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Temple Baptist Church - 5-2-20182 Peter 2:9Introduction: A. Tonight, I want to look at an interesting verse. First, let us put it in its context.1. False teachers have always had an adverse influence upon God's children.a) Satan deceived Eve and Adam followed her lead in eating the forbidden fruit. God delivered Adam and Eve through the shedding of blood.b) From Adam to Noah's day, Satan continued his work until God destroyed the world by a flood but delivered Noah's family.B. In Genesis 19, God purposes to destroy the cities of the plain because of their wickedness. Abraham pleaded with the Lord to spare the cities for the “righteous” sake but ended his bargaining too quickly with the number 10. He thought that there were 10 righteous because of the number in Lot's family.(Lot, his wife, and two virgin daughters are mentioned in Genesis 19:8. This makes 4. In Genesis 19:12, there is the mention of “sons” plural so we know that there were at least two sons living in Sodom. That brings the total to 4+2 which is 6. In Genesis 19:14, it mentions “sons in law” that married his “daughters” so we know that there at least 4 more there. 4+2+4 = 10. Abraham was wrong because he though that they all would be righteous. They were not!)C. The angels were sent to Sodom because God could not destroy the righteous with the wicked.Genesis 19:16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.Genesis 19:22 Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.D. The angels had to forcibly remove Lot, his wife, and two daughters from Sodom.1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,E. Our text speaks of delivering the “godly” from temptations. God's children face temptations every day. We, that are saved, are in a constant war with our flesh but most us still can overcome the flesh and live godly lives. 1. Thank God for His longsuffering and grace.2. Thank God for His mercy and forgiveness.3. Thank the God for His great love that causes Him to be better to us than we deserve.F. But, there are some believers who are entangled in sin, never get victory, and eventually just give in to it. At that point, God must deliver them.1. God may take you home when you harden your neck against His wooing. Proverbs 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.2. God may take you home when you rebel against legitimate church discipline. 1 Corinthians 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.3. God may take you home when you partake of the Lord's Supper unworthily. 1 Corinthians 11:30-32 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. (31) For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. (32) But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.4. God may take you home when you have committed a sin unto death. 1 John 5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. (These are sins that the Bible places a death sentence upon.)G. Why God had to deliver Lot:1. Lot was Willful. “For that righteous man” He was just, righteous, and godly. He was saved and knew better.Genesis 13:12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.2. Lot was Warned. “dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing”Genesis 13:13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly. (This was no surprise to Lot! He knew in advance what awaited him in Sodom.)3. Lot was Worn. “vexed his righteous soul” Vexed means to “wear down” Genesis 19:7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. (Can't you hear Lot pleading with the sodomites?)4. Lot was Worsening. “from day to day with their unlawful deeds” Things were not going to get better or change. Genesis 19:16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.Conclusion: Lot left God no choice. 2 Peter 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
Temple Baptist Church - 4-25-20182 Peter 2:6-8Introduction: A. In our text for tonight, we find the ultimate deliverance of God's people in the midst of false teachings, falling away, and ungodliness in this present, evil world.B. The grace of God is both evident and marvelous in light of history.1. God delivered Adam and Eve from presumptuous sin in the Garden of Eden by shedding the blood of an animal to make atonement for their sinfulness. Then, God gave Genesis 3:15, the promised Seed of the Woman, for eternal remission of the sins of those who believe upon Christ.2. God delivered Noah and his family from the destruction of the flood through obedience to God's commandment to build an Ark. Noah's family was kept safe through the promise of God and was given the promise that God would never destroy the Earth by water again.3. God delivered Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked because of his imputed righteousness through faith.C. I have always marveled at this passage because of the compromise and sinfulness found in Lot.1. The Book of 2 Peter deals with the problems associated with the end-times and the second coming of Christ. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah are a type of the impending doom of those who have rejected the gospel of Jesus Christ. 