We have stated how much it behoves us to know that the ungodly, who by their mischievous opinions corrupt the Church, cannot escape God's vengeance; and this he proves especially by three remarkable examples of God's judgment, -- that he spared not even angels, that he once destroyed the whole world by a deluge, that he reduced Sodom to ashes, and other neighboring cities. And Peter expressly mentioned this, lest when impiety everywhere prevails, we should be captivated and inebriated by the allurements of vices, and perish together with others, but that we might prefer this grief, blessed by the Lord, to all the pleasures of the world. But as Peter mentions here but briefly the fall of angels, and as he has not named the time and the manner and other circumstances, it behoves us soberly to speak on the subject. Christian Classics Nam oculis et auribus justus ille, quum habitaret inter ipsos quotidie animam justam iniquis illorum operibus excruciabat; 4. But Peter thought it sufficient to take as granted what ought to be never doubted by us, that is, that God is the judge of the whole world. The cities of Sodom. Chains of darkness. This may, indeed, be truly said of others; but Peter points out something singular, because it was the chief and a lively image; yea, rather, because the Lord designed that his wrath against the ungodly should be made known to all ages; as when he redeemed his people from Egypt, he has set forth to us by that one favor the perpetual safety of his Church. 2 There is a difference of opinion as to the word "eighth:" some think that the sense is, that Noah was the eighth person who was saved at the deluge, being one of the eight who were preserved. What is useful to us, God has made known, that is, that the devils were at first created, that they might serve and obey God, but that through their own fault they apostatized, because they would not submit to the authority of God; and that thus the wickedness found in them was accidental, and not from nature, so that it could not be ascribed to God. It hence follows that the punishment he formerly inflicted on the ungodly and wicked, he will now also inflict on the like characters. 5. These files are public domain. 6. We may hence learn, not only what punishment the wicked suffer after death, but also what is the condition of the children of God: for they calmly acquiesce in the hope of sure and perfect blessedness, though they do not as yet enjoy it; as the former suffer dreadful agonies on account of the vengeance prepared for them. Jude has also expressed the same thing, calling it the punishment of eternal fire. This electronic edition was downloaded The import of what he says is, that God, after having drowned the human race, formed again as it were a new world. In seeing and hearing. For that he forgives sins, this is done because he blots them out through repentance and faith. 2 Peter 1:4-8 2 Peter 1:4-8 View Full Chapter. Ethereal Library. It hence follows that the punishment he formerly inflicted on the ungodly and wicked, he will now also inflict on the like characters. Some understand that he was the preacher of the righteousness of God, inasmuch as Scripture commends God's righteousness, because he defends his own and restores them, when dead, to life. And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: 7. Hence Peter says, that these cities were made an example. Let those who are not satisfied with these testimonies have recourse to the Sorbonian theology, which will teach them respecting angels to satiety, so as to precipitate them to hell together with the devils. Lightfoot and some others, have held the latter opinion, though the former has been more generally approved. This sort of arrangement is common in Scripture. This was so memorable an example of Divine vengeance, that when the Scripture speaks of the universal destruction of the ungodly, it alludes commonly to this as the type. Now, the design of the Apostle is to set before our eyes God's wrath against the wicked, so as to encourage us at the same time to imitate the saints.2. For by saying that eight only were saved, he intimates that a multitude would not be a shield against God to protect the wicked; but that as many as sin shall be punished, be they few or many in number. Some, as Piscator and Macknight, supply at the end of the seventh verse, "he will not spare thee," or, "will he spare thee?" 8. For we must always bear in mind that there is a difference between God and men; for men indeed judge unequally, but God keeps the same course in judging. This was so memorable an example of Divine vengeance, that when the Scripture speaks of the universal destruction of the ungodly, it alludes commonly to this as the type. And indeed they who curiously inquire, do not regard edification, but seek to feed their souls with vain speculations. 2 Peter 2:4-8. 1. The common explanation is, that Lot was just in his eyes and ears, because all his senses abhorred the crimes of Sodom. Jude has also expressed the same thing, calling it the punishment of eternal fire. This metaphor intimates that they are held bound in darkness until the last day. He therefore does not otherwise reconcile himself to us than by justifying us; for until sin is taken away, there is always an occasion of discord between us and Him. This may, indeed, be truly said of others; but Peter points out something singular, because it was the chief and a lively image; yea, rather, because the Lord designed that his wrath against the ungodly should be made known to all ages; as when he redeemed his people from Egypt, he has set forth to us by that one favor the perpetual safety of his Church. The import of what he says is, that God, after having drowned the human race, formed again as it were a new world. The purport of what is said then is, that though the holy man was surrounded with every kind of monstrous wickedness, he yet never turned aside from his upright course. We have stated how much it behoves us to know that the ungodly, who by their mischievous opinions corrupt the Church, cannot escape God's vengeance; and this he proves especially by three remarkable examples of God's judgment, -- that he spared not even angels, that he once destroyed the whole world by a deluge, that he reduced Sodom to ashes, and other neighboring cities. But as Peter mentions here but briefly the fall of angels, and as he has not named the time and the manner and other circumstances, it behoves us soberly to speak on the subject. (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;). It hence follows that the punishment he formerly inflicted on the ungodly and wicked, he will now also inflict on the like characters. For if. Et prisco mundo non pepercit, sed octavum justitiae praeconem Noe servavit, diluvio in mundum impiorum inducto; 6. The old world. And the comparison is taken from malefactors, who, after having been condemned, suffer half of their punishment by the severity of the prison, until they are drawn forth to their final doom. 1 The "if" at the beginning of the verse requires a corresponding clause. -- Ed. -- Ed. What is useful to us, God has made known, that is, that the devils were at first created, that they might serve and obey God, but that through their own fault they apostatized, because they would not submit to the authority of God; and that thus the wickedness found in them was accidental, and not from nature, so that it could not be ascribed to God.