Christian Pilgrim


82. That Hath Bought Thee

2 Peter 2:1 - "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction."

This verse almost seems to say that the Lord "bought" people who were not His elect. But this is not so. It can either be translated as "denying that the Lord bought them" or see Deuteronomy 32:6:

"Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee?"

Here we see that the people of Israel in general are called the people whom God hath "bought" but many of them went to hell. It is just a collective way of describing them. God's chosen people, collectively and outwardly, are the visible church, but many will not be truly saved inwardly. Only these who have been changed inwardly are the true people of God, whom God has truly "bought with a price" (1 Corinthians 6:20, 7:23).