70 myths on losing salvation (49 & 50): Turn from the commandments of Jesus like a dog to its own vomit.

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For those of you who are new, these series of articles are dedicated to refuting the teaching that a believer can lose its salvation. I am using a reference of 70 ways a believer can fall away from a blogger who name himself smashing idols.

(His full article is here: http://smashingidols7.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/70-ways-a-believer-can-fall-away/

Also you can follow the refutes of his 70 ways here by just click to this link:https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/tag/70-ways-to-lose-your-salvation/)

Here is myth 49 and 50

Myth 49. Turn from the holy commandments of Jesus Christ 2Pet 2:21

Myth 50. become as a dog who is turned to his own vomit again; and as a sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.  2Pet 2:22

What is this verse about? Does it mean the minute you turn away you will fall away? Where is then the efficacy of the finished work of the Lord? Have you ever wondered “what was the thing that made him a human being in the first place?” Why go through all that in order to smite you to hell again the minute you fail to adhere to the “commandments of Jesus”?

Dear friends,

Before I address the issue of the “commandments of Jesus”, let me break the passage down for you.

2 Peter 2:21-22

King James Version (KJV)

21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire

Well let’s find out what this mean. Again context!

19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.”

Ok. Let’s ask a few questions.

Here is the first question, How many holy commandments?

Here are all the different version of that verse:

New International Version (©1984)
It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them.

New Living Translation (©2007)
It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life.

English Standard Version (©2001)
For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them.

New American Standard Bible (©1995)
For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them.

King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

International Standard Version (©2008)
It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than to know it and turn their backs on the holy commandment that was committed to them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
For it were better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than that when they knew, they would turn away afterward from the holy decree that was delivered to them.

King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

How many? One. One holy commandment.

Second question: What kind of righteousness are we talking about? Faith righteousness or works righteousness? One is by grace, the other by following the Law.

What do you think?

Look at verse 7

And He rescued righteous Lot, greatly worn out and distressed by the wanton ways of the ungodly and lawless—“

Well here is another question: How did Lot become “righteous”? What Lot righteous? Yup, that’s what Peter said. He is.

Now its says there “ungodly and lawless”. There there. Lot is righteous by the LAW!!! Hold your horses when was the Law given before or after Lot? The Law was given on Sinai after Lot’s death. 400 years later!

So how did Lot became righteous if there is no Law to obey?

Because of his uncle. Abraham. Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness. So there it is. Faith righteousness.

As such what is Peter referring to? And who are these “they”?

These they are false prophets and they promise liberty. See:

“But also [in those days] there arose false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among yourselves, who will subtly and stealthily introduce heretical doctrines (destructive heresies), even denying and disowning the Master Who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.”

Note they deny Jesus. How do they deny Jesus?

See “19 They promise them liberty, when they themselves are the slaves of depravity and defilement—for by whatever anyone is made inferior or worse or is overcome, to that [person or thing] he is enslaved.”

So they have a message of liberty but in reality they are slaves to depravity and defilement. Yet how did they lose it? How they deny Christ?

When you read the NIV it seems to suggest that these people once knew Jesus and the faith righteousness and then they fell away. Read the Amplified Bible.

21 For never to have obtained a [full, personal] knowledge of the way of righteousness would have been better for them than, having obtained [such knowledge], to turn back from the holy commandment which was [verbally] delivered to them.”

See they know a bit but did not know in full nor did they personally know. In other words these are people who look like Christians but they are not because they have “never” obtained a full and personal knowledge of what faith righteousness it.

A dog going back to its vomit here is addressing to a man who repeats his folly.  See a full note here: https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/70-myths-of-losing-salvation-27-and-28-forsaking-the-right-way-and-loving-the-wages-of-unrighteousness-2-peter-21415/

So what in the world is Peter talking about. Peter is referring to Jews who had received Jesus only in form but not in a full and personal way and are now turning back to Judaism and are teaching people in church to do so. Dear friends, what is this holy commandment they are turning away from?

It’s this:

“2 Peter 1

Amplified Bible (AMP)

Simon Peter, a servant and apostle (special messenger) of Jesus Christ, to those who have received (obtained an equal privilege of) like precious faith with ourselves in and through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ”

See also:

“Acts 2

36 Therefore let the whole house of Israel recognize beyond all doubt and acknowledge assuredly that God has made Him both Lord and Christ (the Messiah)—this Jesus Whom you crucified.

37 Now when they heard this they were stung (cut) to the heart, and they said to Peter and the rest of the apostles (special messengers), Brethren, what shall we do?

38 And Peter answered them, Repent (change your views and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it) and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of and release from your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

John summarizes it this way:

“1 John 3:23

Amplified Bible (AMP)

23 And this is His order (His command, His injunction): that we should believe in (put our faith and trust in and adhere to and rely on) the name of His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah), and that we should love one another, just as He has commanded us.”

One commandment. “Believe Jesus to be your righteousness”. That is the one holy commandment.

Have you obeyed that commandment? Have you not believed Jesus died for your sins and conferred his righteousness to you?

Peace.

2 Comments

  1. Strong argument. Your usage of Scripture looks strong and clear.

    So do you believe someone can intentionally leave the faith?

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