29: Right Thinking About Judgment

Message 29 of 31 in the series Letters from Peter

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard); then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, 10  and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority.

Bold and willful, they do not tremble as they blaspheme the glorious ones, 11 whereas angels, though greater in might and power, do not pronounce a blasphemous judgment against them before the Lord. 12  But these, like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed, blaspheming about matters of which they are ignorant, will also be destroyed in their destruction, 13 suffering wrong as the wage for their wrongdoing. They count it pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, while they feast with you. 14 They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children! 15 Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing, 16  but was rebuked for his own transgression; a speechless donkey spoke with human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.

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2 Peter 2:4-16, ESV

Discussion Questions

  • Read Hebrews 9:27-28 and 2 Corinthians 5:9-10

    Who will face judgment?

    How will the judgment of the ungodly differ from the judgment of the godly?

    What type of judgment will those who are in Christ face?

  • Read 2 Peter 2:5 and Genesis 6:8-9

    Where did Noah’s righteousness come from?

    How does the reality that we do not make ourselves righteous soften our stance toward the ungodly?

    Does the truth that every person will face God in judgment impact how you see people?

  • Read 2 Peter 2:9

    How are the ungodly being punished even today?

    The godly are often impacted by injustice and difficulties from living in a world filled with sin. How does it encourage us when we understand that God knows how to deliver the godly through their trials?

  • Read 2 Peter 2:8 and then read 2 Peter 2:9-15

    What are some of the differences you see between the righteous (Lot) and the unrighteous (false teachers)?

    How does the reality of coming judgement help the godly to restrain from sin?

  • Read 2 Peter 2:14

    What does it mean that the false teachers target the unstable? Read 2 Peter 1:12. How do we establish (root) ourselves in the truth?

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