THOSE WHO CORRUPT THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD
|II Peter 2:10-22 |
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 to depravity(for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. 20 If they have escaped from 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 com
mand 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.)
|(To prepare for this section, read Numbers 22). In verse 10, Peter uses the phrase, "desire of the sinful nature." Pick out two or three items he then discusses. (Identify verses)
In verse 10, Peter uses the phrase, "who . . . despise authority." Pick out two or three items he then discusses. (Identify verses)
Do you think any of this kind of behavior has gone on in the church during the past 1,000 years? Explain.
Have these kinds of actions taken place during the past century? Past decade?
What is the harm these leaders have done (see verse 13)?
Why is judgment so severe on those who have corrupted the knowledge of God? (Vrs. 17-18).
What promises (verse 19) are being made today on radio and TV?
Why are these warnings from Peter important to us today? Are these signs of the end time?
How can we avoid what Peter is talking about? Any Scripture that comes to mind?
* Corrupt desire; bold and arrogant; Creatures of instinct
* Reveling in their pleasures; never stop sinning; seduce the unstable; experts in greed
* Paid back; wages of wickedness
* Left the straight way; wandered off; again entangled and overcome, turn their backs
* Escape the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
Peter began this general section in 1:21, where he states how the Scriptures were given to us. He says that just as there were (false prophets) in their days, so it will be in the future. These harsh words from Peter reflect how deeply he believes they must ground themselves in the truth and in (knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.) These words of condemnation should bring apprehension to those who do not follow his exhortation to maintain open channels and relationship with God. Understand that knowledge of God comes from relational experience as well as reading and studying the Word.