David H. Wheaton, New Bible Commentary, Revised (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. It was an "ad hominem" use of the expression here. As Caffin said, "This verse implies that these unhappy men once had the full knowledge of Christ. and neither is this to deny that other manifestations and fulfillments of this prophecy have appeared at other times previously. Though the way of error is a hurtful way, many are always ready to walk therein. " For a fuller list of New Testament prophecies related to the great apostasy see my Commentary on 1,2Thessalonians, 1,2Timothy, Titus and Philemon, pp. It is important that Peter accepted this event as historical; and Christians today should do likewise. " A rather full description of the apostate teachers which will appear in the church is included in this and the following verses to the end of the chapter. " Russell has the following: We do not despise such views as these, for there is certainly a measure of truth in them. So the warning of these verses for us is not only to be on guard against erroneous theology, but also against any teaching that encourages us to tolerate sin. The link is not between Peter and Enoch, but between Peter and Christ. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1968), p. 93. These are metaphors of the utter emptiness and disappointment that always come of accepting the teaching of apostates. Satan and his angels resented a plan that would command them to serve lesser beings. If you try to talk with him about what it really means to follow Christ, he is likely to say, “Been there, done that. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. The most distressing aspect of the work of false teachers is not that they are among you (2 Peter 2:1). B. Phillips, The New Testament in Modern English (London: Geoffrey Bles, 1960), in loco. " Should not this have been expected of a fisherman? When Peter calls him “mad,” he doesn’t mean that he was literally insane. F40 There is absolutely nothing of Enoch here. False teachers always have been and always will be among Christians. The origin of the second half of this verse is not known; but it is exactly the same kind of stark, realistic, down-to-earth saying as the other half, both expressions being exactly the type of homely wisdom that would have been familiar to a man like Peter. They walk after the flesh, they go on in sinful courses, and increase to greater degrees of impurity and wickedness. Jesus himself had flatly predicted the same thing Peter prophesied here (Matthew 7:15-23). 1983-1999. Jesus himself had flatly predicted the same thing Peter prophesied here (Matthew 7:15-23). Daring ... "This is a shameless and irreverent daring." This, although a permissible translation, is inferior to the KJV, which has "cursed children." Despite what is said in the second paragraph above, scholars like Russell and Caffin are sure that the wicked are under punishment at the present time. ... Scripture 2 Peter 2 Sort Bible Verse. But it also applies to those who fall for their deceptive teaching. It is a loudmouthed, blasphemous declamation against all that is high, honorable, or holy. Sometimes they sin big time. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. "Commentary on 2 Peter 2:4". If creatures sin, even in heaven, they must suffer in hell. These people had been exposed to a lot of truth, but they turned their backs on it to pursue their own sinful lusts. If the sin be universal, the punishment shall likewise extend to all. "The metaphor is from fishing, and recurs again in 2 Pet. Is it being judgmental to condemn false teachers? They knew the way of righteousness.