Reread Peter Chapter 2
2Pe 2:12 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.
This passage is so clear that it needs no additional explanation or comment. But you know we are going to give it at least some scrutiny. We cannot do it much justice, because it is so expansive. Leaving the truth from God’s word and replacing it with heresy carries with it some natural consequences as well as some spiritually induced consequences. You can find many of those consequences listed in these verses.
What we wish to emphasize today is the ways we can ward off the error of the ways of false teachers and false teachings. Let us examine our attitudes and ways of thinking to see if we are on the right track.
1. What is our idea of pleasure (vs. 13)? We must find our pleasure in the things of our Lord. They are there – we simply need to discover the depth of the pleasures found within obedience to God. We can find pleasure in doing good for others, loving them as Jesus loved. The Spirit loves to show us the value of our service for the Kingdom of God.
2. Are we creatures of instinct (vs. 12)? The basic instinct of man is toward evil. We do not have within us the nature and purpose of God until such time as we accept Christ and begin our walk with Him. One of the main purposes of our submission to Jesus is for us to change our basic instincts so that we will have the nature of God and His Spirit controlling our lives. We cannot allow ourselves to “find out who we are.” That has already been determined by our Creator. We are who He created us to be. Finding out who that is means that we lose many of our basic instincts. We are no longer creatures of instinct.
3. What do we work for (vs. 15)? What wages do we pursue? We must give careful consideration to the wages earned at the end of life. Working in the field of our Vineyard Owner will assuredly produce the kind of earnings which will produce great rewards for our labor.
4. Will our pursuits ultimately be defined as madness (vs. 16)? As long as our pursuits are in harmony with Godly wisdom and purpose, they will be eventually defined as the epitome of sanity. His road for life is the only one which makes any sense.
5. Are we springs of living water (vs. 17)? Our submission to God’s will fills us with the Spirit and supplies us with all we need to live our lives producing fruit for eternity. Jn 7:37 On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”
All the ills mentioned in these verses from 2 Peter can be avoided. We need not worry about the coming wrath and judgment which will overtake our world. Jesus has chosen us to be recipients of the revelation of His truth. We have not fallen to the deceit of our enemy. We cling to the truth of God in regard to homosexuality. We may have our times of failure, but we have not followed the way of Balaam. Even his donkey knew that following our Lord is preferable to following the ruler of this world.
Prayer: Lord, our road has been long and difficult. Our enemy has tried many times to turn us away from Your truth. We have erred at times, but Your Spirit has not allowed us to remain in rebellion. Thank You.