BEWARE OF FALSE TEACHERS
2 Peter 1-2 says:
1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.
2 Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned.
2 Peter 2:18-22 says:
18 For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they (false teachers) entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error,
19 promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.
20 For if, after they have escaped the defilement’s of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.
21 For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them.
22 It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A DOG RETURNS TO ITS OWN VOMIT,” and, “A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.”
In this portion of scripture there are two groups of people. There are the false teachers, and there are those believers who barley escape (v18).
These teachers are making false promises of freedom to these weak believers, they themselves being enslaved to unrighteousness (v19).
Verse 20 is talking about the weak believers who escaped defilement of the world through salvation, but have now returned back to it.
This state is worse than the first one because they put the Lord Jesus Christ to open shame, and there position in regards to there testimony was better before than after there salvation (v21).
Verse 22 is not talking about losing salvation, but is a description of what will happen when the old sinful nature takes control and is reigning in the believers life.
The remedy for them is to confess their sins (1 John 1:9), and return back to fellowship with God through the continuous filling of the Holy Spirit Ephesians 5:15-18.
15 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,
16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil.
17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit.
Many ask “what is God’s will for my life?” Verse 17 gives the answer. We are not to be foolish, but instead we are to fulfill God’s will by being consistently filled with the Holy Spirit. We are to stay sober and fix our mind on the things above.
Colossians 3:1-2 says:
1 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
Posted by Akinyemi Michael