2 Peter 2:13

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you, 2 Peter 2:13

Peter continues to speak of the false teachers that he has been referring to throughout the chapter. He states that they “will receive the wages of unrighteousness.” In this life, these false teachers may be profiting handsomely. They may never have trials or troubles, and the money may flow into their coffers like waters rushing in to fill a pond, but these are temporary riches. Eventually, the true wages they deserve shall be paid to them.

The word “wages,” however, is not the same as that which was used by Paul when he speaks of the “wages of sin” in Romans 6:23. It speaks of a reward or recompense which is given as a compensation for an action or decision. It is the same word that will be used in 2:15 when referring to Balaam who was hired to curse Israel. There is an action which is worth a certain hire, and that is what is then received by the one who was hired. In this case, Peter speaks of the reward for their unrighteous actions. He then further defines the thought by saying of them that they are “as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime.”

The idea is that of being completely unashamed of their actions. Those who carouse, normally do so at night. The dark hides their shame and it conceals their identity. During the day, they put on a different face so that they might be thought of as honorable people. But those Peter speaks of are so bold in their unrighteousness that they openly flaunt what they do. They have no care that their teaching is false. The money pours in, the suckers enrich their coffers, and they feel justified that they are worthy of their ill-gotten gain.

Because of the attitude, Peter further describes them by saying that “they are spots and blemishes.” The first word comes from the Greek: spilos. One can see the root of our modern word for “spill.” It was only used elsewhere by Paul in Ephesians 5:27 where he noted that Christ will present His church to Himself without “spot or wrinkle.” When one has a beautiful garment that gets a spot on it, nobody notices the garment any longer. Rather, the only thing that is seen is that horrible spot. That is what these false teachers are like. They ruin what is otherwise pure and beautiful.

The word translated as “blemish” is only found here, mómos. It is that which causes disgrace. One can see that the “spots” speak of the individuals in the church, whereas the “blemishes” speak of how they affect the church. Of these people, Peter then says that they are “carousing in their own deceptions.”

A different word, translated as “carousing,” is used here than was used in the previous clause. It speaks of self-indulgence and luxurious living. They are so set on living out their dream world of luxury that their deceptions are all they can think of. It is as if they are the center of the universe and everything around them was set in place just for them to live out their own luxurious existence. Peter says this occurs, “while they feast with you.”

In other words, even while joining together with believers, their conduct remains unchanged. They have taken on such an openly self-centered existence that they cannot perceive any need for change when they are around true believers who live holy lives and are truly pious in their actions, including the very meals they partake of.

Life application: God, who is rich in mercy, offers a gift – eternal life through the Lord Jesus. On the other hand, Peter takes this concept and says (still speaking of false teachers) that they will receive their wages. These are the people who actively disobey the gospel of Jesus and yet they are the same people who sit at feasts with believers.

Think on those in Christian circles who fit this description – people who claim to know Jesus, but who deny His authority by the life they lead. They openly flaunt their disobedient lifestyle while wearing garbs of the pious.

There is never a reason to trust someone just because they have on a minister’s attire or have a degree from a theological seminary. Rather, an instructor in Christianity is to be evaluated on how he handles the word of God and how he treats the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Lord God, You have stated that judgment begins at Your house. How terrifying it will be for those who have improperly handled Your word, and who have diminished the glorious work of Jesus Christ. They sit in Your church now, but they have never truly been a part of it. Keep us from such teachers that we may be found approved on the Day of Your visitation. Amen.

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “2 Peter 2:13

  • Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 at 7:39 am
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    LORD JESUS please give us the discernment to recognize these false teachers . thank you love and prayers to all

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  • Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 at 7:46 am
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    This matter of ‘teachers and their ill gotten gains’ has touched me personally during the Christmas holidays. The government has been cracking down on money laundering as well as ill gotten gains by all citizens. They have established special units in the Police service to deal with this .
    One Pastor has been arrested and charged with kidnapping, and extorting money from people.
    Another Pastor’s home was searched by the Police and they discovered $28 million dollars in cash in his house. He says it is tithes and offerings. Upon investigation, he was charged and the money was seized by the authorities.
    It has been a very embarrassing situation for all of us in the body of Christ. It made headline news. The unbelievers are having a field day. They are saying that there are more pastors who are doing this. Can you believe this in a small country of 1.3 million people?
    Please come quickly Lord Jesus.

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    • Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 at 8:28 am
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      Ruth, hi, we always love to hear your insights and experiences there on the island of 1.3 million people. It is staggering to hear what is going on, yet you shine and stand apart because your eyes are always on Jesus. We love you Ruth, and may God continue to strengthen you and grow you in the knowledge of our precious Savior, grace and peace be multiplied to you dear sister!

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  • Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 at 11:46 am
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    Ruth I second what John said, John what your wife experienced with her call to prayer for Rush LImbaugh sadly should not surprise us anymore. Common sense and moral judgement has come to an end in this world. The congress of the United States perfectly displays this sad truth! We have a body of people that are habitual liars with no moral compass, the anti fascist or the woman’s marchers call everyone that doesn’t agree with them Nazis, white supremacy, racist and on an on and yet when you present them with facts they don’t want to hear them and revert to the name calling to avoid facing the truth. I have to say the verses here the last few days have been disturbing and right on target for the people of this time! We are hanging on by our finger tips to stay above this evil that is swallowing up this world. The one thing that amazes me everyday is watching the verse that says “few will find the way” happening right before our eyes. My expectations of how many people would be saved dropped from half the world population ( that was when I first came to Christ) down to a few football stadiums full of people.ok maybe half a billion and at that I think I am being generous, how sad is that. Watching the hate and distain exiicbeted at the STOTU address last night by the liberal left in government left me asking can we come home now Lord Please!!! I am praying this is the year of the rapture as I don’t know how much more of this world we can take. My popcorn is gone the coming attractions are over and the feature (Tribulation) is about to start and we have a wedding feast to attend. Amen

    We are another day closer to home
    Grace, Mercy and peace on you and yours
    God Bless my friends we fly soon

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  • Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 at 4:07 pm
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    We just have to keep pressing on and loving the Lord. Regardless of what others do, we can just keep our eyes on Jesus.

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