by Jerry Vines

2 Peter 2:7-8
Jerry Vines

If I should be talking to you one on one and should ask you who you think is the
most miserable person in Jacksonville, I wonder what kind of reply you would give. You
might think it’s the person who is hooked on drugs and can’t get loose. He certainly is
the most miserable person in the city. Or you might say it’s the man who is struggling
with alcohol and he’s in the last stages of alcoholism and can’t get delivered. He’s the
most miserable man. Or you might say it’s the person who is involved in a love triangle
and they are right in the middle of this and their home is going to pieces. That has to be
the most miserable person in Jacksonville. Yet, it might altogether be possible that the
most miserable person in Jacksonville would not be someone like this, but actually, could
indeed be a born again Christian. It is possible for a person to be saved, going to heaven
when they die, and be very miserable.
We have an example of this in the Bible in the character known as Lot. He is
mentioned in these two verse of II Peter. Lot is a believer whose life became a hell on
earth. If you did a survey in the city where he lived you would have found a lot of people
in many different circumstances, but I think we would find that Lot was the most
miserable man in his city.
Lot is an illustration to us in the Bible of a believer who has a saved soul and a
lost life. I don’t think we would even know he was a believer if we hadn’t found it in
these two verses. In verse 7 he is called “Just Lot.” In verse 8 he is referred to as “that
righteous man.” Again in the verse it talks about “his righteous soul.” So here is a man
who has a saved soul, but a lost life. He has union with the Lord--salvation; but he
doesn’t have communion with the Lord--fellowship. He is a man who though he is going
to heaven when he dies, has made his mind up that he ...

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