“He Spared Not”

In 2 Peter 2:4-7; several times the word of the LORD says, “God spared not;” the righteous and holy judgment of God fell without any mixture of mercy on many. The angels that fell were judged and cast out. The rebels in Noah’s day were judged and with the flood of God’s wrath. The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were reduced to ashes for their sinful wickedness. But we also read of God’s mercy to some, Noah and his family were spared. The LORD delivered Lot.

The LORD knows how to justly deliver His people from the wrath to come without compromising His righteous character (2nd Peter 2:9; 1st Thessalonians 1:9-10). The LORD our God justly delivers His elect from the wrath to come because “He spared not” the Lord Jesus Christ from the holy wrath of His anger against our sin (Isaiah 53:10; Lamentations 1:12; Zechariah 13:7). Read this verse slowly; “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.” (Romans 8:32-33)

What amazing love the LORD God commends to us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:6-10; 1st John 4:10). Were it not for His sovereign love, His fetching grace, and the sacrifice of Christ for our sin, we too would eternally suffer the wrath of God. Thank you LORD for the gospel of substitution and satisfaction; (2nd Corinthians 5:21; 1st Peter 3:18).

T. Harding

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