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[2 Peter 3:9] Promise
– singular; it’s talking about the inheritance.
This passage includes the author as well as to those to whom he’s
writing; he’s not willing that any of us should perish [apollumi] – “of
us” is the implication and it is the same in the Greek.
He’s not willing that any of us should perish, but that we all might
come to repentance. This has to do with the promise; singular; our inheritance in
the coming Kingdom.
[Galatians 3:14] Now,
“the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Christ”, does
not make reference of salvation being extended to the Gentiles, because again,
you have to keep in mind that Gentiles have always been able to be saved.
But, this pertains to the promise made possible by the ministry of the
Holy Spirit, keeping in mind the ministry of the Holy Spirit is a teaching
ministry revealing the deep things of God, and the deep things pertaining to the
mysteries of the Kingdom of the Heavens and the deep things pertaining to ruling
Look down in [verse 18].
Then, [verse 19]. In other
words, the inheritance belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ, and we can share in
The Lord is not slack concerning that promise.
He’s not willing that any of us should lose our life in the coming age.
He desires for all of us to grow into maturity and be spiritual adults
and responsible spiritual adults. He
wants us to be faithful, so when we stand at the Judgment Seat of Christ, we may
hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a
few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of
[Luke 13] This
is a passage you hear many evangelists quoting, and it’s being quoted out of
context quite often. They use it in
terms of repentance, not even taking into account the word “perishing”; in
verse 3, when you hear an evangelist say, “My Bible says, except you repent,
you shall likewise perish”. Well,
“likewise” is the key to that verse. Look
at the “likewise” in verse 1 and 2: [verses 1-3] You
shall in like manner have your life taken from you; you too will be killed.
That’s the “likewise”. That
doesn’t have anything to do with being saved or born from above.
This is in context having to do with those who would repent
of their sins or they too will suffer the judgment of God, just like those at
Galilee did. Also, down here in
[verse 4-5]. Again, having their
lives taken away from them.
Think of the verse in 1 John 5:16, where it says, “There
is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.”
There are Christians who commit sin unto death, and God is going to take
them off the scene. Their labor and work, and indeed, their embarrassment to the
Lord is over, and they will be taken off the scene and they will no longer
embarrass the Lord with their sinful life and waywardness.
These too perish because of a sin unto death, so to speak.
[Luke 15] We
were here last Sunday. This is
talking about the sheep that went astray. [verses
4-7] Here we find sheep that were
in the fold; they were having fellowship with the Lord and others in the fold
and he goes his own way. Elsewhere,
we find that he goes into the mountains. The
implication is that he comes under the influence of the world, the flesh, and
devil, and the lord finds that sheep and brings him back into the fold.
This word “lose”, in verse 4 and the word “loss” in
verse 4 and the word “loss” in 6 are all “perishing” or losing one’s
life. When he says, “heaven
rejoices over one sinner that repenteth”, this is talking about Christian
sinners. Not lost people. Not people on their way to hell.
This has to do with sinners who repent, or return unto the fold, more
than ninety and nine just persons which need no repentance.
Who are just people? Who
are the just that need no repentance in contrast to the just that need no
repentance? That’s the contrast.
[Luke 1:6] Zechariah
and Elizabeth are both righteous (just; same word).
They were both just or righteous…
Walking in those commandments; being blameless; their lives were ordered;
they were walking; it was a part of their lives; it was the way they lived.
When you walk in something, this doesn’t have to do with where you
step, it’s your way of life. Zechariah
and Elizabeth were just and they needed no repentance.
The implication is the sheep that is perishing is not
walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord, blameless.
Today, we don’t have to walk in the ordinances, because Jesus the
Christ nailed those to his cross. That
took care of that. But, the
commandments, we are responsible for; we’re responsible
for following the rules; we’re responsible for running the race according to
the rules. So, we find here that
Zechariah and Elizabeth are just.
What will be the consequences of the unjust?
[1 Corinthians 6:9] “Know
ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit [it’s a family matter] the
kingdom of God?” Here is the same Greek word that we are studying; “just”;
except this has the prefix “a”, meaning “unjust”.
The sheep that is going astray, or perishing, is an unjust sheep.
He is not walking in the commandments of the Lord.
Here, we find the unjust shall not inherit the Kingdom of God.
“Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor
adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves,
nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners,
shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are
sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the
Spirit of our God.”
The implication here is that when we get away from the
commandments of our Lord and get away from the Word, then we are vulnerable.
We are open to fall into this list of sins.
Look what he says here: “He
says neither fornicators…”
We can get away from the word of God and his commandments and if we stay
away long enough, we can become fornicators; idolaters; adulterers; effeminate;
abusers of ourselves; thieves; covetous; drunkards; revilers; extortioners.
There’s not a sin in the book that a Christian can’t
commit. And the first step in that
direction is to get away from God’s Word.
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “This book will keep you away
from sin, or sin will keep you away from this book”, and that’s the truth.
