2 Peter 2:13-22 – October 15-16
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
2 Peter 2:13-22 – False Teachers and Their Destruction
13 They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you. 14 With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed—an accursed brood! 15 They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Bezer, who loved the wages of wickedness. 16 But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey—an animal without speech—who spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.
17 These people are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. 18 For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. 19 They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” 20 If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. 21 It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. 22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.”
False Teaching | Rebecca Hoyt
2 Peter 2:18
Both new believers and people who are being introduced to the gospel are vulnerable. Peter is saying these false teachers prey on these people, knowing the weakness of human nature. But God promises that they will be judged.
My Bible has a section at the end of each book called ‘written on my heart’, (With everything going on in the world I don’t want to be deceived by false prophets; I want to know it’s God’s voice I hear.) I love what it says, -You should live each day with the expectation that Christ will return at any moment. The sinful world will continue to tempt even mature believers and challenge your faith. False teachers will claim to have the truth and demand your attention and loyalty. You need to determine that you will grow in your knowledge of Christ and reject those who have a message inconsistent with God’s Word. You must put forth the effort through Bible study, prayer, worship, and obedience to draw closer to Jesus, to know Him better and better. This will enable you to stand for truth and resist temptation, enabling God to produce His character in you.
Dear Lord please help us to know what is from You and what is false. Please help me to hear Your voice and seek out what You want me to do and not be tempted by stuff of this world.
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