This Week: 2 Peter 2:9-22
- Verse 9 reminds us that Godly living is not an “option” for believers if we want to be rescued in trials. What trials might we think God would want to rescue us from, and how likely are you to look to him to be rescued when those trials come?
- It does seem to suggest that the punishment of the unrighteous is being saved for the Day of Judgment. Paul specifically tags on a few ways people can be unrighteous in the first sentence of verse 10. What reasons would these be ‘especially true”?
- What is the difference between “celestial beings” and “angels”? One commentary suggested that “celestial beings” could be referencing fallen angels, or demons, like those mentioned in Matt 8:28-34. Have you ever dealt with celestial beings or witnessed anyone else dealing with them? How does Jesus, in Matthew 8, treat these “beings” and how might individuals today be dealing with them in ways they “heap abuse” on them? (see vs 12)
- It is possible that people today speak boldly of topics they don’t fully understand and therefore blaspheme the truth. What topics about God (His character, plans, teachings) would you say might be significant enough to put you in a position of blaspheme if you were presenting them incorrectly? How do you balance the strength of standing behind your interpretation and the need to keep yourself from being arrogant?
- Who remembers the story of the man mentioned in vs 15? (Please share).
- Verse 17 to the end of the chapter starts narrowing down the description of some who are in trouble with the gospel. Can you think of how this applies to leaders/Christians today?
- Promise Freedom- are themselves slaves of depravity
- Have escaped the world, but are again entangled in it
- Are worse off in the end of their faith journey than when they began
7. Does verse’s 21-22 open up the possibility of knowing Jesus and losing that relationship? Or is this speaking of something besides a “saving” knowledge of Jesus?
12 But these people blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like unreasoning animals, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like animals they too will perish.
13 They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. 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 Bezer, who loved the wages of wickedness. 16 But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey—an animal without speech—who spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.
17 These people 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 the flesh, 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 “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” 20 If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowingour Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are 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 returns to her wallowing in the mud.”