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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #5
Posted: April 20, 2007

II PETER 2:1-3

Let me remind us again of our two key words that open the understanding of this epistle.  The word ‘apostasy’ means the forsaking or abandonment of what one has once professed and ‘remembrance’ which means a statue, a model for imitation, a pattern, or continual blow of a hammer, and to place in the mind as a memorial.

We want to look at Chapter 2, verses 1 through 3 this week which says,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. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”

I have entitled this section “Warnings From God”.  Oh, how our Lord is so merciful to warn us multiple times before the hammer of judgment falls.

In verse 1 we find a warning about ‘False Workers’.  The word ‘But’ is a contrast word that connects or contrasts what has come before with what comes after.  In Chapter 1 God raised up holy men moved by the Holy Ghost and Satan will have imposters, false prophets and teachers.  These false prophets will be propagating erroneous doctrines.  We are told what to look for in these false prophets.  They operate ‘privily’.  It is a metaphor word for a spy or traitor that slips into a camp unaware or sneaks in from the side.  

How many have come into the preaching arena seemingly from nowhere.  Let it be a warning to watch out for your Paula Smith’s, Joel Osteen’s, Benny Hen’s, and Paul and Jan’s.  They are not dangerous in what they say but in what they don’t say and how they say what they do say.  Peter tells us they brought in ‘damnable heresies’.  This means the choice of an opinion contrary to that usually received and held to by the church fathers for hundreds of years.  Let us not turn our backs on the puritans and reformers who went to the stake joyfully believing what so many deny today by their preaching and practice.  Their opinions will start a sect or off shoot following that none can figure what they believe.  Oh, let us be warned people of God.

Peter says they ‘deny’ the Lord that bought them.  The word, ‘deny’, means to contradict, to disavow, to cloud over and refuse.  The Lord, the Master that purchased us with His own blood is being denied.   Be careful of your Joel Osteen’s who mention no cross, no sin, and no sinners.  They will bring to themselves swift judgment, a judgment that is impending and on the way.  It is a sooner rather than later judgment. Not only will our Lord judge the false prophets but those that have bought into their foolish message.  Many of them are in it for the money.  Let the dollars dry up and you will see them take up a new gig.

In verse 2 there is also a warning about ‘False Ways’.  There are two ways compared in verse 2, a ‘pernicious’ way and the ‘way of truth’.  The word ‘pernicious’ is the same word as destruction or that which causes ruin and eternal damnation.  They even defame and slander the way of truth.  Let us be careful of those who leave the old doctrinal paths that have been around four or five hundred years.  Let us search the scriptures, study them expositionally, line upon line, and precept upon precept that we may know what is the truth.

In verse 3 there is a warning about ‘False Words’.  We will find they are ‘covetous’ people.  This is an unholy desire for things.  A recent date line show spoke of a home Benny Hen built on the West Coast for 10 million dollars.  That my friend is covetousness.  The ‘feigned’ words of verse 3 are words molded by ones own imagination. Many speak of words of knowledge, words of a vision, and words of prophecy.  These are but words of ones own imagination.  I find none of our Bible writers getting such words.  They are making ‘merchandise’ of the things of God.  Peter says God’s judgment seems to linger or sleep. 

Let us be assured His judgment was in His heart before time began.  It was sent down through the ages of the timeless world.  It grinds slow but it will grind fine.  It will soon meet its mark and then there will be clarity to what is false and what is true.