“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Prophecy of Scripture

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“Prophecy of Scripture”, 2Peter 2:12) But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; Jeremiah 12:3.  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;  Romans 13:13.  14) Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls:  an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:  15) Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;  16) But was rebuked for his iniquity:  the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.  17) These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.  18) For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.  19) While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption:  for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.  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.  21) For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the Holy Commandment delivered unto them.  Luke 12:47; John 9:41.  22) But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.  Proverbs 26:11. 

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v12, like natural brute beasts:  False teachers are compared to animals in their behavior because they act in ignorance of the realities of death and judgment.  v13, False teachers are perverse in their display of evil, like those who carouse in the daytime.As a result, they would receive the wages of unrighteousness, or spiritual death (Romans 6:23).  The feast mentioned here may have been the agape, or love feast, built around the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.  On the other hand, the term may simply refer to social contact with the heretical teachers at the Lord’s Table.  v14, The eyes of the false teachers were full of adultery.  They looked lustfully at women.  As a consequence, they convinced certain unstable souls in the Church that adultery was acceptable Christian behavior. v15,16.  The account of Balaam in Numbers 22–24 is used here, as well as in Jude 11 and Revelation 2:14, to depict the dangers of forsaking the right way and going astray.  Balaam loved the wages of unrighteousness.  He sold his prophetic power to the pagan king Balak and, for a promised monetary reward, sought to curse the children of God.  v17, wells…clouds:  Peter accuses the heretical teachers of awakening false expectations, like springs that contain no water or storm clouds that produce no rain.  v18, The heretical teaches were implying that once the soul is saved, what is done in the body is of no importance.  v19, The irony of false teaching is that it promises great freedom while its advocates are already slaves to sin.v20, This verse seems to indicate that the teachers had formerly turned from the pollution of the world through a full and experienced knowledge of Christ.  Now, however, they have fallen again into immorality.  As a result, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.  v21,  The phrases way of righteousness and Holy Commandment emphasize the ethical content of the knowledge the false teachers had (v20).  v22, according to the true proverb:  Jews considered dogs and pigs among the lowest of animals.

More to come and God Bless You.


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