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Read Introduction to 2 Peter

 

“For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment.”

 

into chains of darkness

The word “chains” means pit or deep hole. Secular Greek used the word “chains” for an underground granary. We get the English word “silo” from this term. This is a place of imprisonment for fallen angels until the time of final judgment.

“Chains of darkness” is a place of intense gloom where it was extremely dark. This is the gloom of the world below, nether darkness, a place of punishment. This is the gloom of the nether world. Feelings of despair and foreboding accompany this place (He 12:18). This pit of intense “gloom” is extremely dark. False teachers are kept in Tartarus, a place of intense darkness [I guess intense “darkness” befits their teaching]. This is a place of eternal depression.

to be reserved for judgment

These angels are “reserved for judgment.” When placed into Tartarus they are not yet in final judgment. God will haul them out of Tartarus for the final judgment (Mt 25:4). These angels have been in Tartarus for thousands of years yet it is still a temporary hell for them. They will be placed in permanent hell in the future. God is protecting His plan of salvation by having these rebels in this hell-jail.

PRINCIPLE:

God is consistent with His own character, therefore, He must judge that which is not consistent with Himself.

APPLICATION:

It comes as a shock to the “do gooder,” bleeding heart type of person that God can be a God of judgment. This is the general characteristic of liberal thinking today. Usually these people are sheltered types. They are weak sisters who are afraid to do the right thing. They compromise absolutes. Liberalism destroys the toughness and fiber of a national entity and they destroy the toughness of Christianity.

If you walk down a street and someone picks a fight with you, you have no choice but to fight that person [some of you do not know what I am talking about]. You have never lived in a situation where you had to fight to survive. You were never in a corner where you could not get out. Some people in the world do not understand how to “communicate.” These people do not understand good manners and politeness. That is their way life. We deal with these people differently than civilized people.

It also comes as a great shock to some people that God is consistent with Himself. God is immutable and He cannot change His character. God has a tough side. It is a “fearful thing to fall into the hands of an angry God.” If God were to change His character, He would no longer be absolute. God has a perfect Being. How can He change that? He would be stupid to change perfect consistency.

Liberals emphasize God’s love to the exclusion of His other attributes. Love is only one of God’s characteristics. Judgment is another. We cannot separate love and judgment when it comes to God. God is not free to give eternal life to everyone.

Only very dumb people love everyone the same way without discretion. We have heard the phrase “fat, dumb and happy.” This is an idiom that everything is “wonderful.” God has more than one attribute. He is more than love. Love is at His essence but He has more attributes than love. Just because you love people, this does not mean that you do not use discernment in business.

Certain attributes call for different situations. If it is necessary for you to be wise and tough, you do it. If it is necessary for you to love, you do it. Liberals latch on only one attribute – love. This is distortion. It is a distortion of God for God is more than love. God can love and God can be tough [toughness is also part of His love]. God is love but He is also justice and righteousness.

Some organizations try to sell us on the fact that our relationship with God does not mean anything. These organizations are hard core apostate organizations. These people are often very pleasant and charismatic. They are always self-righteous and very sincere but much diluted about the Bible. So, they peddle their false doctrine of a distorted God. These people even delude evangelical Christians. Naïve sheep drink from muddy water. Sheep who know the Bible do not drink from muddy water but drink from the clear springs of God’s Word.

For God to be consistent with Himself, He must judge false teachers. He will always judge false teachers. The goat is the false teacher. Do not look for any horns or red epidermis or forked tail!

There is only one thing worse than injustice and that is justice without her sword in her hands. When right is not might, right is evil. God’s justice grinds slow but sure.

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