2 Peter 2:18

Monday, 10 February 2020

For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. 2 Peter 2:18

Peter just used a couple of metaphors to describe what false teachers are like. Now, he explains why he chose those metaphors by explaining what their words are like. He begins with, “For when they speak.” Peter is tying their speaking in with what he just said about them. They are wells without water, and they are clouds carried by a tempest. It is their words which makes them so. Understanding this, he says of their speech, their words are “great swelling words of emptiness.”

The oratory skills of these people may be exceptional. Their presentation may be flawless. And their delivery may be without a stutter or a slur. However, the words they speak are empty. The word Peter uses is found only elsewhere in Romans 8:20 and Ephesians 4:17. It signifies “vanity” or “futility.” It is an aimless set of words strung together which lacks any sound purpose because they are transitory.

Peter then says that “they allure through the lusts of the flesh.” Rather than “through,” the Greek reads “in.” It is the sphere in which they exist, and they draw others into their realm. They are bent on presenting a message which suits their own personal lusts – be it sexual, for power, for control of others, or maybe even for attaining a perverse political agenda – whatever. Their words are directed to bring those they address into their own warped sphere of influence. Peter then says that this is done “through lewdness.”

The Greek here is much more direct. There is no preposition before “lewdness.” It is a stand-alone noun. It describes the state of the matter as it exists. Their conduct is outrageous and is a stain on public decency. And yet it is the makeup of who they are.

Peter then ties the next words in with the state of those who stalk them by saying, “the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error.” In these words, there is a variation between manuscripts based on very similar words. Note the difference between the two based on this variation –

“those who are barely escaping from those who live in error.” (ESV)
“the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error.” (NKJV)

Verse 2:14 speaks of those these people are enticing. Therefore, the likely reading is that of the ESV and others. There are some who hear their message and barely escape, and there are those who continue on in the error of the false teachers. The difference between these two seems to come down to whether they were ever truly saved or not. Those who were saved may be enticed and deluded by the false teachers, but their escape is assured, but there are those who never came to saving faith, and they continue on in error.

Life application: In presenting a false message, false teachers set up a conflict in those who have heard the gospel, encouraging them back into the exact same lifestyle that they were previously held captive in. This can be done in any way which promotes the value systems of the world.

Some speak of the gospel in terms of financial profit; some of sexual freedom; some of the blessings of promotion and power – “Yes! You too can have this desire of your heart because God wills your happiness; God wants prosperity for His children; God has forgiven you in Christ, and so you are free from condemnation, even while living in sexual sin.” There becomes no difference in the carnal desires played out in members of the church from those in the world around it.

Accountability is reduced to catchphrases, and the cross is left alone on the Place of the Skull (Golgotha) as a mere symbol to be admired from a distance – devoid of its true meaning and significance. May we never treat the work of Jesus Christ on that instrument of torture and death with anything less than our complete and undying devotion.

Lord God, our terrible plight and condition is revealed in the words of the Bible. We are, from time to time, pulled away from holy living by the temptations of power, wealth, and impurity. Renew our minds, purge our unhealthy desires, and turn our souls to wholehearted devotion to You. May we look to You and Your glorious work, and in looking, may we never forget what You accomplished for us. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “2 Peter 2:18

  • Monday, February 10th, 2020 at 5:21 am
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    Beautiful prayer Charlie, and yes, we need to be in the word so as to not fall into choosing the values of the world system, but on seeking the knowledge of Christ our Lord.

