2 Peter Chapter 2

June 5, 2014

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on 2 Peter. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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Jesus had warned the disciples that false teachers would come and Peter is seeing it happening.

Matthew 24:11 (NIV)
11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.

Mark 13:22-23 (NIV)
22 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect–if that were possible. 23 So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time.

2 Peter 2:1-22 (NIV)
1 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping. 4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment; 5 if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; 6 if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 7 and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men 8 (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)– 9 if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment. 10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority. Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings; 11 yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not bring slanderous accusations against such beings in the presence of the Lord. 12 But these men blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like brute beasts, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like beasts they too will perish. 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 Beor, who loved the wages of wickedness. 16 But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey–a beast without speech–who spoke with a man’s voice and restrained the prophet’s madness. 17 These men 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 sinful human nature, 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 a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. 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 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 goes back to her wallowing in the mud.”

2 Peter 2:1-3

Peter gives us some ways to identify false teachers.

1) Immorality. Is the teacher/teaching promoting or participating in immoral practices?

2) Greed. Is the teacher/teaching clearly serving God or clearly promoting his/her own interest?

3) Lying. Is the teacher/teaching able to stand up to the scrutiny of the Bible?

2 Peter 2:4-6

Jesus is coming back and when He does He will be setting everything right. He has made a way for everyone to be reconciled to God, but if they choose not to there is a judgment coming.

2 Peter 2:7-9

Once we have received the Good News, believed in our hearts and confessed with our mouths that Jesus is Lord, He can and will take care of us. He will empower us by His Spirit and lead us into the life we have been called to. He is more than able and we can trust Him to deliver us.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (NIV)
3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 6 And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.

2 Peter 2:10-14

Even though the enemy prowls around like a roaring lion because he has been defeated at the cross, he is still a force to be reckoned with. Our enemy is a master of lies and deceptions and tricks and his desire is to steal, kill and destroy. Do not take him lightly. One of his greatest deceptions is to make people think he doesn’t exist.

2 Peter 2:15-18

Balaam was hired by a pagan king named Balak to curse Israel, but he didn’t. He does later on however use his position to put the children of Israel into a bad situation.

Numbers 31:16 (NIV)
16 “They were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice and were the means of turning the Israelites away from the LORD in what happened at Peor, so that a plague struck the LORD’s people.

Balaam used religion for personal advancement which is something that God does not take lightly and it was what the false teachers were doing.

2 Peter 2:19-22

Freedom in Christ is not the freedom to just go and do whatever we want based on our own selfish desires. Freedom in Christ is the ability to choose not to do the things that are not good for us. Jesus frees us to serve Him, which is where real, full, now and forever life is found.


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