1. Hello, listening friends.
2. If you are joining us for the first time,
3. we are in the middle of a series of messages on 2 Peter.
4. Last time, we saw that false teachers are not the leaders that they think they are.
5. They are indeed slaves.
6. They have taken Christian liberty and perverted it.
7. Peter tells us, in 2 Peter 2:14,
8. that these false teachers entice unstable souls.
9. False teachers are particularly damaging to new believers.
10. False teachers explain that right and wrong is a matter of interpretation.
11. They claim that nothing you can do that is really wrong if you mean well.
12. For these false teachers, Peter said, are not amateurs.
13. They are indeed schooled in the art of seduction;
14. then, in the same verse, verse 14 of Chapter 2,
15. Peter makes what must have been a very painful statement.
16. Oh, but sometimes the truth is painful!
17. Peter said that they are under God’s curse.
18. In fact, that is why Peter goes on to verse 15 to give the example of Balaam.
19. Balaam chose to defy God’s will.
20. Balaam chose to reject God’s plan.
21. Balaam chose to go against God for the sake of greed.
22. You can read all about Balaam in the Book of Numbers, Chapter 22.
23. My listening friends, please listen carefully.
24. When an ass speaks with a human voice and shows better sense than his master, you know you’re in trouble;
25. yet, even that miracle did not shock Balaam out of his madness.
26. Balaam is a fearful example of a man who refused to do what God told him to do,
27. and Balaam goes on in his madness defying God.
28. In verse 17 of Chapter 2,
29. Peter said that these false teachers are like a spring without water.
30. It is like a spring that has gone dry
31. or a spring that looks like a spring and, yet, has no water.
32. That kind of spring causes nothing but frustration and pain for the thirsty traveler
33. and, sometimes, dry spring even causes death.
34. False teachers are like these empty springs.
35. Spiritually needy people go to them for refreshment and for relief from their spiritual thirst,
36. but all they get is a message that never quenches their spiritual thirst.
37. The message may sound good to them, or even comforting at first,
38. but their spiritual thirst remains or even grows stronger;
39. and, worse yet,
40. if the spiritual needy person cannot quench their thirst in the Living Water,
41. the final result is the death of their soul.
42. When Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman,
43. He told her that He is the Living Water
44. and whoever comes and drinks from the Living Water will never thirst again.
45. It is not surprising, therefore, that, when these false teachers have denounced the words of Jesus as irrelevant for today,
46. they have become parched and dry.
47. In John, Chapter 7,
48. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit is like a river of Living Water.
49. If false teachers deny the presence of the Holy Spirit,
50. if false teachers deny the power of the Holy Spirit,
51. and if false teachers deny the working of the Holy Spirit,
52. no wonder, therefore, they are spiritually dry.
53. Listen to what Peter is telling us in verse 17.
54. He said, “False teachers are a mist or a cloud driven by the storm.”
55. A cloud normally holds a promise of rain.
56. Clouds are a welcome sight to people in the land that has suffered from prolonged drought,
57. but not this cloud.
58. This cloud looks like a rain cloud,
59. but is easily driven by every wind that blows,
60. and the rain in that cloud never falls
61. and those who are desperate and looking to this cloud for relief
62. will end up with dashed hopes and parched tongues.
63. People who go to false teachers for bread—instead, they get stones.
64. People who go to false teachers for water and, instead, they get hemlock.
65. Look at verse 18 of Chapter 2.
66. Peter says, “false teachers use high-sounding words and fine phrases, but they have no meaning.”
67. The deceiving thing is this:
68. false teachers sound intellectual.
69. They sound like they are full of knowledge,
70. but it is not the knowledge of God.
71. It is only knowledge of the world.
72. Peter said that these false teachers can impress us with their eloquent expressions,
73. but, in reality, they are bags of wind.
74. Their words sound important, but they have no meaning;
75. and people are often impressed with their fancy sounding words, but they have tasted none of the Bread of Life.
76. The words are tasteless and meaningless and cannot bear fruit.
77. We can see Peter’s greatest concern when we look at the second part of verse 18.
78. Listen to what he said.
79. “They allured those who have already escaped from the life of sin through the lust of the flesh.”
80. Peter is worried about the new believers,
81. or believers who are not spiritually mature.
