2 Peter 2:1-10
False Prophets and Teachers 2 1 But m false prophets also arose among the people, n just as there will be false teachers among you, who will o secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master p who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth q will be blasphemed. 3 And r in their greed they will exploit you s with false words. t Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. 4 For if God did not spare u angels when they sinned, but v cast them into hell 1 and committed them to chains 2 of gloomy darkness w to be kept until the judgment; 5 if he did not spare the ancient world, but x preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought y a flood upon the world of the ungodly; 6 if by z turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, a making them an example of b what is going to happen to the ungodly; 1 7 and c if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked 8 (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, d he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard); 9 then e the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, 1 and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, 10 and especially f those who indulge 1 in the lust of defiling passion and g despise authority. Bold and willful, they do not tremble g as they blaspheme the glorious ones,
2 Peter 2:1-10
2 1 Ἐγένοντο δὲ καὶ ψευδοπροφῆται ἐν τῷ λαῷ, ὡς καὶ ἐν ὑμῖν ἔσονται ψευδοδιδάσκαλοι, οἵτινες παρεισάξουσιν αἱρέσεις ἀπωλείας καὶ τὸν ἀγοράσαντα αὐτοὺς δεσπότην ἀρνούμενοι. ἐπάγοντες ἑαυτοῖς ταχινὴν ἀπώλειαν, 2 καὶ πολλοὶ ἐξακολουθήσουσιν αὐτῶν ταῖς ἀσελγείαις διʼ οὓς ἡ ὁδὸς τῆς ἀληθείας βλασφημηθήσεται, 3 καὶ ἐν πλεονεξίᾳ πλαστοῖς λόγοις ὑμᾶς ἐμπορεύσονται, οἷς τὸ κρίμα ἔκπαλαι οὐκ ἀργεῖ καὶ ἡ ἀπώλεια αὐτῶν οὐ νυστάζει. 4 Εἰ γὰρ ὁ θεὸς ἀγγέλων ἁμαρτησάντων οὐκ ἐφείσατο ἀλλὰ σειραῖς ζόφου ταρταρώσας παρέδωκεν εἰς κρίσιν τηρουμένους, 5 καὶ ἀρχαίου κόσμου οὐκ ἐφείσατο ἀλλʼ ὄγδοον Νῶε δικαιοσύνης κήρυκα ἐφύλαξεν κατακλυσμὸν κόσμῳ ἀσεβῶν ἐπάξας, 6 καὶ πόλεις Σοδόμων καὶ Γομόρρας τεφρώσας [καταστροφῇ] κατέκρινεν ὑπόδειγμα μελλόντων ἀσεβεῖν τεθεικώς, 7 καὶ δίκαιον Λὼτ καταπονούμενον ὑπὸ τῆς τῶν ἀθέσμων ἐν ἀσελγείᾳ ἀναστροφῆς ἐρρύσατο• 8 βλέμματι γὰρ καὶ ἀκοῇ ὁ δίκαιος ἐγκατοικῶν ἐν αὐτοῖς ἡμέραν ἐξ ἡμέρας ψυχὴν δικαίαν ἀνόμοις ἔργοις ἐβασάνιζεν• 9 οἶδεν κύριος εὐσεβεῖς ἐκ πειρασμοῦ ῥύεσθαι, ἀδίκους δὲ εἰς ἡμέραν κρίσεως κολαζομένους τηρεῖν, 10 μάλιστα δὲ τοὺς ὀπίσω σαρκὸς ἐν ἐπιθυμίᾳ μιασμοῦ πορευομένους καὶ κυριότητος καταφρονοῦντας. τολμηταὶ αὐθάδεις, δόξας οὐ τρέμουσιν βλασφημοῦντες,
The Lord Jesus is in full control, even when false teachers harm the church Intro : Who is the most likely person here to be a false teacher? 1. False teachers will come, denying the gospel and harming the church, but Jesus has their destruction ready (2.1-3) in their greed. Greed drives false teaching. 'exploit' denying the master who bought them, cf despising authority v10. secretly, smuggling in heresy. false teaching, from greed, leads to sensuality, v2 and v10. false teaching denies Jesus either through making his work incomplete, or inaccessible. Either not fully God or fully man. the lefty vulnerability to false teaching; the righty vulnerability (excusing manner and methods) we tend to be harsher with awkward and annoying types, who are still sheep, than with smooth talking, socially skilled false teachers Destruction is utterly certain. Destruction is not annihilation. Instead, it's a 'game over' state. 2. The Lord's track record shows us that he is completely able to rescue his people from trials (2.4-10) 3 ancient reference points. Book of Enoch, Tartarus v9 the comfort in the midst of all this This 'rescue' obviously involves punishment for his enemies. What should be our response to the threat and problem of false teaching? Paranoia and obsession? No, vigilant, diligent Christian living from a place of confidence in Jesus to hold his people (v9). This is the kind of living in the 'last days' that Peter calls for in both letters. The importance of expository, gospel-centred preaching for the health and safety of the church. Even then when leaders go bad, people have not lost their confidence in the Scriptures, and have the discernment to be able to spot and address sin patterns and false teaching. God's glory: He will indeed bring 'swift' destruction Yet he knows how to rescue the godly from trials, make no mistake FCF : Greed (selfish gain); despising authority; sensuality. H1. Easy to point the finger out at all-out rebellion. Why rebel leaders often then look just like the previous tyrant. H2. Ways that greed for selfish gain show in churches. Influence, platform. Saying something 'new' and apparently clever. Appreciation and adoration. Power. Person of Jesus: He is the Lord, the master. Shows the patience of the Father. He is the final prophet who calls out sin. He is the true teacher, the good shepherd. Never exploits his people for selfish gain. Work of Jesus: Rather, he is the good shepherd who laid down his life for his sheep. He 'bought' his people. He suffered the 'destruction' which his people deserved. And so he rescued his people. He will return to rescue and judge. Union with Jesus: In Him I am certain of the Father's love. In him I am safe! I am certain of the Father's patience. I am certain of coming judgement. Invitation : Keep going in the true gospel. Confrontation : Turn back from the lies and greed of false teaching, since swift destruction is coming. Consolation : The Master bought us, and we are his. He knows how to preserve and then rescue us. Wrap up: The LORD knows how to rescue the godly from trials.