Posts Tagged ‘Destruction


Why We Tell Others

Paul told the Philippians that many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. He then goes on to describe the destiny of those who live that way. He wrote:

Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. – Philippians 3:19 (NIV)

For believers in Christ, we know that our destiny is eternal life with Jesus. We’ll live forever in the presence of God the Father. Those who reject Jesus Christ here on earth are destined for destruction. This is why we tell people about Jesus. It’s not because Christians are better. It’s not because Christians have it all together. It’s not because we are superior. It’s because we love the world just like God loves the world. If you were headed the wrong way toward a bridge that was out, wouldn’t you want someone to tell you? It’s been said that Christians are just beggars who found bread trying to tell others where to find bread. Let love be your motivation for telling others about Jesus and let’s do it quickly.

Reserved For Fire

Peter wrote about those who would scoff and mock the Lord and His second coming. He said that they would mistake the Lord’s tarrying as proof that He isn’t coming. He then writes:

But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. – 2 Peter 3:5-7 (NIV)

When Jesus returns, the universe and all that is in it will be cleansed with fire. Everything tainted and marred by sin will be purified by fire. The most sobering words in this passage are found in verse 7. There is a day of judgment and destruction coming for the ungodly. We who know Jesus must be diligent in sounding the alarm that judgment is coming. Destruction is the destiny for all those apart from Christ. If we love our neighbors, we’ll let them know. Not in a condemning sort of way, but with love and concern.

The Destiny Of False Teachers

In 2 Peter 2, the apostle Peter talks at length about false teachers. He describes them as bold and arrogant and writes about their destiny. He said:

Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings;11 yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not heap abuse on such beings when bringing judgment on them from  the Lord. 12 But these people blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like unreasoning animals, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like animals they too will perish. – 2 Peter 2:10b-12 (NIV)

Peter says that they blaspheme in matters they do not understand. The false teachers will perish he said. These words should be sobering for anyone who teaches and preaches the Word of God. God will hold pastors and teachers accountable. Teaching and preaching are serious matters and should not be taken lightly.

The Outcome

One of the hardest things about which to preach and teach is the topic of hell. We don’t like thinking about it and we don’t like talking about it. But God’s Word talks about it and warns us that hell is real. Peter wrote:

For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And,
“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” – 1 Peter 4:17-18 (NIV)

Jesus said that the road to eternal life is narrow and the gate to enter Heaven is small. The road that leads to destruction is broad and the gate is wide. In other words, few find eternal life and many are on their way to destruction. So what are followers of Christ to do? We have to sound the warning! Just because hell is real, and it is, doesn’t mean that anyone has to go there! We can warn those who are doomed that they need to fully obey the Gospel of God. We don’t do it arrogantly or with condemnation in our hearts. We’re no better for we were once on the road to destruction. We must quickly warn them out of love and compassion because Christ will return and then it will be too late.

Praying For One Another

One of the more difficult to understand passages of Scripture is in 1 John 5. John writes:

If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin,and there is sin that does not lead to death.

​ – 1 John 5:16-17 (NIV)​
So for whom and for what are we supposed to pray? We need to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ and that they will not persist in sin. We need to pray that we will all confess our sins and repent from them. Sin is serious as it says in verse 17. For the believer in Jesus, our sins are forgiven by God’s grace through faith expressed in Jesus. Though we all continue to sin, God is faithful to forgive. For those outside of Christ, their sins are not forgiven until they come to Jesus for forgiveness. They are on the path to destruction. Pray for them to come to Christ and pray for each other that we may continually walk in the light.

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