Returning To Vomit
Surely, all of us have witnessed the phenomenon of a dog returning to their vomit. And perhaps it makes you want to vomit!
Peter likens the false teachers to a dog who returns to their vomit. They got rid of the impurities, but, for whatever reason, they go back to it and eat the whole pile of vomit! And, like it is grosser to eat vomit than to puke vomit, it is worse for someone to return to sin. Their last state is worse than their first state.
As a reminder, these false teachers are religious and “Christian” in nature. These aren’t people who have no concept of God and Jesus. They’ve tasted of Jesus, but have walked away. And yet, they stick around to lead people astray.
And they’re trying to get people to return to their vomit.
Righteous Among the Unrighteous
Peter quickly changed the tone. Suddenly, he went from these amazing promises to the realities of false teachers and eating vomit. Why?
Because we must learn how to live out the ideal in the middle of a culture that is not ideal. The righteous have always been among the unrighteous. From when the unrighteous angels were expelled from heaven to Noah and the flood to Lot and Sodom and Gomorrah, the righteous were among the unrighteous.
And in every instance, God provided for the righteous while bringing judgment down on the unrighteous.
So, as we live out a 2 Peter 1 life, we must recognize life will be like 2 Peter 2. And we don’t judge the unrighteous, we seek their salvation. We know God will do what he needs to do to rescue the righteous. So we focus on what we’re to focus on. We must focus on not returning to our vomit! Or, in other words, we focus on our relationship with God that results in the fruit of godly character.
Throughout this year (Aug. 2016-Aug. 2017), CrossPoint will be reading through the New Testament. We are doing this because we’re learning about the Church and the New Testament is the handbook for the church. Therefore, join us as we follow this reading plan. Today’s reading is from 2 Peter 2.