Summary: Having stressed the importance of God¡¯s Word, Peter next relays a warning against those who threaten the church¡¯s purpose by rejecting their progress toward godliness & by refusing to submit to the authority of God¡¯s Word.
2 PETER 2: 1-9 [Our Precious Faith Series]
CHRISTIAN CAUTIONS & CONFIDENCES
The book of 2 Peter began by teaching on the divine provision for a godly life. It went on to stress the divine inspiration of Scripture. Not all in the church though will grow in godliness nor follow the teaching of the Word. Having stressed the importance of God¡¯s Word, Peter next relays a warning against those who threaten the church¡¯s purpose (CIT) by rejecting their progress toward godliness and by refusing to submit to the authority of God¡¯s Word.
In an attempt to give a bases or justification for a misdirected life, false teaching would come into the church. False teaching can come in many different expressions and by numerous approaches. These false teachers can be intelligent, talented, and winsome people. But following their teachings can jeopardize our future. How can we recognize them? Chapter 2 of 2 Peter answers that question.
I. EXPOSURE OF FALSE TEACHING, 2:1-3.
II. EXAMPLES OF HISTORIC JUDGMENT, 2:4¨C6.
III. EXPLANATION OF DIVINE DELIVERANCE, 2:7-9.
False prophets are dangerous on three counts: their underhanded methods and shameful ways bring the faith into disrepute, their teaching is a denial of God¡¯s truth, and their destiny is to bring destruction both on themselves and their followers. Verse 1 forewarns churches to guard against false doctrine that subverts the Lordship of Christ. ¡°But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.
Satan¡¯s counterfeits with their entrapping activities have always been present within the people of God. They appeared in ancient Israel [Dt. 13:1¨C5; 1 Ki. 13:18; 22:5¨C23; Je. 5:13, 31; 6:13; 23:16-40; 28:1-17] and they were present in the first-century church and they are present within the church today [Mt. 24:4-5, 11; Mk. 13:22, 23].
They do not walk in an announce themselves, but begin working behind the scenes. Their teachings containing some truth which has been cleverly blended with error. That allows them to secretly introduce false teachings. ¡°Secretly introduce¡± translates pareisaxousin, ¡°bring in alongside¡± or ¡°infiltrated,¡± suggests underhand dealings.
¡°Heresies¡± refer to wrong beliefs deliberately chosen rather than the ones revealed by God¡¯s Word. Such heresies are ¡°destructive,¡± for they lead people away from Christ and thus to spiritual ruin (ap¨leias). [Swift could be translated imminent as it is in 1:14.]
To deny [is arn¨¦omai, which] means ¡°to contradict, reject, or disavow.¡± The next time a member of a religious sect calls on your home, ask him or her the direct question, ¡°What do you think of Jesus?¡± Here Jesus is called the Master or Sovereign Lord. [1 John 2:22f]
They were bought or ¡°redeemed¡± [agorazo] in the sense that Christ paid the redemptive price for their salvation, but they did not yield to Him as Lord and so were not saved. Peter believed that Christ¡¯s death paid the cost of redemption even for those who deny the Lord [Barbieri, Lou. First & Second Peter. 2003 The Moody Bible Institute. Chicago. P. 123]. Christ¡¯s death is ¡°sufficient¡± for all (1 Tim. 2:6; Heb. 2:9; 1 John 2:2), but is ¡°efficient¡± only for those who believe. This is a strong argument for unlimited atonement (the view that Christ died for everyone) and against limited atonement (the view that Christ died only for those whom He would later save). [Walvoord, John & Zuck, Roy. The Bible Knowledge Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1983, p. 870.]