Main point summary
Note and avoid false teachers for the time being, till God will crush Satan. Greetings from my team of Gospel workers. All glory to the everlasting and wise God forever.
Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses , contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.
For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ,
but their own belly,
and by smooth words
and flattering speech
deceive the hearts of the simple.
For your obedience has become known to all.
Therefore I am glad on your behalf;
but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil.
And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
Timothy, my fellow worker, and Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my countrymen, greet you.
I, Tertius, who wrote this epistle, greet you in the Lord.
Gaius, my host and the host of the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the treasurer of the city, greets you, and Quartus, a brother.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Now to Him who is able to establish you
according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ,
according to the revelation of the mystery
since the world began
but now made manifest,
and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations,
according to the commandment of the everlasting God,
for obedience to the faith—
to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.
Your obedience is known. Continue in obedience and watch out for the deceivers.
Vs. 17-20 False Teachers Peter describes the people who cause divisions and offenses to a greater extent in 2 Peter 2. These people claim to be Christians and are received in local gatherings. Their motivation is their own advancement at the cost of undiscerning people. They are the responsible that the name of our Lord Jesus is dragged into the dirt. They are not motivated by the beauty and glory of God which motivates a true follower to serve our Lord Jesus Christ. So they usually aim at money, power, and reputation and often succeed because of their high intelligence and charisma. Someone who serves the Lord Jesus Christ is not afraid of money, power, and reputation, but is also not controlled by those things. Be careful if someone on TV claims to be a follower of Jesus Christ and asks for your money to upgrade to a new 50 million dollar airplane! Politicians can claim to be Christians as a drawing card to get elected in countries where there is still a sympathy toward Christians. The main actor is Satan behind those people that cause divisions and offenses. Soon will God deal with Satan and establish His peace to His people for all eternity. Vs. 21-24 Teamwork Paul worked as part of a team. Tertius pent the words Paul spoke by the Holy Spirit, and Gaius was the host not only of Paul but the whole local church. Paul did not seek to be a loner in the work of the Good News of Christ, but as time went on and persecution increased, more and more fellow workers left him except a few faithful that were willing to also die for the cause of Christ. Vs. 25-27 Benediction Paul says "establish" because God has done it already positionally for us in Christ and it takes a tremendous amount of God's grace and obedience on our part to practically manifest the truth of the Gospel in our lives. False teachers do not regard that their time is short and their pleasures short-lived, but God had no beginning nor will He have an end because He is everlasting. They think themselves to be wise in their cunning schemes, but when it comes to wisdom, then there is non who even comes close to the wisdom of God. He is God who alone is wise and rightly deserves all glory through Jesus Christ forever.