Escaping the corruption of the world. 


2 Peter 2:20-21

If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. 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.

I have seen so many people use this passage to teach believers that they lose their salvation should they remain “worldly” in their behaviour. 

What is “corruption of the world”?

When you read the term “corruption of this world” in 2 Peter 2:20, it doesn’t mean the world we live in. It means the fading away of the Law. 

Hebrews 8:13
By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.

This “corruption” reached its consummation in AD70 when the Jews’ heaven and earth (the Temple) was destroyed. 

You are not partakers of that “corrupted” world. You are partakers of the divine nature. 

2 Peter 1:4

Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
You have already escaped that “corruption”. 

Now that is the background of what is being said. 

Dear friends, 

This passage is about the Jews who became believers and then returned to Judaism within the period between AD33 to AD70. 

It has nothing to do with us. For those of you who are familiar to the events which transpired in AD70, you would note that many Jews became believers through the preaching of Peter. 

These Jews who were familiar with the warning Jesus gave in Matthew 24 left Jerusalem. Sadly those who returned to Judaism because of the persecution by the Jews stayed behind. 

This is because the Temple in Jerusalem was crucial to their faith, they remained in Jerusalem. 
Titus then laid siege in Jerusalem and thereafter massacre the people in Jerusalem. Jerusalem was set of fire and many Jews perished in that holocaust. 

In that incident, not one Christian was killed. Those Jews who believed Jesus all left before the siege took place. 

May I encourage you to know the historical background of every book in the Bible. You will be surprised to find a God who is interested in saving his people rather than killing his people.

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31 Comments Add yours

  1. Did you make a page a page about fighting addictions or anything, because I’m really struggling with pornography and masturbation. I just fell into it about 15 minutes ago. I really want to stop this but for a lot of the time it’s hard for me to resist!

  2. Simon do you have a page about struggling with sin?

    1. Simon Yap says:

      Dear Mitchell. There is a plus button on the menu page. Press it. Then you will see a search box. Type the subject matter you are looking for in it. The articles will show up.

  3. Simon, you know in Galatians 1:8 at the end it says “let him be accursed” why is it other translations say “let him be eternally condemned or condemned to hell”? I know we don’t lose our salvation but how this be explained to people who believe we can?

    1. Simon Yap says:

      This is in reference to the angels. Not you. This “gospel” is actually the Law of Moses. If you read in chapter 3 or 4 you will note the Law came from the angels.

  4. Ok but it did also say “If WE or an angel from heaven preach another gospel, let him be accursed”?

    1. Simon Yap says:

      It’s rhetorical. In chapter 1 he is speaking about his gospel and the gospel of the angels.

      In any event, this could also mean the Pharisees since “Angel” could mean messenger. The “hell” there means AD70.

  5. So it doesn’t mean the eternal hell where the “rich man” is.

    1. Simon Yap says:

      Bro. The rich man and Lazarus is a parable. It’s not real.

  6. Don’t the scriptures say there is a real hell in the afterlife? I’m confused by what you’re saying.

    1. Simon Yap says:

      The hell Jesus spoke about always refer to the end of the age. It is a reference to the end of the mosaic age which ended with the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple. Nothing to do with the afterlife.

  7. So if there’s no eternal torment than what is there for unsaved people?

    1. Simon Yap says:

      What I am about to tell you is pretty subjective. What this means is this. These are my views from my understanding and reading from my bible and research, so you may not agree with me.

      Now that the caveat is stated, this is my personal view.

      There are no unsaved people after Ad70. Jesus already took the sins of the world on the cross. Humanity was born again after the resurrection.

  8. I never said I didn’t agree with you. It’s just that it’s so confusing because hell is depicted as afterlife by most preachers. I mean what was the jailor asking to be saved from when he asked Paul and Silas? They weren’t even in Jerusalem. I mean if the Bible didn’t imply that hell was in the afterlife, I’d believe it, because I don’t want to follow other preachers blindly without any research. I’m all about the Word. But isn’t revelation also written to seven other nations? Because if the rapture only took place in Jerusalem, then why would it be warning Ephesus, Philadelphia, Smyrna, Pergamum, Sardis, Thyatira, Laedicea? Just trying to make sure were not taking anything away from Scripture.

    1. Simon Yap says:

      There is no such thing as rapture.

  9. What do you mean? What does the Bible mean by it then?

    1. Simon Yap says:

      I have already written more than 50 articles on this topic. Please go through the blogs.

  10. I’m sorry if I have too many questions. I’m just out for truth and not myth.

    1. Simon Yap says:

      It has to be answered one at a time. Not all at the same time.

  11. What was the jailor asking to be saved from when he asked Paul and Silas, if it wasn’t the destruction of Jerusalem? They weren’t even in Jerusalem.

    1. Simon Yap says:

      Surely not something that would happen 2000 years later. Please do your own research on ad70.

  12. Surely it had to have meant eternal damnation right?

    1. Simon Yap says:

      When did Jesus take away your sins?

    1. Simon Yap says:

      Next question. When did Jesus took your flesh away?

  13. I you mean my sinful nature, it still lives in me. But I no longer live in sin.

    1. Simon Yap says:

      Colossians 2:11
      In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ,

      Your flesh was cut off from you on the cross.

      The word “sinful nature” is not in your bible. It only appears in the 1984 NIV bible. The 2011 version took it our and calls it the flesh. They realised they made a mistake.

      The Adamic nature in you was cut off from you at the cross. So after the cross you no longer have the flesh or the sinful nature.

      You were never born in sin. That applies to people born before Jesus’s resurrection.

  14. Then why do we still sin if we don’t have sinful nature?

    1. Simon Yap says:

      You sin because you have a choice. Adam sinned without a sinful nature.

  15. Is that what Paul meant in Romans 7?

    1. Simon Yap says:

      You are now longer living in the flesh. You used to. Note, it only applied at THAT time. You now live according to the Spirit.

      Romans 7:5
      For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death.

      You WERE. Past tense.

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