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personal notes from 2 Peter, part 10…

 Well, that’s as far as my personal notes go! Friday’s post was it. The Ladies Bible study took priority in my study life and overlapped into my “personal notes” life. But, I was sitting here reading 2 Peter, chapter 2 and concluded that personal notes were not necessary. Peter is black and white writing. No gray areas. Which reminds me of one of the worst ways to so-call study is to attempt to make up what one thinks is what the author really means.

When Peter says that :

  • God did not spare the angels that sinned from chains in Tartarus – pits in darkness.
  • God did not spare the ancient world, preserving only 8 souls.
  • God condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction, reducing them to ashes – having made them an example to those who would live ungodly thereafter!

Then, God means what He says! We would do well to study these examples so that we do not find ourselves “destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

Also, verse 9 would then become very meaningful when we read that the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptations (trials of their faith). But, this verse goes on to say: “AND to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority (government).”

The examples in the aforementioned verses are serious warnings to “those who have obtained like faith as Peter’s” because that is to whom he is writing. Please keep that in mind. These warnings are not to what you think of as “the lost.!”

So, here’s verses 4-10 for you:

2Pe 2:4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment;

2Pe 2:5 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;

2Pe 2:6 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;

2Pe 2:7 ¶ and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men

2Pe 2:8 (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),

2Pe 2:9 then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment,

2Pe 2:10 ¶ and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority. Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties,

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October 18, 2010 - Posted by | 2 Peter notes, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately

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