2 Peter 2:20 - We Must Keep Focused On Jesus Or Sin Will Certainly Ensnare Us.

2 Peter 2:20 (NIV) If they have escaped the 
corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior 
Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and 
overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were 
at the beginning. 


Some point to this passage as clear proof 
that a genuinely saved person may lose his 
salvation. He knows the Lord; he escapes the world's 
corruption; he knows the way of righteousness. Then he 
turns away from the message and goes back to his 
old way of life. His knowledge is said to have 
been genuine; his change of life was real; and 
his return to his old way of life was not 
superficial. Others insist that the knowledge of the Lord 
and of the way of righteousness could not have 
been genuine. If the person had been truly 
regenerated, he would have persevered in his faith. It is 
argued that the teaching of Jn 10:27-30 (especially 
v. 28) and Ro 8:28-39 makes it clear that no 
genuinely saved person can be lost. Thus, according to 
this view, the persons described here could not 
have been genuinely saved. [NIV SB] 

A similar situation is found in Mat. 
12:43-45 were the garnished house represents the 
self-righteous soul. Satan is driven out by Christ. But he 
returned, in the hope of finding entrance. He finds 
the house empty, swept, and garnished. Only 
self-righteousness is abiding there  Self-righteousness is a 
curse, a human embellishment, which Satan uses for 
his glory. Those who garnish the soul with 
self-praise and flattery prepare the way for the seven 
other spirits more wicked than the first. In their 
very reception of the truth these souls deceive 
themselves. They are building upon a foundation of 
self-righteousness. 5BC1093 

It is not enough to be emptied of evil; we 
must then be filled with the power of the Holy 
Spirit to accomplish God's new purpose in our 
lives. [Life Application SB] 

Like a person sinking in quicksand who 
refuses to grab the rope thrown to him or her, the 
one who turns away from Christ casts aside his 
or her only means of escape.  [Life Application 

How dreadful is the state here described! 
Yet though such a case is deplorable, it is not 
utterly hopeless; the leper may be made clean, and 
even the dead may be raised. Is thy backsliding a 
grief to thee? Believe in the Lord Jesus, and thou 
shalt be saved. [Matthew Henry Commentary] 


Worse Than Before
   When were sharing the gospel with our 
friends and family, we must always remember to pray, 
because a spiritual battle is raging. 
   Once Satan has taken hold of a life, he 
does not want to let go. So when he sees people 
making advances toward Jesus Christ, he will do 
everything in his power to stop them. And hes always 
on duty. 
   The Bible warns, Stay alert! Watch out 
for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls 
around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to 
devour (1 Peter 5:8 NLT). 
   In the parable of the sower, Jesus 
described the seed of Gods Word being scattered on 
the ground, which represented human hearts. He 
said, The seed that fell on the footpath 
represents those who hear the message, only to have 
Satan come at once and take it away. The seed on 
the rocky soil represents those who hear the 
message and immediately receive it with joy. But 
since they dont have deep roots, they dont 
last long (Mark 4:15-17 NLT). 
   Sometimes people say they have become 
Christians, but in a month or two, they return to their 
old ways. They claim they tried 
Christianity but it didnt work for them. 
   No, they never really found Christ. 
Because if they really knew Him, they wouldnt go 
back to their former way of life. They went 
through the motions, but Christ never really became 
part of their lives. 
   It just may be that many of the people 
who claim to have been converted never have been 
converted at all. And often they end up worse than 
they were before. 
   Jesus said, When a strong man is fully 
armed and guards his palace, his possessions are 
safe - until someone even stronger attacks and 
overpowers him, strips him of his weapons, and carries 
off his belongings (Luke 11:21-22 NLT). 
   The strong man Jesus was speaking of is 
Satan. He gets a foothold in a persons life, and 
he wants to guard his investment. And all the 
religion and rituals in the world wont drive out a 
demon power. 
   There is only one hope, and that is when 
someone even stronger comes in, according to 
Lukes Gospel. That Someone, of course, is Jesus 
Christ. We need His help. 
   When people make a few moral changes, 
they start to feel better about themselves. They 
begin to trust in their own morality and the 
changes theyve made. And in their smugness, they 
dont think they need God. In essence, the devil 
has them right where he wants them. And in the 
end, he has a firmer foothold in their lives than 
he originally had. 
   The Bible says, And when people escape 
from the wickedness of the world by knowing our 
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled 
up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse 
off than before (2 Peter 2:20 NLT). 
   We must have Jesus Christ take residence 
in our hearts and lives, changing us from the 
inside out. [Greg Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 


Prodigal or Pig?
   My granddaughters have a pet pig, and 
they named him Sunday. He sounds like a pig, he 
looks like a pig, and if he were given the choice, 
he would like to be back in the mud like a pig. 
Thats because a pig is a pig. 
   Jesus told a story in the gospel of Luke 
about a son who ran away from his father, went to 
a far country, and made a mess out of his 
life. But then he came to his senses and returned 
home, and his father welcomed him and forgave him. 
We call him the prodigal son. And a prodigal 
always will come back home to the Father. 
   So, are you a prodigal son or daughter, 
or are you a pig? I dont mean that as an 
insult. You decide which one you will be. 
   The Bible tells us, It would be better 
if they had never known the way to 
righteousness than to know it and then reject the command 
they were given to live a holy life. They prove 
the truth of this proverb: A dog returns to 
its vomit. And another says, A washed pig 
returns to the mud (2 Peter 2:21-22 NLT). 
   When people make professions of faith and 
then fall away, the question is not whether they 
lost their salvation. The question is this: Were 
they Christians to begin with? 
   You know whether youre a believer by 
where you end up. If you end up returning to your 
commitment to Christ, it shows that youre merely a 
prodigal. If youre a prodigal, then you will want 
to come back to God. 
   But if youre a pig, then you will go 
back to the way you were living before because 
you never believed. 
   You see, not everyone wants to change. 
God offers us forgiveness, but we have to be 
willing to do our part. [Greg Laurie from Harvest 
Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 


Matthew 12:43-45 - Lasting Change.


Proverbs 26:11 (NKJV) As a dog returns to 
his own vomit, So a fool repeats his folly. 
[devotional pending]