Beware

Beware

II Peter 2

April 27, 2018

Just as Peter felt impressed to encourage the flock of God in their steadfast faith, here in chapter 2 of his second epistle, he also feels the pressing weight to alert the flock of impending peril.  The Lord has revealed to Peter that his remaining time on earth is drawing to a close (1:14), so he endeavors to arm his fellow believers against threats which were at present creeping in to the sheepfold.

Many of the New Testament writers were likewise compelled by the Spirit to sound the alarm, as watchmen upon the wall, concerning individuals who on the outside appeared to look like Christians, but were in fact wolves in sheep's clothing.  John admonishes us to "believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God".

While it is always our desire to look for the best in others around us, we must also be aware that Satan is crafty, and will seek every opportunity to lead astray the children of the Lord.  Jesus Himself warned His bride: "let no man take thy crown" (Rev. 3:11).  While He instructed His disciples to be "harmless as doves", yet in the same breath He cautioned: "be wise as serpents".

So, what would the Lord have to be our focus?  Let our focus be ever on the Good Shepherd, listening for His call, and He will always defend those that are His.  For His sheep know His voice, and will flock to the safety and comfort of His loving and protective embrace.


II Peter 2:1-22 (KJV) 

He foretells the coming of false teachers and the punishment to be given them and their followers

1 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.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; 

The godly shall be spared this punishment, as Lot was delivered out of Sodom


7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
10 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.
11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.
12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;
14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. 


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Comments 4

Christine K on Sunday, 29 April 2018 07:38

This Blog by Bro David is such a wonderful reminder to stay close to God!

This Blog by Bro David is such a wonderful reminder to stay close to God!
Janette Tomlinson on Sunday, 29 April 2018 08:50

"Let our focus be ever on the Good Shepherd", This is most certainly the key to making it through a day when the world is screaming around us. Noah is such a wonderful example of "focus". Thank you Bro David, beautiful words.

"Let our focus be ever on the Good Shepherd", This is most certainly the key to making it through a day when the world is screaming around us. Noah is such a wonderful example of "focus". Thank you Bro David, beautiful words.
Hal Tomlinson on Sunday, 29 April 2018 09:23

I am so thankful the Lord has constantly made us aware of the cunning devices of the enemy of our soul. The Master has a constant vigilance in our midst through the ministry which brings me great peace and confidence

I am so thankful the Lord has constantly made us aware of the cunning devices of the enemy of our soul. The Master has a constant vigilance in our midst through the ministry which brings me great peace and confidence
Jennifer Luttman on Friday, 04 May 2018 12:12

I pray for vigilance today. The devil is in fact very crafty but God is so much bigger. Thanks Bro. Corbitt.

I pray for vigilance today. The devil is in fact very crafty but God is so much bigger. Thanks Bro. Corbitt.
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