Whatever Overcomes you, Enslaves You – 2 Peter 2-3

Peter warns again of false prophets in chapter 2, noting that their appearance among them is assured. And in verse 18, he begins a long train of thought on those who use the enticement of sensual passions:

They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.

English: End of the Second Epistle of Peter an...

English: End of the Second Epistle of Peter and beginning of the First Epistle of John in the same column of the codex. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In verse 21, Peter gives us a dire warning: “For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them.” It is certainly not possible for someone who has “fallen away” to come back to the Lord, but it is very difficult, as Hebrews 6:4 says: “they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.

Peter closes the send epistle with caution about the scoffers that will come. they become smug in their denial of the Lord’s coming as more and more time passes by. Time does not matter so much in the Lord’s scheme, as he is “not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

/Bob’s boy

Bible Reading Schedule for this month
Click links below to read or listen to audio of one of this week’s chapters in Colossians and Luke

1 Peter 4, 1 Peter 5, 2 Peter 1, 2 Peter 2, 2 Peter 3

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