“For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.” 2Peter 2: 20
Have you ever read Aesop’s fable about the frog and the scorpion? A scorpion and a frog met on the bank of a stream and the scorpion asked the frog to carry him across the stream on its back. The frog asked, “How do I know you won’t sting me?” The scorpion replied, “Because if I do, I will die too.” The frog, being satisfied, set out with the scorpion across the stream. But, midstream the scorpion stung the frog. As the frog felt the onset of paralysis and started to sink, knowing they both will drown, had just enough time to gasp, “why!?” The scorpion replied: “It is my nature….”
Peter gives us a warning with a simple declaration: there are some in the church who have never had a change of nature. These people received, understood, and applied the truth of God’s Word to their lives; they found out that living according to biblical principles helped them overcome their sinful habits for a time. But, this was only mere religion. It was merely religion because their Christian walk was only outward, and they never surrendered their lives to Jesus. Thus, as time goes by they are eventually drawn back to their old sins and are worse than before. Just like the scorpion in Aesop’s fable, they want to do good, but eventually their fallen nature takes control, bringing destruction. It says in 2 Peter 2:22 “But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: ‘A dog returns to his own vomit,’ and, ‘a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.’”
God doesn’t want to just change your behavior; He wants to transform your nature by the power of the Holy Spirit. As a matter of fact, those who have put their faith in Christ not only receive a new nature, but also become partakers of the very nature of God. It is God the Holy Spirit in us who gives us the power to continue to live God’s word out in our life. Are you trying to live the Christian life in your old nature to no avail? Surrender your life completely to Jesus and He will give you His nature to live in victory!
“His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:3-4
Serving Him together
Pastor Hector Gonzales