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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #8
Posted: May 18, 2007

II PETER 2:10-12

This week our study of II Peter takes us to Chapter 2 and verses 10-12 which says, “But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;”

Let me remind us of our two key words.  The word ‘Apostasy’ which means the forsaking or abandonment of what one has once professed.  The other key word is ‘Remembrance’ which means a statue, a model for imitation, a pattern, a continual blow of a hammer, and to place in the mind as a memorial.

The section we will deal with this week is a part of a greater section, verses 10-22, which deals with, “The Perversions Of The Flesh”.  If one goes into apostasy let us be assured there will exist a perverted flesh.  Peter speaks of walking in the flesh. (Vs. 10)  Paul tells us if we walk in the flesh it will produce only death but if you mortify through the Spirit the deeds of the flesh we shall live.  In verse 10 Peter mentions some ‘Characteristics Of The Flesh’.  In verse 10 one of the characteristics is a “…lust of uncleanness,”  The phrase means a strong desire of the eyes that defiles a person with moral pollution.  The second thought that describes flesh is they “…despise government.”  The word ‘despise’ has the idea to think of no value or to regard as nothing.  Oh, how many high ups and low downs have the idea they are an authority unto themselves.  How the people of Hollywood and their followers fall in this fleshly category.  We too can fall prey to this attitude of life style if our eyes are not upon Him.  Let us not live above the law with the attitude, ‘If it feels good, I can do it’.  If we live to satisfy the five senses of our flesh we will die forever.  The next phrase to describe flesh is that they are “Presumptuous…and…self-willed,”  The word ‘presumptuous’ means shameless daring, irreverent and no fear.  The phrase ‘self-willed’ means to delight in self, a self-loving spirit, and a great love for self.  Oh, how flesh will take us into the darkness of Hell.  The last phrase of verse 10 used to describe flesh is they are “…not afraid to speak evil of dignities.”  They don’t mind giving an evil backbiting opinion of others.  Flesh tends to see the evil only in others and not in ourselves.

In verses 11-12 Peter makes “A Comparison Of The Flesh”.  He compares those who walk in the flesh with angels.  Peter tells us they are greater in power and strength.  The indication that they have as the source of their power and strength, Him who is the embodiment of all power and strength.  Though the angels of heaven have all this power they would not dare bring a “…railing accusation…”  A ‘railing accusation’ is an evil charge of judgment of a crime that is a false charge.  The angels in heaven would not dare charge another angel with an evil false charge.  It is not so among those who walk in the flesh.  Matthew Henry said, “Let it be on earth as it is in heaven”.

In verse 12 Peter compares those who walk in the flesh with “…natural brute beasts,”  He compares our fleshly acts to unreasoning, irrational, and untamable animals.  Peter plays upon a phrase when he mentions the destruction of these flesh walkers.  He tells us in their destroying of others they shall be destroyed for they know not what they are doing.

Paul tells us in Romans 8 that if we are fleshly minded we cannot please God.  Let us not forget the words of the great prophet Jeremiah.  ‘Cursed be the man that trusteth in man or the arm of the flesh’.  My flesh has never done anything but taken me away from God but the Spirit always prompts me to draw nigh to God.