2 Peter 2
Category:New Testament -> 2 Peter
2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as
(2:1-3) “Damnable heresies” The basic message of Christianity is “believe or be damned" and from this flows intolerance toward all non-Christians. But, as these verses show, Christian intolerance is often directed toward believers as well. Each group of Christians accuses the others of being "false teachers" of “damnable heresies” who will soon be damned to hell.
2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
2:3 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.
2:4 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;
“The angels that sinned”
Are the “angels that sinned” the “sons of God” that had sex with human females to produce a race of giants? (See Gen.6:4)
Is the devil free to roam?
(2:4-5) “God ... spared not the old world, but saved Noah.” Young Earth Creationists use this verse to show that the New Testament authors believed in the flood story.
The Gospel—Evidence for Creation
2:5 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;
“Noah ... a preacher of righteousness.”
God drowned everyone on earth except for Noah [the first drunken "preacher of righteousness" (see Gen.9:20)] and his family.
Has there ever been a righteous man?
2:6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an example unto those that after should live ungodly;
2:7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
(2:7-9) “Just Lot ... that righteous man”
Lot (who in Gen.19:8 offers his two virgin daughters to a crowd of angel rapers and later (19:30-38) impregnates them) was a “just” and “righteous man.”
Has there ever been a just person?
Has there ever been a righteous person?
Was Lot a righteous man?
2:8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
God knows how to punish those that “despise government.”
2:10 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.
2:11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.
2:12 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;
2:13 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;
2:14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
2:15 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;
2:16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
“The dumb ass speaking with man’‘s voice”
The author of 2 Peter actually believes the story in Numbers (22:28-30) about the talking ass.
2:17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
2:18 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.
2:19 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.
2:20 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.
“it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness.”
Is it possible to fall from grace?
2:21 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.
2:22 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.
“The dog is turned to his own vomit.”