A. It is a sad reality that Christians walk away, fall away; from their relationship with God and brethren (Luke 8:13-14).
- Sometimes those once faithful (Colossians 4:14-15 and Philemon 1:24) love the world too much to remain faithful (II Timothy 4:10).
- Not just by going “back to the world” (so to speak), but also by following perversions of the truth (Galatians 1:6-9, Galatians 3:1, and Galatians 5:1-4).
- In his old age, his sons were worthless (I Samuel 2:12; 2:22-25).
- Being a priest and the one who brought up Samuel, did not withhold the Lord’s judgment from him for his failures (I Samuel 3:11-14; 4:15-18).
- Time served” doesn’t accumulate for special treatment (Matthew 20:1-16).
II. Body: Faithful Unto [until; up to] Death (Revelation 2:10).
A. As we age, our bodies begin to weaken (Psalms 71:9).
- We know, especially with widows, that families are often called upon to aid their aging relatives (I Timothy 5:4; 5:8; 5:16).
- What if the relatives are not faithful Christians? Is it reasonable to assume they will look out for the soul of our elderly saints (Psalms 1:6)?
- What about when a family decides to take a capable, but elderly Christian away from faithful saints (Hebrews 10:24-25)?
- What about when we age if our carnal family does not help us in ways for us to continue to grow spiritually (II Peter 1:1-11 and II Peter 3:18)?
- Think about what fear was like under the Old Law when the hope of Christ was not with them (Hebrews 2:14-15; cf. Psalms 55:4).
- Fear can be torment (I John 4:18).
- Getting older isn’t a “free pass” (Proverbs 16:31).
- When God sent the erring into captivity and slew sinners in Judah, the old were not exempt (II Chronicles 36:14-17).
- Moses and Aaron were not exempt because of their ages or previous years of service to God (Numbers 20:1-13; cf. Ezekiel 33:13).
- Think about the word “endure” (Matthew 10:22; cf. Galatians 6:9).
III. Conclusion: II Peter 2:20-22
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