Moody Global Ministries – Today in the Word – GOD’S SALVATION IN THE LAST DAYS

Read 2 PETER 3:15–18

In 1972, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission began requiring child-resistant packaging for medicines in response to the number of children who were accidentally poisoned by ingesting aspirin, medications, or other household products. After the requirement, the number of child deaths plummeted, from 216 deaths in 1972 to 29 fatalities in 1999. These prevention measures have saved many lives.

Peter is also urging his readers to take preventive measures to inoculate themselves against the poison of the false teachers. The core ingredient of their poison was misrepresentation of the Word of God. These blasphemers were not ignorant of God’s commands; rather, they distorted and twisted Scripture—including the teaching of Jesus and the apostles—to justify their own immorality (v. 16). Satan in the Garden of Eden had questioned the nature of God’s command to not eat from the tree; now the false prophets questioned the nature of God’s character, arguing that their lives of lust and greed proved that God’s judgment was an empty threat.

Not so, says Peter! They’ve misconstrued the evidence. The delay in God’s judg- ment doesn’t reveal His impotence—it is evidence of His patience! His grace and mercy abound, giving sinners opportunity for repentance (v. 15). Judgment will come, but so will God’s salvation.

The best way to prevent the deadly poison of apostasy is to continue growing “in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (v. 18). We grow in our knowledge of Him through prayer and the study of His Word, and we grow in grace through our commitment to live in a way that reflects His character of love, humility, and truth. May we stand strong in our faith, and may our lives bring Him glory!

APPLY THE WORD

God’s patience extends salvation to us, His Word guides us, a relationship with Him brings us joy, and we have the promise of eternal life forever in His presence. Make a list of the blessings of God for which you’re thankful, and when you face the temptations from the world, use it as a reminder of who God is and what He has done for you.

 

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