Today we come to the end of chapter 2, which deals entirely with false teachers and those who follow their nonsense. As a result of this, many have fallen from the faith.
1. Only the gospel can deliver us from the corruption in the world. We have escaped the “pollutions of the world” through the knowledge of Jesus Christ. You can try to be a good Christian as much as you want but you will only be saved by Christ. Performance-based faith does not work.
There was a time in our lives when we were sinking. We were going to drown. But we called on God because no matter how hard we tried, we were not going to climb out of that pit on our own.
2. Weak believers that return to their former lives are severely warned by God. Those who understand redemption and go back to the very things Jesus Christ delivered them from are told that it would better if they had never even understood the concept of Jesus.
If you don’t know your Bible you are going to be a weak believer. That’s why it’s so important to go to a church that actually preaches the Bible. Man’s teachings will not change your heart. Behavior modification by itself does not make you a strong Christian.
The closer we get to the end times, the more scoffers and mockers will reveal themselves.
There’s no way we would ever physically spit in the face of Jesus, but we do this spiritually when we run back to the world. You see, we have nowhere else to go. Jesus has the words of life, and going back to the world should never be an option for believers.
Conviction is not a bad thing. It will lead you either to repentance or anger.
We all struggle and have hardships. We’re not bothered by the ones who are bothered by their sin. We’re bothered by the ones who are not bothered by their sin.
3. The difference between a profession and a possession is a true change of your nature. There are those who profess to love Jesus but their nature is filled with disgusting mannerisms. The only thing that changes your nature is a supernatural God. We keep going back to the same things if our nature hasn’t been changed.
Others will know you by your fruits.
One of the greatest scourges of modern-day churches is that they are filled by those who have never been genuinely transformed. If there is a difference inside of you, then you have been transformed.
Your life should be a living proof of your salvation. You are supposed to grow when you get saved, not go back to the things God redeemed you from.
God changes your nature. He changes your “want to.” If you are genuinely redeeemd then it will show. If there is no genuine transformation in your nature, then perhaps you have a false assurance, a false hope of salvation that you really don’t have.