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False Prophets And Divine Judgment (4 of 7)
THE BOOK OF II PETER
II Peter 2:1-9
May 16, 2007
INTRODUCTION: Last week our message was entitled, "A More Sure Word of Prophecy." Peter wrote to reassure the believers in their faith. There were those who had attacked the credibility of the apostles' story concerning the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Peter wanted them to know that their faith in Christ was secure and that they could trust the testimony and the word of the apostles; but more important than their words was the Word of God--"A More Sure Word of Prophecy."
Yes, the apostles had been eye witnesses to the resurrection; and yes, Peter, James and John had seen the Glorified Christ (vs. 18); but in (vv. 19-21) he goes on to say, We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
I'm glad tonight that what I hold in my hand is a "more sure Word of prophecy!" It is God's very Word, not the word of men. My salvation, my future, my comfort, my hope in Christ--all if it is anchored in this blessed Book. Psalm 119:160 declares: Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
Now this evening, we move into chapter 2, beginning with Peter's warning and discussion concerning false prophets. There are two things:
I. False Prophets
II. Divine Judgment
I. FALSE PROPHETS (VV. 1-3)
The devil is the master of deceit. His enemy is God--he hates Him with an evil passion, and he will do all he can to keep people from coming to know God. He knows that Jesus is the Victor. Satan was defeated at the cross! ...
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