Throughout the Bible dogs and pigs are seen as unclean animals. In 2 Peter 2:22 it says, “It has happened to them according to the true proverb, a dog returns to its own vomit, and, a sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.” What does this mean?

There are some who will tell you a Christian who sins is in danger of eternal judgment. I would suggest this verse is telling us something else entirely. My thoughts on this, are the reason the dog or pig goes back to his vomit, or wallowing, is because they were never changed into a new creature. Therefore the dog is still a dog and the pig is still a pig.

Jesus said, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also.” (Matthew 24:25-26) It seems there may be many who have done quite the job of “cleaning their act up” but there hasn’t been a real change on the inside. Jesus is telling us no matter how well we dress up a dog or pig, he’s still a dog or pig. What he’s looking for is to transform us into a brand new creature.

You see the problem occurs because most tend to see “sins” as something we do rather than seeing “Sin” that is producing the sins. The book of Romans spends the first three chapters addressing sins plural, but then midway through chapter five shifts to sin singular. While some may see this as inconsequential, I think it is extremely important. Sins plural are the fruit of sin singular. God gets to the root of the problem he doesn’t just hack away at the branches. Jesus, not only shed his blood to wash away our sins, he died in order to deal with the sinner, or sin-producer, too

Jesus didn’t come here to make bad people good he came to make dead people live. While we are busy getting tangled up in sin-management, Jesus is offering us a brand new life. He isn’t trying to work on each and every one of the sins we commit, he wants us to come to him so we might be transformed into a creature that no longer has a sinful nature. Once sinning isn’t natural for us anymore, sins will start to dry up and become less and less frequent.

Let me finish with one of my favorite illustrations. I think all Bible students would agree we’re all born sinners. For this illustration a sinner is represented by a pig, so we’re all born pigs with the nature of a pig. A pig’s nature is to eat slop and wallow in mud. They love it! On the other hand, when someone is born again they are transformed into a brand new creature, not a washed off pig but a brand new creature all together. Let’s say we are changed from a pig into a sheep. As a sheep we no longer eat just anything and we surely don’t enjoy rolling around in slop. You see we aren’t just a washed off old sinning pig we’re a new creature in Christ. Of course there are some sheep that end up in the mud again from time to time, but what I’m getting at is they don’t like it and in fact they will not stay in it.

Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me…” (John 10:27) so if you are a sheep and you find yourself in the mud, the answer is for you to listen to the voice of the Great Shepherd, he knows what to do with his sheep.




  1. im sorry it took me all day to respond to this fabulous post–but now that I got some experiencial knowledge it really makes more sense–I asked dad for some directions today about a job interview and he was silent-then I went anyway and could not find it-I came home frustrated and complained to dad–later he said don’t give up-so I looked up their website and they gave an email address for you to send in your resume–wow truly dad loves me.

    1. Thanks Kenneth. I’ve been reading Proverbs and the book of James recently and so far what I’ve come away with is wisdom is always available and yet most of the time we don’t ask. It’s truly amazing that it’s that simple “Ask, seek and knock.” Wow!
      thanks again,

  2. Louie,
    This is so bizarre, today I too was thinking about what Jesus said to the people after He did the miracle of feeding the five thousand people. At some point because they were following Him, He said “Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood you don’t have life.” Then He told the disciples what that meant “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” So when we read the scripture or God brings a scripture to our mind… we are feeding on Jesus, and we are drinking His blood! I asked God to show me where that was written He showed me John 6:53-65… Bizarre, but very mystical, and wonderful. Love Don.

    1. Thanks Donald, there truly is only “one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.” How cool is that?
      thanks again,

  3. Interesting section. I am on a trek through Exodus, having finished Genesis and the John 6 record really got me relating it to Exodus 12 about the passover lamb. The blood of the lamb on the lintel posts protected the Israelites from the destroyer. God also told them to eat the lamb’s body.
    The John 6 record is in the context of the resurrection and eternal life which they didn’t understand yet, but according to EW Bullinger the Hebrew idiom Metonomy of verse 53 was commonly understood – ” so eating and drinking denoted the operation of the mind in receiving and “inwardly digesting” the truth or the words of God.

    1. Amen–You’ve heard the old saying, “You are what you eat.” The truth is really more like you are what you digest isn’t it? Some of what we hear is discarded and rightfully so but we are told to cling to that which is good and that is what we live on. There’s also a saying I’ve heard “What you take, takes you.” So, when it comes to Christ if we truly take him he then takes us. As the Apostle Paul said, it’s “Christ in you the hope of glory!” We don’t ever become him but in a way he does become us–“It’s no longer I who live but Christ lives in me…” We take him in and he then starts to live his life out through us!!

      thanks so much for the input G.

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