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After spending the opening portion of his letter to the churches encouraging them of their strength to live out the godly life, Peter turns his attention to those who are in the midst of trials and struggling with whether or not teachers are true or false. We are reminded we are not helpless. God is our Fortress and our ever-present Help in time need. He is our Protector and Rescuer, but we are held responsible for living out the knowledge we have in Christ. If we do not heed Peter’s words to walk out our faith, we are in danger of becoming like false teachers.
These people are springs without water, mists driven by a whirlwind. The gloom of darkness has been reserved for them. For by uttering boastful, empty words, they seduce, with fleshly desires and debauchery, people who have barely escaped from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption, since people are enslaved to whatever defeats them. For if, having escaped the world’s impurity through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entailed in these things and defeated, the last state is worse for them than the first. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy command delivered to them. It has happened to them according to the true proverb: A dog returns to its own vomit, and “a sow, after washing itself, wallows in the mud.” 2 Peter 2:17-22
May we take some time today to allow God to search our hearts and reveal anything that has us enslaved. Let us confess our fleshly desires and instead of returning to the vomit of sin in our lives, return to the spring of living water where our thirst is fully satisfied in Christ Jesus.