  to be strengthened  in God’s truths  or to follow the defilements  of this world.

If we choose to be defiled,  we need to remember  that there will be eternal consequences.     Peter is pleading  for Christians  to hang onto the truths  they have learned.     It is disastrous  to disregard God’s word  and follow the polluted ways  of this lustful world.     Whatever the “enticement” on earth,  it will never be worth it  in eternity.

Why should we allow ourselves  to be exploited  by the falseness  of this world?     It makes us losers  all the way around.

As we turn back  to our Lord and Savior  for forgiveness and strength,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your way of salvation is filled  with joy,  peace, and glory forever more.     Help us  to hold tightly  onto Your ways and promises  in Jesus Christ.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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