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  • Monday, February 10th, 2020 at 7:28 am
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    thank you . help us LORD JESUS to never turn back and forget what price YOU paid for us on the cross . love and prayers

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  • Monday, February 10th, 2020 at 9:05 am
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    We should all count our blessings that the lord has brought us here together at this time. When I look back at my early walk with Christ i see all the times that I could have fallen for the lies and deceptions of others but the lord took my/ our hands and lead us down the straight and narrow path around the pot holes that were there to trip us up and to open our eyes to see them. I believe the lord has and still is like sheep, herding us together under the watchful eyes of good and faithful shepherds like Charlie. I see many of you on the same live stream chats that I watch and it’s just such a blessing to know we are of one mind, one family in Christ. Oh for that glorious day when we we are home with the lord and we truly are a family together never to be separated for ever Amen. I am going to join the crowd and say yes Purim could very well be the rapture, if not I truly believe this is the year of the rapture. The first month of this years was like the world being thrown into a blender, everything is so messed up and February shows no sign of a slow down if anything it’s ramping up again with this corona virus that seem to be uncontrollable. Of course it doesn’t help that there are no universal rules as to how to handle or quarantine people, it’s done on a country by country basis and I have heard story’s of sick people not being quarantined but let back into the general population. Are we seeing the first major push by the NWO to achieve their goal of depopulating the world to a manageable 500,000,000 people. I think so. All the previous pandemic scares were just beta test on us. The testing is over and hey they are starting to reintroduce the other viruses such as swine flu and avian flu they are attacking the food chain too. famin equals death win win for the NWO. Thank God we won’t be here much longer.

    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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    • Monday, February 10th, 2020 at 10:33 am
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      Gordon hi brother. Although I can truly say as you do that this could be the year of the rapture, I just can’t put it as strongly as you and say I think that it will be this year. It sounds too much like the fake preachers and pundits out their with false motives.
      I will say that the prophecy that talks about end time realities like the increase in buying and selling that will be a part of the end times is not alluded to enough. Think of it, the first trillion dollar companies, the electronic buying and selling, record stock markets, black Friday sales, movies grossing over a billion dollars world wide, internet buys and Fed Ex and UPS up and down every street, and don’t let us forget the graft which buys the allegiance of government officials!!

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      • Monday, February 10th, 2020 at 12:47 pm
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        Hey John I hear what your saying bro but I do believe we need to be more bold sharing our beliefs and thoughts. The false teachers and preachers do not want to preach the rapture because they don’t want to lose their cash cows the people! With out them they will lose their mansions and cars and jets and fine suits etc etc etc. We need to hammer it into the heads of the lost souls just how imminent it is and we have a ton of things to back us up. My first and biggest consideration for the rapture this year is the Hebrew calendar. We are right now in the last 8 years of this millennium according to that calendar. Based on that the rapture has to happen this year because the next 7 years will be the tribulation years followed by Christ millennium reign here on earth. We are told to watch the signs and the seasons and for the last hundred years they have been exploding out of the Bible faster and fast to the point we are at right now. Timothy 3:1-8 describes the people of today to a frightening Tee. In just 100 years the technology has gone from the horse and carriage of the past 3,000 years to spaceships, Aircraft flying faster than sound heck just being able to fly is a technology unheard of until now, we can have the information of the world at our fingertips with the push of a button and have real time face to face conversations with someone on the other side of the world, virtually unheard of just 60 years ago. they can take our own stem cells and 3D print new living organs for transplant into our own body’s. The falling away of believers is growing by the minute, I dare say it’s out pacing those coming to Christ. I really believe the fullness of the gentiles will happen this year
        Look at the signs happening around us earthquakes everyday in multiple locations around the world and some are followed by swarms of follow up quakes that can number in the hundreds I. A very short span of time. Last few months there was a 21 day period where 75 volcanos were erupting at the same time! Unheard of in recorded history, Birds, fish, animals dying off by the millions and in Australia by the billions. The Pacific ocean is a radioactive cesspool of death thanks to Fukushima with no end in sight. The signs in the sky are happening with out end asteroids are approaching earth daily at levels unheard of . I am watching the signs and I am feeling confident with my thoughts. No I won’t give a day or hour but I will share the signs as I see them develop and right now I am sticking with what I see. If I am wrong……..check that I will deal with it when it happens but I do believe facts are on my side. In the meantime we can just sit back and eat our popcorn and watch the show until the lord calls us home Amen. Well hey that went way further than I expected lol. Hang in there bro we are at the finish line!

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  • Monday, February 10th, 2020 at 4:18 pm
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    BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS!

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