Wednesday, May 11, 2016

2 Peter, Day 2 Readings

God's Punishment for False Teachers   

Today's reading continues the exploration of 2 Peter about good teaching by focusing on the opposite of good teaching -- false teaching.  Just as there are people devoting themselves to spreading the gospel of Christ, there are others who are misrepresenting that gospel, mostly seeking their own fame and fortune.

Rather than simply identify such teaching, Peter says that these false prophets and teachers will be punished -- some even before the judgment at the Day of the Lord.  The letter compares this punishment with other divine punishments known through the Bible and Jewish tradition, including the expulsion of angels from heaven, the death of most living beings through the great flood, and the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Christians must avoid these teachers; how sad it would be for someone to become excited by the promise of righteousness and salvation through Jesus and then turn away from that promise.

Read 2 Peter 2:1-22  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety

If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read 2 Peter 2 today.