2 Peter Chapter 2
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1 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.
13 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;
20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
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Matthew Henry's 2 Peter Chapter 2 Bible commentary...
Believers are cautioned against false teachers, and the certainty of their punishment shown from examples. (1-9) An account of these seducers, as exceedingly wicked. (10-16) But as making high pretences to liberty and purity. (17-22)1-9 Though the way of error is a hurtful way, many are always ready to walk therein. Let us take care we give no occasion to the enemy to blaspheme the holy name whereby we are called, or to speak evil of the way of salvation by Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. These seducers used feigned words, they deceived the hearts of their followers. Such are condemned already, and the wrath of God abides upon them. God's usual method of proceeding is shown by examples. Angels were cast down from all their glory and dignity, for their disobedience. If creatures sin, even in heaven, they must suffer in hell. Sin is the work of darkness, and darkness is the wages of sin. See how God dealt with the old world. The number of offenders no more procures favour, than their quality. If the sin be universal, the punishment shall likewise extend to all. If in a fruitful soil the people abound in sin, God can at once turn a fruitful land into barrenness, and a well-watered country into ashes. No plans or politics can keep off judgments from a sinful people. He who keeps fire and water from hurting his people, #Isa 43:2|, can make either destroy his enemies; they are never safe. When God sends destruction on the ungodly, he commands deliverance for the righteous. In bad company we cannot but get either guilt or grief. Let the sins of others be troubles to us. Yet it is possible for the children of the Lord, living among the most profane, to retain their integrity; there being more power in the grace of Christ, and his dwelling in them, than in the temptations of Satan, or the example of the wicked, with all their terrors or allurements. In our intentions and inclinations to commit sin, we meet with strange hinderances, if we mark them When we intend mischief, God sends many stops to hinder us, as if to say, Take heed what you do. His wisdom and power will surely effect the purposes of his love, and the engagements of his truth; while wicked men often escape suffering here, because they are kept to the day of judgment, to be punished with the devil and his angels.
10-16 Impure seducers and their abandoned followers, give themselves up to their own fleshly minds. Refusing to bring every thought to the obedience of Christ, they act against God's righteous precepts. They walk after the flesh, they go on in sinful courses, and increase to greater degrees of impurity and wickedness. They also despise those whom God has set in authority over them, and requires them to honour. Outward temporal good things are the wages sinners expect and promise themselves. And none have more cause to tremble, than those who are bold to gratify their sinful lusts, by presuming on the Divine grace and mercy. Many such there have been, and are, who speak lightly of the restraints of God's law, and deem themselves freed from obligations to obey it. Let Christians stand at a distance from such.
17-22 The word of truth is the water of life, which refreshes the souls that receive it; but deceivers spread and promote error, and are set forth as empty, because there is no truth in them. As clouds hinder the light of the sun, so do these darken counsel by words wherein there is no truth. Seeing that these men increase darkness in this world, it is very just that the mist ofdarkness should be their portion in the next. In the midst of their talk of liberty, these men are the vilest slaves; their own lusts gain a complete victory over them, and they are actually in bondage. When men are entangled, they are easily overcome; therefore Christians should keep close to the word of God, and watch against all who seek to bewilder them. A state of apostacy is worse than a state of ignorance. To bring an evil report upon the good way of God, and a false charge against the way of truth, must expose to the heaviest condemnation. How dreadful is the state here described! Yet though such a case is deplorable, it is not utterly hopeless; the leper may be made clean, and even the dead may be raised. Is thy backsliding a grief to thee? Believe in the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved.
Timothy Wayne George's 2 Peter Chapter 2 comment on 2/09/2013, 9:59am...
Jesus warned us to beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep clothing, but are ravenous wolves. We are told we shall know them by their fruits. The fruits of the Spirit love, peace, joy, meekness, self control, kindness and against such there is no law. Lot was a preacher of righteousness, and he was vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked in his day. Our conversation is in heaven, from which we look for the Lord Jesus Christ to come, and change our vile bodies into His glorious body. Let your conversation be free from covetousness. Beware of the prodigal pigs, for they shall return to the mire, because that is the nature of a pig. The prodigal son said I shall return to my father's house, for even the servants have food to eat. The son of God will not remain in sin. If any man sins, he has an Advocate, Jesus Christ the righteous one, who will plead our case. Thank the Lord for the Holy Spirit, for He seals us unto the coming day of Christ.
Bob Brock's 2 Peter Chapter 2 comment on 12/29/2012, 10:42am...
This chapter vividly describes the World through the Ages. By that, I mean it describes the results of following our own instincts instead of following the commandments of God and the way He wishes for us to live. Can ANYONE deny that our "popular culture" is NOT as instantly recognizable here to you as it is to me? The God-fearing among US are despised by those who wander about, following their wanton lusts, drunk on drugs, perverted sex, and bloody violence at the video arcade and the cinema! They will meet their end swiftly as also we who follow God's law will meet Him that created us.
Joan Ketterer's 2 Peter Chapter 2 comment on 11/30/2012, 10:40pm...
We are made in the image of God. When we break the commandments or live by society's morals rather than those set forth by God, we move further from his image; hence, further from God. To feel close to God is the greatest gift to be found in this world and the greatest and, sometimes, only true comfort. I know he was close to me when I was on a ventilator for 12 days and overheard nurses saying they didn't think I would make it. God felt very close and, while I did not like the ventilator, I was not fearful.
Garyloyd's 2 Peter Chapter 2 comment on 8/14/2012, 9:06pm...
Faith is trusting in God. Works bring blessings. Works are being a good Christian. Even a smile to a sick child or helping an older person through a door are counted. God is love. If asked "what do you believe in". JESUS the Son of the Living God. And help them that have questions. God loves us who seek the truth in His word and we are all here learning from each other.
Eliezer's 2 Peter Chapter 2 comment on 7/29/2012, 12:35pm...
in Ephesians chapter 2 verse For by Grace are ye saved though Faith;and that not of yourseles:it is the gift of God:verse 9 not of works,lest any man should boast.10 For we are his workmanship,created in Christ Jesus unto good works,which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Annie Mckenzie's 2 Peter Chapter 2 comment on 6/26/2012, 7:57am...
When you go to church I learn that you dont let ever person put there hands on you to pray.
Anonymous's 2 Peter Chapter 2 comment on 2/23/2011, 3:52am...
I cannot accept that I am more better than you because only the Lord Jesus Christ know the heart of a person. So, we the believers must have a competition to each other to become pleasing to his sight, in John 3:22. a person can enter into the kingdom of heaven must have a pure heart. Faith alone and works of a Pastor/Minister/Reverence/Priest cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven if you accept verse Mat. 7:21. Our God will judge to our works whether good or bad. Our God will not judge to our faith to Him. But God judge us is based in His words. Supporting verses : 2 Cor. 5:10; John 12:48 & Ecclesias. 12:14.
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