Bible Study from Calvary Chapel Newberg

with Tom Fuller

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Truth or Consequences

2Peter 2:4-22

Introduction\r
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I really like action/adventure stories. I like to see the hero struggle against impossible odds and triumph at the end. One of my favorite parts of these types of stories is towards the end ? when the evil antagonist raves that he will never be defeated and that the hero should just give up ? then shortly thereafter our hero transforms himself and the villain gets what he deserves.\r
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That?s the movies ? where after 90 minutes good triumphs and evil loses. Life, unfortunately, is not that simple. Often times it seems as if evil just keeps on being evil and nothing ever happens. \r
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But today we?re going to see that when it comes to false teachers, there is an end in sight ? a time when the hero ? God ? rushes onto the scene and dispatches the enemy with a quick blow. So we need not despair when cults and false teaching surround us and flourish ? their end is coming, and it?s a bad end.\r
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Where We?ve Been\r
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Here?s where we left off:\r
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2:1 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them-bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping. \r
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We talked about the fact that there will be false teachers ? spreading destructive doctrines that are contrary to the historical truth in the Bible. These are by definition also false believers ? but they are in the church.\r
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We talked about how to spot them ? especially how they treat the person of Jesus Christ ? that often it is secretive ? involves greed ? in fact we?re going to talk more about that aspect today ? greed or sin ? and also often involves inviting you into an exclusive club, where the rest of the church has gone bad and ?we?re the only ones with the new revelation of what God is doing.?\r
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Today we?re going to talk about the end game for these false teachers. And as we do we need to remember these points:\r
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? God gives us a lot of grace when we make mistakes\r
? We need to give that grace to each other\r
? But God pours out His wrath on those who purposely twist His Word in order to draw people away from faith.\r
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Vs 4 ? 10 The Commonalities of False Teachers\r
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4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment; 5 if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; 6 if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 7 and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men 8(for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)- 9 if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment. 10 This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority.\r
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3 Commonalities\r
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? Warning of sin\r
? Waiting period for Judgment\r
? Withdrawal of the innocent\r
? Withering application of wrath\r
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Vs 10b ? 12 The Characteristics of False Teachers\r
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10b Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings; 11 yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not bring slanderous accusations against such beings in the presence of the Lord. 12 But these men blaspheme in matters they do not understand. \r
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? How were they ?blaspheming?? We don?t know\r
? There is a spirit world where angels do God?s bidding\r
? There are two kinds of angels ? good and evil\r
? These men took an unwarranted attitude towards evil angels ? demons\r
? There is a danger when we put too much focus on demons, or not enough\r
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12b They are like brute beasts, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like beasts they too will perish.\r
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? Peter is painting a picture for us\r
? Wild beasts\r
? Function by instinct rather than intellect\r
? Unpredictable\r
? Will attack if cornered\r
? Brain functions only to fulfill selfish desires\r
? Very dangerous ? cannot be tamed or handled\r
? Perish, (KJV) Destroyed ? word used 4 x?s in 2 Peter ? corruption, decay ? natural results of sin\r
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Vs 13a The End for False Teachers\r
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13 They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. \r
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? Judgment is coming ? it may not be when we want it, but it is coming\r
? Don?t count God?s slowness as approval ? more on that later\r
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Vs 13b ? 22 The Way of the False Teacher\r
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13b Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you. 14 With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed-an accursed brood! 15 They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Beor, who loved the wages of wickedness. 16 But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey-a beast without speech-who spoke with a man's voice and restrained the prophet's madness. \r
17 These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. 18 For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. 19 They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity-for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. 20 If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. 21 It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. 22 Of them the proverbs are true: "A dog returns to its vomit," and, "A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud." \r
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Some more characteristics of false teachers.\r
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? Peter does not mince words because God hates false teaching\r
? Arrogance (carouse in broad daylight)\r
? Stubbornness (never stop sinning)\r
? Go after new believers\r
? Professional greed (experts in greed)\r
? Selfish (Balaam)\r
? Promise much, deliver nothing (springs without water, mists without rain)\r
? They appeal to a common base to draw the uninformed or newly escaped\r
? Promise freedom, deliver slavery (many cults are like this)\r
? They know about Jesus but have not made Him Lord.\r
? They are true to their true nature ? a dog is a dog and a pig is a pig\r
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The Conclusions About False Teachers\r
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? Their end will be terrible and swift (2:1d)\r
? They will be caught (2:12c)\r
? They will be destroyed (2:3b)\r
? They will reap what they have sowed (2:13a)\r
? They will be consigned to black darkness (2:17)\r
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Why We Need This Information\r
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? Reality check ? they are out there ? we cannot deny it\r
? Behavioral warning ? we must make sure not to fall into the same pit\r
? Avoidance - we must avoid listening to or following them\r
? Hope ? that truth will triumph\r
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2 Peter 3 \r
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Have a Right Mind\r
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3:1 Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2 I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles. \r
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? Wholesome thinking ? that?s the opposite of what false prophets want.\r
? We can use our minds to judge doctrine and teaching\r
? ?wholesome? means: judged by sunlight. We need to hold all truth to God?s truth. Just because someone says its true doesn?t make it true.\r
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Have a Right Perspective\r
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3 First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. \r
8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. \r
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? (vs 3) ?Scoffers? comes from a Greek compound of ?to play to jest? and ?at?. It is the same word used when the soldiers mocked Christ on the cross and denotes a disbelief in the person or power of the Lord.\r
? (vs 4) Just because something hasn?t happened doesn?t mean its not going to\r
? (vs 5) They ?deliberately? forget. Just like others deny that there is a creator, and that there is a God-shaped hole in everyone?s heart ? they deny what they know deep down to cover their guilt and need ? but God can uncover it.\r
? God knows the things we ?cover up? so just admit them to Him and let His ?sunlight? pierce your heart.\r
? (vs 8) For you a trial might seem like a thousand years ? but to the Lord only a day has passed ? it means we need to adjust our perspective to His time frame ? and that also means that even though things seem to be happening really fast ? God?s got a thousand years to work it all out. \r
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Live a Right Life\r
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10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. \r
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? It will be unexpected\r
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The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. \r
11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? \r
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? Can you survive the fire ? what in your life will get burned up? We should strive so that all that we are makes it and the only way to do that is to be transformed into Christ?s image.\r
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You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. \r
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? How do we ?speed? the Lord?s coming? ? the word means ?to urge on? ? are you urging on and eagerly awaiting the coming of the Lord ? or are there things you are doing that you would rather He wait so He wouldn?t see?\r
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That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. \r
14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. \r
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? If you have been washed in Christ, then you need not fear the fire ? instead look forward to reward, rest, and renewal ? not judgment.\r
? Spotless means no internal sin (how you look at yourself)\r
? Blameless means no external sin (how others look at you)\r
? At peace means your relationship is sound (how the Lord looks at you)\r
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15 Bear in mind that our Lord's patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. \r
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? Peter elevates Paul?s writings to the level of Scripture\r
? He might be taking a somewhat sideways slight at Paul ? but even though some of what Paul says might be hard to understand it is true and only the ignorant and unstable seek to distort it.\r
? False teachers love to distort Paul ? but it is to their own destruction\r
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17 Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. \r
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? Peter?s conclusion ? you already know these things SO BE ON GUARD\r
? On guard not in the sense of protection from ? but observant of what?s going on around you. The trap of false teaching is one we walk into if we are not aware\r
? Grow ? grow up (mature), Increase (more power), enlarge (more territory)

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