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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #9
Posted: May 25, 2007

II PETER 2:13-17

We have been reminding you each week of the two key words to this book.  They are the words ‘Apostasy’ and ‘Remembrance’.  I have been reminded in the last days there will come a great falling away.  We need not but look around to see that it has already begun.  Flesh is and will be at the roots of this great falling away.  We began a study last week of a section of Chapter2, verses10-22, which I entitled “The Perversions Of The Flesh”.  Let us break off another smaller part of this text to meditate on this week.  In verses 13-17 we find these words, “And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you. Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet. These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever

In verse 13a and c we find “The Conclusion Of The Flesh”.  Oh to live a life solely in the flesh will have an unwanted conclusion.  The conclusion will involve a ‘reward’.  Peter says, they “…shall receive the reward…”  The phrase means to be destined or ordained for reception.  Those that walk in the spirit shall receive the crown of righteousness.  Those that live in the flesh shall receive the reward of unrighteousness.  The ‘reason’ for this conclusion Peter tells us in 13c is they deceive their own selves.  My, how the flesh can make you think everything is all right between you and the Lord.  

In verse 13b and verse 14 Peter tells us of ‘The Ceasing Of The Flesh’.  My thought here is flesh will be flesh as long as we live in this world.  It will never take you God ward.  Let us not put confidence in the flesh even for a mega second.  Peter tells us it is full of unending pleasure. The phrase in 13 “…they that count it pleasure to riot…” means a wasteful exercise and enjoyable gratification of the natural man.  The flesh only wants to satisfy our five senses.  Peter tells us the flesh is ‘Full Of Unending Perception’.  In verse 14 we are told the flesh has eyes full of adultery.  The word means a sexual relationship with another’s mate.  The flesh cannot cease from sin. (Vs. 14)  The phrase means to be incessant and cannot be restrained.  The flesh even likes to ‘beguile’ others.  The word means to put out bait like a fisherman.  The flesh is in an exercise program of covetous practice.  This is an unholy desire for things.  Peter tells us that children of the flesh have the pronounced curse from God of being doomed and damned.

In verses 15-17 we find ‘The Consideration Of The Flesh’.  Peter asks us to ‘consider its ways’.  We are pointed to the way of Balaam.  The only way God could arrest this man from the foolish way of his flesh was to let a donkey talk to him.  Even then he had to speak twice before he got it and even then an angel had to explain what the donkey said.

We are also asked to ‘Consider The Wells Of The Flesh’.  Peter tells us flesh is like wells without water and clouds without rain.  What good would there be in a well or cloud that has no water?

Flesh has a reservation in the darkness of doom.  I cannot imagine that one day we will enter a land where there will be no more FLESH.  What a day that will be!