II Peter 2:1-10a

image_pdfimage_print

THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD CORRUPTED

II Peter 2:1-10a
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 them-selves. 2 Many will follow their shame
ful 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 judg
ment; 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.
(To prepare for this section, read Jude and Revelation 20:1-3.) Read II Peter 1:20, 21, and contrast the source of truth with what we see in II Peter 2:1-3.




Peter states, "But there were also false prophets among the people." When? Why is that mentioned?





If our "knowing" God is through relationship, what have these false prophets done to "deny the Lord"?




How do you think the truth is brought into disrepute? (Vr. 2).




What did the rebellious angels and the ungodly people of Noah's time and in Sodom and Gomorrah all have prior to their being judged?



From verse 9, explain God's power: In our behalf; those who have rejected Him.




How is "despising authority" the cause of the problem identified in verse 10?




In this passage, Peter points to the threat to the Christians of his time. Do you see any kind of similar threat today? If so, explain.




In the very worst of times, what is the hope that you see?

Key Words
* False prophets, false teachers
* Shameful, destructive, disrepute, greed
* Did not spare
* Protected, rescued

Background
Peter, writing about 66 AD, is looking down the centuries of history. He begins to paint a picture that is not pretty to look at. It will get worse. It begins with bad teaching which will lead to bad living. It will be a struggle for power which will lead to the exploitation of well-meaning people. But God had acted in the past to rescue people in the worst of times. He was doing so in Peter(s time and He has promised to do so in the future.
Song: Got any problems you think are unsolvable; got any mountains you can’t tunnel through? God specializes in things thought impossible; and He will do what no other friend will do.