When you’re in this book; when you’re in the word; when you’re
having fellowship with those who love the word, you’re going to find that
there’s a common encouragement to stay in the word.
That’s why the Bible says, “forsake not the assembling of yourselves
together”. And so much the more
so as you see the day approaching. It’s going to become harder and harder and harder to live
an obedient Christian life.
I think that when the Lord had Paul write this passage in
[1 Corinthians 10:11]. We read OT
examples and types pertaining to believers; pertaining to the OT saints, whom
God destroyed. Look up here
in [verse 6-7]. It’s easy to eat
and drink today. It’s easy for us
to play today. Why? Because our society is built around fun and excitement.
The philosophy today is, “if it feels good, do it”.
[Verse 8-10: Neither
let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three
and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted,
and were destroyed [they were perished] of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some
of them also murmured, and were destroyed [apollumi; perished] of the destroyer
[not apollumi; the exterminator; different word.]
We’re living in an age in which we need encouragement from one another.
And these things were given unto us to help us in these last
times, because it will be easy for us to become idolaters and to lust after evil
things. When you think about the TV
that puts before us all sorts of evil things, think about how careful we need to
be as to what we see, because we can be drawn after those things.
Idolatry, fornication, murmering, etc.
But, we find that the sheep that goes astray is an unjust
sheep and he will not have an inheritance in the Kingdom of our lord and savior
Jesus Christ. And the sheep that is
going astray from the flock will perish or will lose his life for the coming
We find this word perish back in [Luke 15].
Some of these sins in 1 Corinthians 10 were found in 1 Corinthians 6,
which are things if they are found in a Christian’s life will disqualify him
for an inheritance in the coming Kingdom. Here
in Luke 15, we see that the coin also carries with it the word perish in [verse
9], and also I want to show you the parallel, the Holy Spirt, the father, deals
with us as far as us losing our life. Down
in [verse 17]; again the Greek word apollumi.
So, the son repented and went back to the father.
Now, you have to keep this in mind:
The son was in the father’s house; he was not lost.
He was in the family. He
decided he would go his own way; he decided to eat, drink, and be merry; he
decided to live it up. But, he came
to himself and he repented.
That’s the reason the Lord says, “Heaven rejoices over
one sinner that repents more than ninety-nine just”. And so, he came to himself and said “I have sinned against
heaven and before thee”, talking about his own sins, and the father received
him and put on him the best robe, and a ring, and shoes on his feet, and gave
him a place of honor in his home.
[Verse 24; lost-apollumi] and that’s the way it is in the
[Luke 17:27-29: This
is talking about the days of Noah and in the days of Lot; destroyed-apollumi x
2] The thing I want you to see is
[verse 32]. Why?
[Verse 33] Here we find
“apollumi” again; it’s the same word as destroyed up in 27 and 29.
“Remember Lot’s Wife.” She
lost her inheritance. She turned
into a pillar of salt. How
terrible, right? That is not bad,
but it’s not the best. Salt is
always good until it has lost its savor. Then,
it doesn’t even help the dung pile.
[Hebrews 11] When
I think about Lot’s wife, I think about Esau and Jacob.
[Hebrews 11:20; this is talking about Isaac, Jacob & Esau]
Esau was not a lost man. Esau
is a picture of a Christian who lives in the world.
If the legal order of primogeniture was in effect here, Esau’s name
would have come first, because the firstborn son is always named first; but he
was disqualified from that inheritance. So,
that’s why we find Jacob first in the order of names; because he got the
birthright. What I want you to see
here, though, is that Esau got a blessing also.
[Hebrews 12:16-17] Esau committed the sin unto death. He lost his life. He committed the unpardonable sin. Esau sold his birthright. He had no regard for the inheritance; for the blessings of the coming Kingdom; for positions of authority; for rewards. He had no regard for all of this; he esteemed it not and he forfeited it and Jacob is the one who got it; Jacob esteemed these things. The thing I want you to see here is, “he sought it carefully with tears”. He wept after he found out what he had lost.
There’s going to be weeping at the Judgment Seat of
Christ because of Christians who have lost their lives because they wanted to
eat, drink, and be merry. They’re
going to have lost their lives because they wanted to live it up today.
[Luke 17] We
have already looked at this in other passages in Matthew 16, but look here in
[verse 32-33a: Remember Lot's wife.
Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it:]
Shall perish; his life shall be lost.
That life has to do with life in the coming Kingdom; and honor and glory;
sharing in the inheritance of the Lord. [and
whosoever shall lose his life] or cause his life to perish today; this is not
talking about suicide, but whosoever shall cause his ambitions to be put to
death. In Colossians 3:5, we’re
exhorted to mortify therefore our members so that we may seek those things that
[Whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it] or shall
find it. When?
In the coming age.
[Luke 19] in closing and I want to read to you verse 10. “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost [perishing; apollumi].” [Luke 19:26-27] We’ll pick up here next Sunday, Lord willing.