Wells without water

”These people are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them” (2 Peter 2:17).

Wells are a symbol of life….water means life.

A well without water is a symbol of death…there can be no life without water.

A dry well – a well without water – offers a false hope. A well without water is a well in name only, no life giving/sustaining content.

By today’s standards, Peter’s words sound harsh. Too often, Christians tend to act as the “nice guys”. But, when it comes to information which can be life threatening (or eternity threatening), it is good not to mince words.

Peter cared deeply about the spiritual (and physical) wellbeing of his brothers and sisters. He saw the danger ahead and felt compelled to issue a warning.

Now, Peter starts his second letter by bringing into forefront a solid and true foundation for the believers to stand on: their calling and election.  ”Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble…” (2 Pet. 1:10). Having a clear understanding of their status, the believers will be assured of who they are and encouraged to stand firm.

Let us consider Peter’s own standing. What are his credentials?

He introduces himself as a servant and apostle (2Peter 2:1); brother (2Peter 2:10); eyewitness (2Peter 2:16); student of the Old Testament, familiar with the prophecies regarding the Messiah (2Peter 2:19).

As an apostle, brother and eyewitness, Peter warns the church against false teachers. They are driven by the flesh (NOT by the Spirit); they take pride in despising authorities, (vv.10, 11)…basically their conduct proves them to be totally irrational (vv.12-14) – an accursed brood (v.14).

Given their teaching and behaviour, they bring swift destruction on themselves and are doomed for eternity: blackest darkness is reserved for them (v.17). Let his words stimulate our wholesome thinking! (2Peter 3:1).