2 Peter 2:18-22
18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
What in the World do these verse mean?
The book of II Peter has a particular theme, to make sure we are the elect, or saved. The key verse of II Peter is…
2 Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
Can we fall from our calling and election?
Many preachers today would emphatically tell you that this is an impossibility, but I Peter 4:18 tells us…
1 Peter 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
Yes, dear friend, preachers everywhere today are telling us about God’s grace, His lovingkindness, His compassion, His mercy, but they leave out anything about God’s judgment.
God is very compassionate. The Bible declares…
22 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
The Bible, however, also declares…
Hebrews 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
Dear friend, God does not have to let you into His kingdom. He is God, and He is righteous. Hebrews chapter 10 teaches that God has provided one sacrifice to perfect us forever. Verse 29 tells us what happens if we trample that sacrifice.
I do not dare say that a Christian has to be good enough to get into heaven. I John 1 teaches that we cannot say that we have no sin. I can tell you that God expects us to keep trusting in Jesus until the end of our lives. I can also tell you that faith without works is dead.
Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Galatians here speaks of coming into bondage again. In this case, the passage is speaking specifically about grace verses works. In the first passage, above, the passage warns of the false teachings bringing people back into bondage. This is possible when someone trusts Jesus Christ and then thinks that they need to complete some other work to pardon their sins.
Galatians warns against this.
2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
If you try to add one work to earn your salvation or provide you with forgiveness, you would fall from the grace of Christ, and now you have to keep the whole Old Testament law in order to get into heaven. The Bible says that Jesus blood covers us from all sins. I suggest you repent of the great wickedness of trusting in yourself, unless you fall, and become in a worse state than the beginning, a reprobate. Dear friend, a reprobate can never be resaved!
On the flip side, there is another bondage the Bible speaks of.
15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
How can this be? I thought that a Christian still sinned. This is true, but God gives us the power to be victorious over sin. Consider I John.
1 John 3:6-9
6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
Let no man deceive you, dear friend. This is not speaking of accidentally sinning, but living in deliberate sin every day. If you are living in sin, you are not born of God. I does not matter that you have prayed for God to forgive you. You are not truly repentant of your sins. Therefore, let your works show that you have Jesus Christ in you. When you do sin, humbly ask God to forgive you and to not lead you in temptation but deliver you from evil.