Finally, my Brethren, rejoice In The LORD. To write the same things is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you. Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision;... Philippians 3:1-2.
What and who are ' the dogs ', ' the evil workers ', ' the false circumcision '?
Like a dog that returns to its vomit Is a fool who repeats his folly. Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. Proverbs 26:11-12.
These are springs without water, and mists driven by a storm, for whom The Black Darkness has been Reserved. For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error, promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved. For if after they have escaped the defilements of the world by The Knowledge Of The LORD And SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would have been better for them not to have known The Way Of Righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from The Holy Commandment Delivered To them. It has happend to them according to the true proverb, "A dog returns to its own vomit," and, "A sow, after washing, to wallowing in the mire." 2 Peter 2:17-22.
This is speaking of those who have been Enlightened and have tasted of The Heavely Gift; The Knowledge Of The LORD And SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST, but are again entangled in the defilements of the flesh, the world ( v 20 ), by which they speak, act, and so live, contrary to The Way; contrary to CHRIST; speaking insolent empty words to others, to satisfy their own fleshly wantonness; speaking from themselves because they believe in and trust in themselves, because they desire for themselves, because they desire their own glory ( v18 ).
And in doing this, as the Apostle Peter writes In The SPIRIT in verse 21, "For it would have been better for them not to have known The Way Of Righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from The Holy Commandment Delivered To them."
Verse 19, "promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved. " To listen to a man, over listening to and believing in GOD is futility and its way is death. Because, as GOD HIMSELF Says, "It Is The SPIRIT WHO Gives Life; the flesh profits nothing; The Words that I Have Spoken To you Are Spirit And Are Life." John 6:63. And again, "Do not trust in princes, in mortal man, in whom there is no Salvation. His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; In that very day his thoughts perish..." Psalm 146:3-4. And again, Thus Says The LORD, "Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind And makes flesh his strength, And whose heart turns away from The LORD."For he will be like a bush in the desert And will not see when prosperity comes, But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness, A land of salt without inhabitant... Jeremiah 17:5-6. Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in Righteousness? Romans 6:16. For what The Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, GOD Did: Sending HIS Own SON in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, HE Condemned sin in the flesh, in order that The Requirement of The Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but According to The SPIRIT... Romans 8:3-4.
Man is not The Oracle. Man is not your MASTER. If you look to, believe in and allow man to provide for these things, then woe to you. ;...for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.
For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on The SPIRIT Is Life And Peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward GOD; for it does not subject itself to The Law Of GOD, for it is not even able to do so; and those who are in the flesh cannot please GOD... Romans 8:6-8.
We are Given The Holy Scriptures, and throughout The Old Testament also the examples of disobedience and its consequence as a warning to us, ...that we should not crave evil things, as they also craved. ( 1 Corinthians 10 ) v 6.
Therefore, my Beloved, flee from idolatry. 1 Corinthians 10:14.
Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. For it is on account of these things that The Wrath Of GOD Will Come Upon the sons of disobedience, Colossians 3:5-6.
Those who regard vain idols forsake their faithfulness,... Jonah 2:8.
And those who are with The LORD are The Called and Chosen and faithful ( Revelation 17:14 ).
"The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it? "I, The LORD, Search the heart, I Test the mind, Even To Give To each man according to his ways, According to the result of his deeds. "As a partridge that hatches eggs which it has not laid, is he who makes a fortune, but unjustly; In the midst of his days it will forsake him, And in The End he will be a fool." A Glorious Throne On High From The Beginning Is The Place Of our Sanctuary. O LORD, The Hope Of Israel, All who forsake THEE Will Be Put To shame. Those who turn away on earth will Be Written Down, Because they have forsaken The Fountain Of Living Water, Even The LORD. Heal me, O LORD, and i Will Be Healed; Save me and i Will Be Saved, For THOU Art my Praise. Jeremiah 17:9-14.
The Apostle Paul knew and taught that the flesh holds nothing of GOD in itself whatsoever;
...For i know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the wishing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not... Romans 7:18.
This is for us to know also. It is a must that we realise it, that we know it, that we live in the knowledge of it. And it is only By Grace through faith that we may realise this, knowing to understand what means when GOD Speaks that HE Is Opposed to the proud, but Gives Grace to the humble ( 1 Peter 5 ), being subject to one another in the fear of CHRIST. Ephesians 5:21.
