Summary: 3 of 6. Peter revealed that a false liberty had been presented to the Church. The true Church yields to true liberty, but Why? We will examine 9 stipulations of true Liberty(God’s liberty)....
The PROMISE Of LIBERTY-III—2Peter 2:17-22
A young man was elated when he turned eighteen in a state where curfew is 11:00 p.m. for anyone under eighteen years of age.
He happily announced the news to his Dad about how he didn’t have to be in by 11:00pm!...all the while hoping for some sympathy & leniency from Dad.
Surprisingly, Dad said, “Son, you can stay out as late as you want...BUT there’s one string attached. You see, the car is under seventeen & it has to be in the garage by eleven.”
There are many purveyors of false ‘truth’ who are infecting & effecting our great country’s government. In fact, because we are not a ‘Christian nation’ per se, but are rather a ‘Christian influenced’ nation,
The politicos promise happiness, prosperity, peace, freedom, wellness, care, etc. within a background of the church...BUT is their’s True(real/actual) Liberty/Freedom?
We must ask ourselves a question in all seriousness...
Is Liberty/Freedom a reality for you?
Peter revealed that a false liberty had been presented to the Church.
The true Church yields to true liberty.
But panderers of false Liberty/Freedom can mislead the Church.
Why must the Church yield to God’s liberty?
9 distinctions/functions/invitations/stipulations of true Liberty...God’s liberty.
We have found previously that...
True Liberty...God’s Liberty stipulates/assumes...
1. A QUENCHED THIRST(:17a)“wells without water”
2. ETERNAL LIGHT(:17b)“blackness of darkness forever”
3—True liberty stipulates...
Explanation:(:18a)“great swelling words”
:18—“For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error.”
These false prophets & teachers readily & brashly thunder out their empty false doctrine. And in doing so, by presenting a persona of self-confidence, entice the very ones who have “actually escaped.”
“They spoke with” an “assertive confidence” that made “the weak”(new converts, the curious, & the attracted) suppose the false prophets & teachers knew “what they were talking about.”(NAC)
Jude 1:16—“These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; & they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage.”
“Speak/Uttering/Mouth”—fyeggomai—Verb—1) To give out a sound, noise or cry—1a) of any sort of sound or voice, whether of man or of animal or inanimate object as thunder, musical instruments, etc. Strong—To utter a clear sound, i.e. generally--To proclaim. Used 3X.
Probably akin to feggov—Brilliancy—& thus to fhmi—To show or make known one's thoughts, i.e. Speak or say.
“Great Swelling Words/Boastful words”—uperogkov—Adj.—1) Overswollen; 2) metaph.--Immoderate, extravagant. Strong—Bulging over, i.e. figuratively--Insolent. RWP—Old compound adjective(uper & ogkov, a swelling, swelling above & beyond), in N.T. only here & Jude 1:16. Used 2X.
From—uper—Prep.—1) In behalf of, for the sake of; 2) Over, beyond, more than; 3) More, beyond, over. Strong—a primary preposition; "over", i.e. (with the genitive case)of place--Above, beyond, across, or causal, for the sake of, instead, regarding; with the accusative case--Superior to, more than.— & —ogkov—A mass(as bending or bulging by its load), i.e. Burden(hindrance).
**Num. 16:1-5, 12-14, 19-33—“Now Korah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with Dathan & Abiram the sons of Eliab, & On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men; & they rose up before Moses with some of the children of Israel, two hundred & fifty leaders of the congregation, representatives of the congregation, men of renown. They gathered together against Moses & Aaron, & said to them, “You take too much upon yourselves, for all the congregation is holy, every one of them, & the LORD is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?” So when Moses heard it, he fell on his face; & he spoke to Korah & all his company, saying, “Tomorrow morning the LORD will show who is His & who is holy, & will cause him to come near to Him. That one whom He chooses He will cause to come near to Him.”.....“And Moses sent to call Dathan & Abiram the sons of Eliab, but they said, “We will not come up! “Is it a small thing that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk & honey, to kill us in the wilderness, that you should keep acting like a prince over us? “Moreover you have not brought us into a land flowing with milk & honey, nor given us inheritance of fields & vineyards. Will you put out the eyes of these men? We will not come up!”.....“And Korah gathered all the congregation against them at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. Then the glory of the LORD appeared to all the congregation. And the LORD spoke to Moses & Aaron, saying, “Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.” Then they fell on their faces, & said, “O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, & You be angry with all the congregation?” So the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the congregation, saying, ‘Get away from the tents of Korah, Dathan, & Abiram.’” Then Moses rose & went to Dathan & Abiram, & the elders of Israel followed him. And he spoke to the congregation, saying, “Depart now from the tents of these wicked men! Touch nothing of theirs, lest you be consumed in all their sins.” So they got away from around the tents of Korah, Dathan, & Abiram; & Dathan & Abiram came out & stood at the door of their tents, with their wives, their sons, & their little children. And Moses said: “By this you shall know that the LORD has sent me to do all these works, for I have not done them of my own will. If these men die naturally like all men, or if they are visited by the common fate of all men, then the LORD has not sent me. But if the LORD creates a new thing, & the earth opens its mouth & swallows them up with all that belongs to them, & they go down alive into the pit, then you will understand that these men have rejected the LORD.” Now it came to pass, as he finished speaking all these words, that the ground split apart under them, & the earth opened its mouth & swallowed them up, with their households & all the men with Korah, with all their goods. So they & all those with them went down alive into the pit; the earth closed over them, & they perished from among the assembly.”