82. Peter knows that the false teachers can easily lead them back into their previous, sinful life.
83. Instead of letting the truth of the Word of God be their attraction,
84. they lure people to trying to ease their conscious.
85. They lure people to excuse anyone who lives a life of sin and disobedience.
86. Why was Peter so concerned?
87. Because he knew how difficult it is to be unhooked and un-entangled from a life of error.
88. Once your old nature has gotten its hooks back into you, turning back to God is difficult.
89. Verse 19 is a very key verse.
90. Listen to what Peter said.
91. The apostate teachers talk a lot about freedom,
92. but what they do is invert the real meaning of biblical freedom.
93. The Bible teaches us that believers are free unto the Lord.
94. What does that mean?
95. Because we are born again in the power of the Holy Spirit,
96. we are free from sin.
97. We are free from the condemnation of sin.
98. We are free from the motive of sin, which is fear.
99. We are free from the power of sin’s enslavement.
1. In other words, the sin’s still there, but we are no longer its slave;
2. but these false teachers take a beautiful word, "free," which is a very powerful biblical concept, and twist it.
3. These false teachers say that freedom means that you are free from the divine authority.
4. These false teachers say that freedom means you are free to break God’s commandments.
5. False teachers say that freedom means you are free to sin.
6. Peter said
7. a person who is a slave is the person who is enslaved to whatever controls him or her.
8. If you are not free to break from alcohol, you are a slave to alcohol.
9. If you are not free to break from drugs, you are a slave to drugs.
10. If you are not free to break from lustful pursuits, you are a slave to your sexual appetite.
11. A false teacher would tell you that it is okay to sin. This is the way you were made.
12. Spiritually, you are either dominated by the Holy Spirit, or by your own nature of sin.
13. Whose servant are you?
14. It is my prayer that you are a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ;
15. therefore, in verse 20,
16. Peter is saying to the spiritually young believers, who are his greatest concern,
17. “Be warned.
18. You are responsible and accountable to God for your own spiritual welfare.”
19. Peter is telling believers that, while God is going to judge those false teachers,
20. but you have no excuse.
21. If you allow yourself to be led astray, you will pay a tremendous price for it.
22. Peter is telling us that we have escaped the pollution of the world through the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
23. We are born again by the grace of God through the power of the Holy Spirit,
24. and, once we are saved by grace, we cannot lose our salvation.
25. Salvation is a gift given to us by God through the precious blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.
26. Peter says that the person who has genuinely committed his or her life to the Lord Jesus Christ,
27. this person is in serious trouble when he or she becomes again entangled by sin instead of overcoming sin.
29. Because a Christian cannot play games with God
30. by dabbling in overt, pre-meditated sin while they claim to be Christian.
31. Listen to what Peter said in verse 21--
32. that it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness.
33. Sadly, there are some believers who think that God is just offering us an eternal life insurance policy.
34. They think that this allows us to accept Christ and, then, not follow Him.
35. No. That’s not the way.
36. Peter said that this is false teaching, and get away from it.
37. In 2 Peter, Chapter 2, verse 22
38. Peter closes this Chapter by reminding us of two powerful illustrations from Proverbs 26:11.
39. First, those who turn from following the Lord Jesus Christ are, as the proverb said, a dog returning to his own vomit.
41. such a person is like a swine, who has just been washed and cleaned, but insists on returning back to wallowing in the mud.
42. Peter uses both the dog and the pig deliberately
43. because, under the Old Testament law, these were unclean animals.
44. Why does Peter use such strong language?
45. Because lapsed believers are in a more tragic plight than the unbeliever who rejected the light.
46. Jesus spoke of the same danger in Matthew 12:43.
47. Let’s read it together.
48. Paul tells the Corinthian Christians who were living a life of sin and disobedience
49. that God will try and try again; but, if they do not repent, they may actually experience physical death.
50. God cannot be mocked,
51. but this tragic ending doesn’t have to be.
52. God will forgive and restore if you genuinely repent.
53. God is more than ready to forgive you.
54. God is ready to give you the power and freedom over sin, whatever it may be.
55. Will you pray with me this prayer?
56. "Lord Jesus, forgive me.
57. I have not taken my salvation very seriously.
58. I have wandered away from You.
59. I receive Your forgiveness, Jesus,
60. because I repent.
61. In Your name, Jesus.