We have been
placing two key words before us that open this book to our
understanding. They are the word ‘Apostasy’ and ‘Remembrance’.
Let us turn
again to a larger section of II Peter that we have been studying
(Vs. 10-22) which I have entitled “The Perversions Of The
Flesh”. We look this week at our last section verses 18-22.
Please have your Bible in hand and turn to this portion. I will not
take the space to quote this section.
In verse 18 we
find ‘The Speech Of The Flesh’. We are told that the flesh
produces “…great swelling words of vanity,” The phrase has
the idea of being full of excessive bulk, full of high sounding
words that are themselves but empty of any substance. Those who live
in the flesh desire to ‘allure’ others. The word means bait
put out to catch fish. This bait is the “…lusts of the flesh,”
This has the idea of strong passionate desire to satisfy self. The
word ‘wantonness’ in verse 18 means the absence of all
restraint. The desire of flesh is if it feels good, do it, and if
you see it and want it, get it.
People who live
in the flesh are drawn to those who are “…clean escaped.” The
phrase has the idea of ones just barely in the process of escaping.
This would be our newborn Christians or those who have expressed
interest in the things of God. The flesh walkers are drawn to them
like bees to honey. Their desire is to bring them back into a full
time flesh walk. ‘Misery does love company’.
We find in
verse 19 ‘The Servant Of The Flesh’. Those who walk in the
flesh promise their followers ‘liberty’. The word means
freedom to do as one thinks or feels is right. Be careful in a
religion that gives freedom to do as you please. We are only free
to please ‘Him’. Peter tells us the teachers of liberty are “…servants
of corruption:” The phrase means to have the mind destroyed
through immoral thoughts that could lead to a reprobate mind. Peter
tells us they have been “…overcome…in bondage.” The phrase
means to become in favor to or enslaved by and under the control of
our flesh. I find a good illustration in those who have given the
okay to drinking wine and other alcoholic drinks in moderation.
What was told to some by a Doctor, ‘A glass of wine for your
heart’s sake’, has turned into bottles of wine in abundance.
The fleshly walk is a slippery slope. You will not walk it without
leaving you in worse shape than you planned.
In verses 20-22
we are confronted with ‘The Slop Of The Flesh’. We are told
the best relationship to flesh is to ‘flee from its pollution’.
The word means to leave its moral and physical stains of
defilement. Peter tells us those who have been walking with the
Lord and return to the fleshly walk are living in a dangerous
state. He tells us in verse 21 they would have been better off with
no knowledge of God than just a head knowledge that gives no power
over flesh. We are told that their end will be worse than their
Peter tells us
they will end up like dogs and pigs. (Vs. 22) They will be like the
dog that vomits in the yard and then eats it. They will be like the
pig that just loves to wallow around in the mire. No wonder Paul
told us in Romans 8:13 to ‘Mortify The Deeds Of The Flesh’.
We must reckon flesh dead by the power of Calvary. We are no match
for our flesh. It will not bring us to God. It will only take us
further away from Him.