Thursday, February 6, 2014
Jude 7; II Pet. 2:6
The next example is expanded upon by Jude and especially by Peter. "Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire." "And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an example unto those that after should live ungodly..." This is yet one more proof that God judges unrighteousness. Paul says in Romans 1:18 that "the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness". This is certainly a description of these ungodly men, specifically their sin of turning the grace of God into lasciviousness. It is apparent that sexual sins were common in the church, and are common today. God saw Sodom and Gomorrha's sins as so wicked that they cried out for punishment (Gen. 18:20). They were guilty of fornication and going after strange flesh (homosexuality), and Jude says they are now an example as they have suffered the vengeance of eternal fire. Peter says they were destroyed and are a warning to anyone who would live ungodly. The message is clear: God MUST punish and will punish those who are ungodly, specifically those involved in these sins. It is a great punishment, and an eternal one.