1. Hello, listening friends.
2. If you are joining this broadcast for the first time,
3. we are in the middle of a series of messages from 2 Peter.
4. The Apostle Peter began his second letter by taking the offensive against false teachers.
5. In Chapter 1,
6. we saw Peter establishing the basis of the Christian faith;
7. and, here, in Chapter 2,
8. Peter proceeds to refute the false teaching of the false teachers.
9. Peter first assails the false teachings
10. and, then, he denounced the false teachers themselves.
11. My listening friends, I hope that, as you are studying the second Epistle of Peter, you will understand the important things in it.
12. It is important that you understand the necessity of testing all teaching by the Scripture.
13. Peter tells us that we must judge all teaching by the Scripture.
14. Peter also tells us that it is important to refute all of those people who teach false doctrine;
15. and these false teachers, Peter said, are deceptive
16. and their deception is very subtle.
17. Their deceptions are often disguised as educated knowledge.
18. My listening friends,
19. the great danger of their teachings is this:
20. what they are teaching is nothing less than heresy
21. and believers are under obligations to test what they are teaching.
23. By comparing their teaching to the Scripture,
24. and, if their teaching is not compatible with the Word of God,
25. then, we are under further obligation
26. and that is to expose the fallacy of what they are teaching.
27. Just as the people who lived in the time of the Apostle Peter were subtle in their deception,
28. we, too, have institutions and some people who live in our times who are subtle in their deception.
29. Here, in 2 Peter, Chapter 2, verses 1 to 14,
30. the Apostle provides us with an expose' of false teachers and false teaching.
31. If you have a Bible, please turn with us to 2 Peter 2:1 to 14.
32. Let us read it together.
33. Peter is giving us clues as to how to spot false doctrine and false teachers.
34. The first clue is in verse 1.
35. He said they will secretly bring in destructive heresies.
36. Those who will lead people astray will usually sneak up on them.
37. They often approach people in the guise of love.
38. My listening friends, this is very important.
39. These false teachers are tricking people with beautiful words.
40. What they are doing is using words to entice and silence the believers.
41. False teachers use beautiful words to make their false teaching dominate while they seem harmless.
42. The word that the Apostle Peter uses in 2 Peter 2:1 means
43. doctrines that contain some truth but which are cleverly blended with error.
44. If false teachers come right out and say “We do not believe that Jesus was the divine Son of God,
45. the One Who preexisted with the Father before the foundation of the earth,”
46. believers everywhere could spot their false teaching and expose it;
47. or, if false teachers were to say,
48. “We do not believe in the literal physical resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”
49. believers everywhere could easily tell that they were spreading lies;
50. but false teachers know that
51. and Peter is telling us that false teachers are masters of deception.
52. They replace the knowledge of God with lies of Satan.
53. What that means is this:
54. that while they profess to be ministers of righteousness,
55. they secretly bring in soul-destroying heresies alongside the biblical doctrine.
56. It is a deliberate and deceptive mixture of falsehood and truth.
57. False teachers use enough biblical language to keep the unsuspecting new believer coming to them,
58. but they are poisoning the water.
59. They are like the farmer who decided to save some money
60. so he gradually substituted sawdust for some of the oats in the feeding of his mules.
61. Things seemed to go fine for a while.
62. By the time the mule was satisfied from eating the sawdust,
63. he was dead.
64. The same thing happens spiritually.
65. The change from truth to error is often very gradual and a slow process
66. and people don’t always know the difference;
67. but, before they know it, they are spiritually dead.
68. These people, said Peter, even deny the Lord.
69. The Bible tells us that all those who deny the Lord will suffer the judgment of Christ,
70. and no one knows more about denying the Lord than Peter;
71. but at least Peter did not continue in his denial.
72. Peter repented and turned to the Lord.
73. The word for "deny" means to contradict, reject, or disavow.
74. What does Peter mean by "the Lord Who bought them?"
75. When the Lord Jesus Christ hung on the cross and His blood dripped till He died,
76. by this gracious act, He bought the world.
77. The Lord paid for the sins of man with His own precious blood;
78. but, to be individually redeemed, you must accept that only Christ could pay the price.
79. Prior to His death, salvation was only possible through the covenant set in the Old Testament;
80. but, now that Jesus died on the cross,
81. He bought all the world’s races and all the world’s groups.
82. He bought the world, but not all in the world are redeemed.
83. By buying the world, Jesus made redemption possible to everyone.
84. By buying the world, Jesus is giving the opportunity to everyone to come and be redeemed.
85. By buying the world, Jesus is saying, “Come. Repent and believe on me so that you can be redeemed…”
86. so, Peter is saying all are bought, but not all redeemed.
87. Redemption applies only to those who receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
88. In Matthew 13:44,
89. Jesus pictures Himself as a man who sold all that he had to buy a field.
90. Jesus tells us that the field is the world and all who are in it.
91. The wheat and the tares together—they are all bought by His death on the cross.
92. His death on the cross is sufficient for the redemption of the whole world,
93. but it is only effective for those who repent and believe and surrender to Him.
94. The fact that these false teachers have never been born again is an indication of their destiny;
95. and their destiny, Peter said, is swift destruction.
96. Their doom is eternal punishment in the lake of fire.
97. In verse 2, Peter predicts that they will attract a large following.
98. They do this by lowering the biblical standards of morality and encouraging indulgence of the flesh.
99. In verse 3, he said these false teachers are greedy both in sexual and financial realms.
1. False teachers teach, not out of a call of God on their lives,
2. false teachers teach as a profession for personal gain.
3. False teachers teach, not because they care for the people and their spiritual well being,
4. false teachers teach as an opportunity for employment,
5. and they may look respectable.
6. They may look very acceptable to the world
7. and the world may give them all the accolades that false teachers want to have;
8. but, in reality, false teachers are sending their own lives to eternal destruction.
9. Someone who is listening today might be asking,
10. “But why does God let them go on like this?
11. Why doesn’t God do something?”
12. My listening friends, this is a very important question.
13. God is a very patient God.
14. God is a longsuffering God,
15. but don’t judge by appearances.
16. Don’t think that the last chapter has been written yet,
17. and that is why I want you tune in next time, as we will see that God’s judgment is on Its way.
18. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.