2 Peter 2:10 Liberty Under Government

2 Peter 2:10 (KJV)
But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.

The term government refers to mastery or rule. It is any sort of organized authority.

  • Parental
  • Corporate (as in work)
  • Spiritual

We tend, I think, to equate the word to purely political. To do so in this instance would destroy the context. This passage is all about despising spiritual authority. It manifests itself in those people who claim to believe in God but not organized religion.

I spoke with a man this week who said I am a false teacher because I insist the Bible commands Christians to unite with a local church. He said that because the church is the people and not the building we can worship anywhere we want. He is exactly the person Peter speaks of. They demand liberty but are servants of corruption.

God organizes everything. He is a God of order. We would do best to find liberty under His government.

 

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2 Peter 3:15-16 Those Who Abuse the Bible

2 Peter 3:15-16 (KJV)
And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

There are two sorts of people who abuse those passages of the Bible that are “hard to be understood:”

Those who are unlearned
The clearest case for expecting those who enter the ministry to be “not a novice” lies in the fact that it is so easy to wrest the Scriptures, especially those that are hard to be understood, and teach something far from the truth. The current shift of young, restless and reformed is certainly a case in point. Though it isn’t true of all of them, it is true that many of them have been swept up in that which they do not know.

Those who are unstable
The corrupt nature ensures that there will always be those willing and ready to take advantage of the unlearned and simple. While neither is good, the case of this later is so much more heinous because they know they are wresting the Scriptures. They are fully aware of what the Bible says but choose to present it in the way they please and thereby mislead those who may be misled.

Clear, consistent and patient teaching is the way to counter those who wrest the Scriptures.

  • The unlearned must be taught.
  • The unstable must be exposed.

 

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2 Peter 2:1 Twisting the Bible

2 Peter 2:1 (KJV)
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that those who would twist the Scripture in one thing would twist it in others as well?

The modern false teacher wrests the Word of God in a number of subtle ways. In other ways their error is not so subtle. Only those who refuse to see would not see these false teachings. A simple one is discovered in this very passage; the Apostle Peter makes a distinction between those false prophets (in the Old Testament era) and false teachers (in the current era).

  • Prophets are past, even the false ones
  • Teachers are current, even the false ones

Those who claim to be prophets, and those who follow after them are equally blind and blatantly rebellious against the Word of God. It cannot be that they do not know what the Bible says. It is too plain, and they are not ashamed to promote at least some version of the Bible to their peers.

No, the issue is rebellion. The issue is twisting the Word of God whenever it teaches something they dislike (such as women preaching) or else ignoring the Word of God whenever it denounces something they do (such as claiming the office of prophet).

Any one of us is capable of being blind to the clear teaching of a passage that contradicts our preconceived or cultural ideas concerning the faith.

To reject that teaching once it has been made clear to us is dangerous for our spiritual well being and for the advancement of the Christian faith to future generations.

 

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2 Peter 1:1 Have You Got It?

2 Peter 1:1 (KJV)
Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

I am interested in the Word “obtained.”

Our saving faith is precious.
The worth of salvation is estimated in the judgment from which it saves us. This is no small thing. Eternal hell is at issue. To be rescued from such is of more value than we can possibly calculate.

Our saving faith is common
There is only one way to the Father and that is through Jesus. It is the way Peter came to the Father. It is the same way all of the apostles came to the Father. It is the same way Peter’s original audience came to the Father. It is the way each of us must come to the Father.

Our saving faith was obtained
It does not automatically belong to anyone. All who have it have obtained it. At one time they were without it and at some point in their life they received it.

Neither were any elected to it. It wasn’t chosen for them. It was given to them.

The word means something like, “to receive by lot.” This does not mean that it was by chance. What it expresses is that it is a small number who gain it. It is a grace bestowed upon a few and not a mercy showered upon all.

Have you obtained this faith?

Come to Jesus. He promises not to turn you away.

 

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2 Peter 1:1 Something Worth Getting

2 Peter 1:1 (KJV)
Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

Peter writes, he says, to a people who have obtained “like precious faith.” The object obtained is faith. The adjectives define and describe that faith

It is like faith
There is a difference in faiths. One is not the same as or as good as another. The old phrase “it doesn’t matter what you believe so long as you are sincere” is a falsehood. It does matter. Peter looked for those who had obtained faith like his.

It is precious faith
The adjective describes something’s value or worth as in “precious metals.” It is often associated with rarity. Those metals have value because there is little of it. The word also has attached some sense of emotion. They are precious jewels because they are enjoyed by the owner. A daughter is often called precious by her father.

This faith of Peter’s is rare. It is a small number of people who come to possess it. And all those who do possess it find it to be precious to their heart.

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