Bought With a Price
Sequel to 2 Peter Chapter Two
2 Pet 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
We look at this verse and wonder. If the Lord "bought" them, how can they bring upon themselves "destruction? It this an indication that a "blood bought" believer can lose his salvation?
1 Cor 6:20 For ye are "bought" with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
1 Cor 7:23 Ye are "bought" with a price; be not ye the servants of men.
1 Pet 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed (redeemed with a price-bought with a price) with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
You all know, if you read my past writings and the articles by others on my web page, that I preach "once saved-always saved". I believe the Bible teaches this doctrine
One can read 2 Peter Chapter 2 regarding false teachers and see the statements identifying these false teachers as doomed to an everlasting hell.
Verse One. " bring upon themselves swift destruction".
Verse Three. " their damnation slumbereth not".
False teachers are unrepentant sinners.
Verse 4. " God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell".
Verse5. God condemned the Old World and destroyed it with a flood.
Verse 6. God condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha, and destroyed them.
False teachers are unjust.
Verse 9. God reserves the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
Verse 12. These false teachers are made to be taken and destroyed.
Verse 13.They shall receive the reward of unrighteousness
Verse 14. They cannot cease from sin. They are "reserved" (verse 9) for hell. They are as good as already there.
These false teachers are compared to Balaam who was hired by the king of Moab to curse Israel. (Num. Chapters 22-24) Balaam was to be given high honor and paid what he asked. Balaam went to curse Israel-BUT.
Deut 23:5 Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee.
Now back to these false teachers who denied the Lord that "bought" them. Were they "once saved" and forsaken the way of righteousness and so "lost their salvation"? No! NOT SO!
These false teachers "knew" the way of righteousness. They "know" the Bible. They memorize the Bible and quote from it. But they do not "follow" the knowledge they have. Rather than "obey" the scripture that they "know", they "twist" it to make it say what they want it to say.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
The key word here is "whosoever". Christ died for "all" sinners, so why aren't "all" sinners saved?
Matt 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Why only a remnant?
Rom 11:5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
Christ dies for ALL sinners. He paid the penalty that God put on sin for EVEYBODY. He offers ALL sinners the gift of eternal life because of what HE, Christ has done.
B-U-T- sinners must "accept" this free gift. By the way, if a gift isn't "free" it is not a "gift" to begin with. It is recompense/payment.
So although these false teachers were "bought by Christ", they do not "belong to Him" because they never "accepted" the gift of salvation. If you were to "buy" something for me it would be "mine", IF I accepted it.
In the days of American slavery, if a slave was "bought" from slavery and given his "freedom" he would be free, IF he accepted that gift of freedom purchased for him by another.
IF he choose to stay with his slave master, he would still be a "slave". He would not be a "redeemed man". He would still be in "bondage to slavery".
Same thing with salvation. We must "believe" we were bought and come "in faith" to the One Who bought us. We must repent for the thing that was the cause of our needing redemption in the first place. THAT THING WAS SIN.
One more example please.
If you were to buy for me a lottery ticket, and it was a "winning ticket", I wouldn't "receive" the winnings unless I "accepted" the ticket that was bought for me. It is not the "purchaser" of the ticket that receives the winnings. It is the "holder" of the ticket.
See- we are saved by grace "through" faith. It is "God's grace" AND "our faith" that saves us.
Many ministers are afraid to preach "repentance". They think repentance is a "work". Well- how about "believing"? How about "having faith" in the Lord Jesus Christ? If "repentance" is a work, then "faith" and "belief" is a work also.
We must "believe" the gospel (Mark 1:15) and come to "repentance" toward God and "faith" towards the Lord Jesus Christ, for salvation. (Acts 20:21)
Any "other" way and we would be Calvinists who believe that a man is saved "in spite" of himself , and whether he likes it or not. We would believe that a man couldn't inherit eternal life, no matter what. We would believe man has "no choice" in the matter of eternal salvation or eternal damnation. We would be "pre-programmed zombies", and if that be the case, why didn't God pre-program Adam & Eve so that they "couldn't sin"?
Why would God create "no choice" billions "predestined" to an eternal hell while saving only a very small "no choice" remnant. You call THAT a loving and just God? This is NOT the God of the Bible, and it sure ain't My God.
If repentance, faith and belief is a work, and we are not saved by works, (Eph 2:8-9) then, folks, we are in big trouble. There is "no hope" for us. (Rom 15:4) If this be so, then the "precious promises of God" (2 Peter 1:4) and that "blessed hope" (Titus 2:13) is all for naught. If this be so, we are doomed.
So-if you hear of folks getting saved at the crusades of these false teachers, do not give credit to the false teachers as so many do. Rather, this is the work of God turning a curse into a blessing. Balaam blessed Israel. God turned his curse into a blessing, but God did not credit Balaam for the blessing. Where is Balaam today?
Aren't you glad you "know" God? Don't you wish everybody did?