17 September, 2018

II Peter 2:1—“… false prophets … denying the Lord that bought them …”

But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction (II Pet. 2:1).

This passage sometimes has been appealed to as proof for the false teaching of a death of Christ for all men—“for look,” it is proposed, “doesn’t the text clearly speak of individuals that perished who were ‘bought’ by the Lord?”


Ronald Hanko & Ronald Cammenga

With respect to 2 Peter 2:1, it must be remembered, first of all, that the passage cannot mean that these people were actually purchased by Christ with His own blood. If that were the case, they would belong to Christ and belong to Him forever, for as Jesus says in John 10:28, “I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” Keeping that in mind, there are several possible ways to interpret 2 Peter 2:1. The first would simply make the words “the Lord that bought them” a reference to the truth of blood atonement as taught by and believed in the church, leaving the reference of the pronoun “them” general and not a reference to these false prophets. These false prophets deny the confession of the church, “the Lord bought us.” The other interpretation is very similar and would make the word “them” refer back to “people” instead of making it refer to the false teachers. Those who are bought by the blood of Christ, then, are the people of God in the past and also in the present (those to whom Peter is writing).



More to come! (DV)


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