4 Minute Read + Scripture readings
TODAY’S BIBLE READING:
2 Peter 2:1-22
TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
2 Peter 2:21 (CSB): “For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy command delivered to them.”
REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
Our Verse for Today is one of the many serious verses in the Bible that should cause us to stop and ponder its meaning.
Essentially, it is a warning to those who have heard the Gospel and the truth of God’s Word and failed to embrace it so as to let it change their life. Listen to what the previous verse says, noting the last phrase…
2 Peter 2:20 (CSB): “For if, having escaped the world’s impurity through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in these things and defeated, the last state is worse for them than the first.”
Simply put, if you have heard God’s Word and failed to make the adjustments and live according to it, especially refusing to embrace the Gospel, then you are worse off than someone who has never heard it. Your judgment on the day when Jesus judges the living and the dead will be more strict.
Because those who have never been exposed to God’s Word are sinners but they don’t have the knowledge of God’s Word to tell them what sin is or how God moved to remedy our sin problem. Those who have been exposed to God’s Word know what God condemns and, therefore, when they sin, they are doing it intentionally and with full knowledge that it is wrong. Further, they know about Jesus but their refusal to submit to Him means that they have intentionally rejected Him.
If you have access to God’s Word, you are blessed. Through it, we come to understand who our God is, what He thinks of us, how we can come into relationship with Him, how we are to live, and what our eternal home is like.
But, realize that your access to God’s Word means that you have access to the words of life. So, do not reject them. Embrace them.