Rev. Jason Schockman, pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in West Salem, WI, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study 2 Peter 2:12-21.
St. Peter tells his readers the purpose of his second epistle. He intends to remind them of the truth of the Gospel that has been preached to them. To have the Word of God dwelling in our memories and ready on our lips is of the utmost importance for us as Christians in the midst of a multitude of false teachers. The Apostle knows that he will die soon and desires to remind his hearers of the truth he had been preaching all along: Christ will come again. This is the reality that Peter, along with James and John, witnessed ahead of time on the holy mountain of Jesus’ transfiguration. They saw Jesus’ glory with their own eyes and heard the Father’s voice with their own ears. Even more than that, the Lord left no room for doubt because all of this was confirmed by His sure Word written down by the prophets. This was not any man-made interpretation, but the very Word of God given by the Holy Spirit. By this Word, and by nothing else, God desires to be at work to give us salvation in Christ alone.
“The Imperishable Inheritance” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the epistles of 1 and 2 Peter and Jude. The life of the Christian Church right now is life in exile. We endure attacks from various trials and from false teachers. Such suffering makes us long for the eternal home that will be ours at the resurrection of the dead. In Jesus, we have this promise of eternal life that can never be snatched away. These three epistles strengthen us to hold fast to Christ in the midst of suffering and to give witness to the hope that is ours in Him.
Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God’s Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen.
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2 Peter 2:12-21
12 But these, like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed, blaspheming about matters of which they are ignorant, will also be destroyed in their destruction, 13 suffering wrong as the wage for their wrongdoing. They count it pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions,[a] while they feast with you. 14 They have eyes full of adultery,[b] insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children! 15 Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing, 16 but was rebuked for his own transgression; a speechless donkey spoke with human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.
17 These are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm. For them the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved. 18 For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error. 19 They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves[c] of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. 20 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. 21 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.
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