Saturday 25 October, 2014

2 Peter 2:11-22

Those false prophets are bold and proud. They aren’t afraid to speak evil things against heavenly beings. 11 Angels are stronger and more powerful than those people. But even angels don’t bring to the Lord evil charges against heavenly beings. 12 Those people speak evil about things they don’t understand. They are like wild animals. They do what comes naturally to them. They are born only to be caught and destroyed. Just like animals, they too will die. 13 They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to have wild parties in the middle of the day. They are like spots and stains. They enjoy their sinful pleasures while they eat with you. 14 They stare at women who are not their wives. They want to have sex with them. They never stop sinning. They trap those who are not firm in their faith. They have mastered the art of getting what they want. God has placed them under his curse. 15 They have left God’s way. They have wandered off. They follow the way of Balaam, son of Beor. He loved to get paid for doing his evil work. 16 But a donkey corrected him for the wrong he did. Animals don’t speak. But the donkey spoke with a human voice. It tried to stop the prophet from doing a very dumb thing. 17 Those false prophets are like springs without water. They are like mists driven by a storm. The blackest darkness is reserved for them. 18 They speak empty, bragging words. They make their appeal to the earthly longings of people’s sinful nature. They tempt new believers who are just escaping from the company of sinful people. 19 They promise to give freedom to the new believers. But they themselves are slaves to sinful living. A person is a slave to anything that controls him. 20 They may have escaped the sin of the world. They may have come to know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. But what if they are once again caught up in sin? And what if it has become their master? Then they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. 21 What if they had not known the way of godliness? That would have been better than to have known it and then to have turned their backs on it. The way of godliness is the sacred command that was passed on to them. 22 What the proverbs say about them is true. “A dog returns to where it has thrown up.” (Proverbs 26:11) And, “A pig that is washed goes back to rolling in the mud.”

There is God’s way, righteous, pure and full of God’s rewards for those who walk it. Then there is the way of the flesh, corrupt, seductive and full of God’s wrath for those who walk it.

Arrogance, particularly when it comes to spiritual matters seems to be a hallmark of walking in the way of the flesh. These are people that promise much, but deliver nothing, worse still, they seduce others to follow them.

These people will be found out and destroyed by God.

“Heavenly Father, I desire to be aligned to you and your ways, full of your grace and peace, not holding onto bitterness or deceit. Lord we are blessed by you, freed from the curse. Teach us to be cautious around fools, especially puffed up ‘spiritual fools’.”

Written by Andrew Mellor

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