2. Lot is a type of the end-time church with its association and consequent defilement just prior to the Rapture. These Old Testament examples are written for our admonition and need to be scrutinized in light of the times in which we live. 2. The last mention of Lot finds him living in a cave, getting drunk, committing incest with his two daughters, with no mention of him ever getting right with the Lord. Lost his salvation? There is not place in Scripture where a saved man was ever lost again. D. Let's look at the marvelous grace of God manifested in an Old Testament saint.1. Who Was Lot?a. Lot was a man of great heritage - Genesis 12:4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.b. Lot was a man of great wealth - Genesis 13:5 And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.c. Lot was a man of great rebellion - Genesis 13:8, 10-11 Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren. And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. d. Lot was a man of great compromise - Genesis 13:12-13 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.e. Lot was a man of great salvation - 2 Peter 2:7-9 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:1) He was declared Just in verse 7 - a judicial term meaning “just as if he had never sinned”2) He was declared Righteous in verse 8 – imputation of Christ's righteousness3) He was declared Godly in verse 9 – meaning pious or devout(like it or not, Lot was eternally saved!)2. How Was Lot Defiled?a. He dwelt – 2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.Psalms 1:1 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.b. He saw – Psalms 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.c. He listened – Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.d. He vexed (to oppress) - 2 Peter 1:9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. e. He continued – “day to day”3. Why Was Lot Delivered? a. Because of God's eternal promise.John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, b. Because of God's eternal love.Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
Over the past few days, I've been focusing my articles on the plight of America.Â I believe with all of my heart that America is going to face the wrath of God if we do not turn back to him soon.Â This is the third article out of four where I discuss this topic.Â If you have not already read the first two articles, The Coming Destruction of America and Obama's Post Christian America, I would strongly encourage you to do so before reading this post.Â I think that they will aid in expressing my heart on this matter as you read this article. Most people drastically underestimate the consequences of sin.Â Many people wrongfully believe that their sins, however large or small, will have little or no consequences and that if it does have consequences it will be only on the person comitting the sin.Â Yet the Bible clearly displays example after example demontrating a clear pattern that this is not the case. When Joshua was leading the armies of God into the promised land, one man chose to disregard the Lord's instructions.Â A man named Achan stole a set of clothes and a few pieces of money.Â Shortly after Achan's mild indescretion, Joshua led the people into battle again.Â This time they were met with defeat.Â The army of God who clearly outnumbered their enemies faced a tragic defeat due to the sins of one man.Â After the battle Achan was killed along with his entire family.Â The consequences of his sin resulted in the defeat of an army and the death of his family.David's advisors had encouraged him not to number the people.Â After all, God had clearly forbidden the kings of Israel from taking the census.Â Instead of relying on numbers, God simply wanted David to rely on Him.Â Didn't David know that God could provide for his nation's defense?Â But David persisted.Â He numbered the people.Â As a result, God took the lives of thousands of Israelites.Â Again the consequences of sin went far beyond the sinner.When the prophet Jeremiah looked out over his nation, he saw a nation that like America, drastically underestimated the consequences of their sin.Â They believed that they could continue living their lives however they liked without ever having to feel the pain of any consequences.Â They turned their back on God and believed that their national safety, their economy, and their way of life would simply continue uninterupted.Â "...Yet my people have forgotten me days without number."Â ~ Jeremiah 2:32Unfortunately for this great prophet, he lived to see the destruction of these people who he had so fervently pleaded with to turn back to God.Â Bablyon swept in and destroyed their cities, killed and enslaved their men, and took their women and children captive. Â Â "How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people!Â How is she become as a widow! She that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!" ~ Lamentations 1:1Jeremiah looked ahead and saw the destruction that he had been preaching about for years.Â He saw first hand the consequences of their sins coming down upon them...and he wept.Â Look again at that first verse in Lamentations, "How doth the city sit solitary...she that was great among the nations..."Â Do we think that America is exempt from the wrath of God?Â Do we think that our patriotism trumps God's disgust with sin?Â America boasts her tolerance of sodomy, her allowance of on-demand murder of unborn children, her divorce kits purchasable at Wal-Mart, her growing pornography industry, and her rejection of God from our society.Â Yet America, and most Christians, fail to realize that our days are numbered.Â We will see the curse of Jeremiah soon.Â Sin always has its consequences.Â I would say that I hope that I don't see it in my day, but then I am just wishingÂ it on my children.Â I'd like to see it stayed for good.Â In Christ,Nicholas Z. CardotNicholas Z. Cardot is the founder and site administrator for the Baptist Muse, a site dedicated to challenging Christians to think on the things of God by promoting and defending the Biblical truths for which historical Baptists have lived and died.
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