I received this in my e-mail: "De t’ings dat yo’ li’bleTo read in de Bible—It ain’t necessarily so." Ira Gershwin This was left on my site on the first day I started doing my study here. I accidently deleted it and the system had already noted it as moderated. I don't happen to agree with Mr. Gershwin but I still like the music.
This is an observation of 2 Peter 1:12-2:22 I put key words and phrases in Bold to stand out.
12 Therefore (this word tells us why he is saying what he is saying) I shall always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in the truth which is present with you.
13 And I consider it right, as long as I am in this earthly dwelling, to stir you up by way of reminder,
14 knowing that the laying aside of my earthly dwelling is immenent, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me.
15 And I will also be diligent that at any time after my departure you may be able to call these things to mind.
16 For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His Majesty.
17 For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, such an utterance as this was made to Him by the Majestic Glory, "This is My Beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased"--
18 And we ourselves heard this utterance made from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.
19 And so we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shing in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
20 But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation,
21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will but men moved bythe Holy Spirit spoke from God.
2 Peter 2:1 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 And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned.
3 and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.
4For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment;
5 and did not spare the ancient world but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly ;
6 and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly thereafter;
7 and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men,
8(for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day with their lawless deeds).
9 then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment.
10and especially those who indulgethe flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority. Daring, self -willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties.
11 Whereas, angels who are greater in might and power do not bring a reviling judgment against them before the Lord.
12But these like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed,
13 suffering wrong, as the wages of doing wrong. They count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are stains and blemishes releling in their deceptions, as they carouse with you,
14 having eyes full of adultry and that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed children;
15 forsaking the right way, they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness,
16 but he received a rebuke for his own transgression; for a dumb donkey, speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the maddness of the prophet.
17 These are springs without water, and mists driven by a storm, for whom the black darkness has been reserved.
18 For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desire, 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 they have escaped the defilements 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 commandments delivered to them.
22 It has happened to them according to the true proverb, "A dog returns to it's own vomit," and "A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire."
We have read the instructions and warnings and we know the truth. Blessed are we who choose to hear and obey . <><