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2 Peter 3:6: And That By Means Of These The World That Then Existed Was Deluged With Water And Perished.

2 Peter 3:6
[6] And that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. (ESV)

Peter has a reminder for the false teachers of the flood, in which God brought judgment upon the whole known world. The heretics wanted to believe in a theology in which they could live lives as immorally as they desired without any fear of facing God's judgment. Here they are reminded that God did bring judgment, and he will bring judgment again when he returns.

There is a great similarity between these false teachers whom the Apostle Peter is addressing and the people who rejected the warnings of judgment that Noah brought. For over one hundred years, while Noah was building the ark, he was warning the people of the coming judgment. Only Noah's family went onto the ark and were rescued. All the rest perished in the flood.

In Genesis 6:7-8, we read, "So the LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” [8] But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD." The false teachers of the Apostle Peter's day had clearly and intentionally ignored this passage of Scripture.

God has always been wrathful against the wickedness of man. In the account we read in Genesis 6, God promised to blot man from the face of the land. Peter promised that God would bring judgment again, this time not by water. Just as the inclinations of man were evil in Genesis 6, Peter is addressing the evil inclinations of the false teachers in the church.

God will bring judgment. We need to be sure that we have confessed our sin to the Savior, so that God's wrath will be satisfied at the cross, and not upon us for eternity.



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