Saturday, July 01, 2017

Homiletics: 2 Peter 2


Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

1.But there also false proph just as there’ll bfalse tchrs:secretly intro destructv heresies denying L(1)

2.many will follow their depraved conduct & bring way of truth into dispute(2)

3.in greed, these tchrs exploit w/fabric8d stories,condemn hanging oer em, their destruction sleeping(3)

4.If G spare angels when they sinnd but sent2hell,putting em in chains of dkness4judgmt(4)

5.if He spare ancient wrld when brought flood on ungodly,ptoected Noah,preacher of rightness&7(5)

6.if He comdemnd Sodom&Gom by burning2ashes,ex of what 2happn2ungodly(6)

7.if He rescued Lot,rightus distressd by depraved conduct;living among em,tormntd by lawlss deeds(7-8)

8.L knows how 2rescue godly&hold unrighteous 4 punishmt(9)

9.This esp true those follow corrupt desire flesh/despise auth;bold&arrog,heap abuse on celes being(10)

10.even angels tho strngr heap abuse on such beings when bringing judgmt on them from L(11)

 

11.these blaspheme,lk unreasning animals,creatures of instinct,born2b caught/dstroyd,theyll perish(12)

12.theyll be pd bk harm4harm;their idea pleasure=carouse daylt;blots&blemishs,reveling in pleasure(13)

13.w/eyes full adultery,nvr stop sing,seduce unstable,experts in greed,accursed brood(14)

14.they left straight way,follow way of Balaam who lvd wages of wickedness(15)

15.he rebuked4wrongdoing by donkey, spoke w/human voce,restrained propht’s madness(16)

16.these ppl=springs w/o h2o,mists drvn by storm,blkest dkness res4them(17)

17.they mouth empty,boastflwds&by appealing2lustful desires of flesh,entice ppl(18)

18.they promise feedom while they slaves of depravity for”ppl slaves2whatevr mastered them”(19)

19.if escaped corrupt of wrld by knowing LJC,are again entangld/ovrcm,worse than @beginning(20)

20.bettr 2hv knwn rightness than turn bk;of em provn true:dog retns2vomit,sow retns2wallowng(21-22)

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1. God will not spare judgment of false teachers (1-11)

Principle:  Cling to Truth to avoid false teachers.

2.False Teachers: Slaves of Depravity (12-22)

Principle:  True freedom is found in Christ alone.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

God will rescue the godly and punish false teachers.

 

Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):

TCMATK All people are accountable to God for their actions.

 

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about life change):

1.What characteristics mark false teachers and how are you protecting yourself from studying under one or becoming one yourself?

2.How will you protect God’s people from becoming enslaved to false teaching?


A few notes on 2 Peter 2:

 

Just as there were false prophets back in the day, there will be false teachers until Christ reigns eternally.

 

How might one secretly introduce destructive heresy?  Whisper it to one person and let them pass it on?  Spread truthful sounding lies in a convincing way?  Think about it.  Paul mentions in Galatians 2:4 that false brothers infiltrate to spy on our freedom and make us slaves.  So, we believe they’re brothers and we trust them enough to get close to us and influence us.  We need to know what God’s Word says so we’re not fooled by these plausible-sounding lies!

 

Jesus purchased all mankind.  Always remember how precious you are.

 

2 Peter 2:2 says: Many will follow the depraved behavior of the false teacher and bring the way of truth into disrepute.  How?  Because people are going to be looking at the behavior of the groups of believers that are being infiltrated and led astray by false teachers and they’re going to think that this is how the body of Christ behaves.  Ouch!  We need to know what the Word says.  What if the person in question really has a heart for God and doesn’t want to do wrong but is being misled?  In Titus 3:10, Paul instructs that we should warn a divisive person.  Then we should warn them a second time.  After that, we are to have nothing to do with them.  A person who really loves God should come around when you’ve warned them.

 

False teachers are motivated by greed.  They make up stories that exploit believers.  Their condemnation is coming.  Their destruction is alive and kicking and moving quickly toward a less than stellar eternity.

 

1 John 2:18-19 says false Christs will go out from God’s people.  We need to be discerning.  We need to look very different that false believers so the lost who are looking to follow someone will have evidence to question.

 

God didn’t spare the angels when they sinned.  He sent them to hell.  The fall of Lucifer is recorded in Isaiah 14:12-7, Ezekiel 28:11-19, and Revelation 12:9 talks about him being hurled to earth with his angels.

 

God brought the flood on ungodly people, but protected a righteous Noah and his family.  Read his account in Genesis 6:9-9:28.

 

Genesis 19:1-29 shows God’s judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah and how He rescued Lot, who was tormented by the lawlessness he lived in the midst of.

 

God knows how to divide the godly from the wicked.  He knows how to spare and He knows how to judge.  And judgment is coming.

 

Judgment is coming for those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority.  These are bold and arrogant people.  They are blasphemers.  Like unreasoning animals.  They are creatures of instinct.  Born to be caught and destroyed.  They, like animals, will perish.

 

They’ll be paid back harm for harm.  They are blots and blemishes.  They are blatant, out in the open pleasure-seekers.  Adulterers who never stop sinning.  They seduce the unstable.  So be stable!

 

They’ve wandered off the straight path.  This means they knew the straight path.

 

Read the story of Balaam in Numbers 22.  This prophet took money for wickedness and was reprimanded by a donkey!

 

2 Peter 2:17 says they’re like springs without water.  This is a place where you expect refreshment but find only dryness and dust!  Blackest darkness is reserved for them.

 

They speak boastfully.  They appeal to our lustful desires.  They entice.  They promise freedom but are really slaves of depravity.

 

Galatians 5:20 lists the following heretical behavior: idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions and factions.  These are not harmless in attitude or action.  These are foundational in pitting the bearer directly against Christ.

 

In John 17, Christ prayed for unity between His people, His Father and Himself.  You cannot have unity in an entity that is being divided.  We must seek unity as Christians with Christians.

 

Read Jude’s letter in conjunction with this chapter.  Some phrasing is almost verbatim between the two.  The parallels indicate the importance of the subject matter.  We also see similar language and content in Paul’s epistles.  False teachers are as prevalent and dangerous now as they were then.  Beware!

 

Jude 4 refers to condemned people who have secretly slipped in among believers.  These ungodly people pervert grace into a license to live immorally.

 

Jude 5 reminds us that the Lord delivered His people out of Egypt then later destroyed those who didn’t believe.  Those He destroyed were originally counted among God’s people but they were not true believers.

 

In Colossians 2:1-4, Paul says he contends for the Colossians and the Laodiceans!  He didn’t want them to be deceived by fine-sounding arguments (Colossians 2:4).  Yet, in spite of Paul’s efforts, the Laodiceans may not have escaped that deception.  We see what happened to them in Revelation 3:15!  Christ is scolding them for being neither hot nor cold.  We don’t want to end up the same way.

 

So how do we keep our passion?  We cling to the Truth.  We recognize that true freedom comes from being in Christ.  We acknowledge what we’ve been rescued from.  We treasure what we’ve been redeemed for.  We know we are loved and treasured.  We love and serve because we are loved.  We pray and confess our sins because we are loved.  We meet God daily and allow Him to speak life into us, teaching us who we are to Him.

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