Faith is only as good as the object in which it is placed. An unbeliever may have great faith in his religion, but his religion can do nothing for him. When you put your faith in Jesus Christ, that faith will accomplish something, because God always keeps His promises.
Peter uses two illustrations to emphasize the world’s empty offerings. A thirsty traveler is filled with gladness coming upon a spring expecting cool refreshing water, but finds it dry, empty, with nothing to quench his thirst. The dry land waits in anticipation as mists are driven by a storm, yet the clouds drop no rain. So it is with the claims of false teachings. They portray their teachings as “truths” but the reality is that they have only empty promises to offer. They offer a great deal, but produce nothing.
Unlike the world, only the spring of Christ can truly supply living water. But those who would mislead people concerning such a life-and-death issue have perpetrated great evil upon them and the society in which they live. We find in verse 18 that these teachers of arrogance compounded their guilt by leading others astray. “For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.” People today are willing to believe what a person says and ignore what God has to say. The Word of God is the only absolute today. The Bible is the Life Book for the believer. Enjoy your coffee.
Love you all,