And the Apostle's teaching is what we all are to be devoted to ( Acts 2:42 ), only this is acceptable before GOD because this alone is The Teaching In Truth. Apostles Of CHRIST JESUS By The Will Of GOD, and not from men nor through the agency of man.
I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting HIM WHO Called you By The Grace Of CHRIST, for a different gospel; which is not another; only there are some who are disturbing you, and want to distort The Gospel Of CHRIST. But even though we, or an angel from Heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so i say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you Received, let him be accursed ( devoted to destruction ). For am i now seeking the favour of men, or of GOD? Or am i striving to please men? If i were still trying to please men ( Acts 8:1, Acts 22:1-24, Acts 26, 1 Timothy 1:13-16, Galatians 1:12-24 ), i would not be a bond-servant Of CHRIST. For i would have you know, Brethren, that The Gospel Which was preached by me is not according to man... Galatians 1:6-11.
Righteous Art THOU, O LORD, And Upright Are THY Judgements. THOU Hast Commanded THY Testimonies In Righteousness And Exceeding Faithfulness. My zeal has consumed me, Because my adversaries have forgotten THY Words. THY Word Is Very Pure, Therefore THY servant loves It. I am small and despised, yet i do not forget THY Precepts. THY Righteousness Is An Everlasting Righteousness, And THY Law Is Truth. Trouble and anguish have come upon me; yet THY Commandments are my delight. THY Testimonies Are Righteous Forever; Give me Understanding that i may Live. Psalm 119:137-144.
We are warned, many times throughout The Holy Scriptures, of being led astray, being led away from The Narrow Path to walk upon the broad way that leads to destruction, listening to false doctrine, doctrine that does not conform to godliness.
As Paul writes to Timothy,
...Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things; for as you do this you will insure Salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you. 1 Timothy 4:16.
If anyone advocates a different doctrine, and does not agree with Sound Words, Those Of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, and with The Doctrine Conforming To godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of The Truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain... 1 Timothy 6:3-5.
Beloved, while i was making every effort to write yo you about our Common Salvation ( The Only True 'Saving' ), i felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly ( by sincerity of intention ) for The faith ( The Persuasion of reliance upon CHRIST ) Which Was Once For All Delivered To the Saints ( Hebrews 10:10 ). For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this Condemnation, ungodly persons who turn The Grace Of our GOD into licentiousness and deny our only LORD And MASTER, JESUS CHRIST. Now i desire to remind you, though you know all things once for all, that The LORD, after Saving a people out of the land of Egypt, subsequently Destroyed those who did not believe... Jude :3-5.
Verse 4, those named as ungodly, being as opposite to godliness as darkness is to light, being the ones who turn The Grace Of our GOD into licentiousness, [ and Grace is; The Unmerited Favour Of GOD, the delay of the penalty of sin which is only and ultimately Cancelled by the life lived by faith in The SON Of GOD as truly means faith in The SON Of GOD, and is The Divine Assistance Given To man in the re-birth from the fleshly to Spiritual, The Condition, meaning, what is required for the conditioned response in all things, being of the Spiritual as opposed to responding in the manner according to the flesh, and thus, The Condition Of being Favoured, Protected, Strengthened, Established, and Sanctified By GOD. Mercy And Clemency. ] by disregarding this Grace in their unbelief of The Gospel as Truly means The Gospel Of GOD, by treating as unworthy of consideration and respect and giving lack of attention to It, by not living by It, but living, or rather, dying, apart from It, thus denying The LORD JESUS CHRIST WHO Is Blessed Forever, and The Only One all are to obey. This Is The FATHER'S Will.
Written in John chapter 17 is The Great Prayer that our LORD JESUS CHRIST Prayed, just before going over the ravine of the Kidron and into The Garden of Gethsemane, where HE Knew that HIS Time of betrayal was at hand.
In verse 3, The LORD our GOD Prayed, ..."And This Is Eternal Life, that they may know THEE, The Only True GOD, And JESUS CHRIST WHOM THOU Hast Sent..."
Eternal life is knowing The Only True GOD, And, JESUS CHRIST. This of course is not speaking of two different Beings, in that it does not in any way mean that The LORD JESUS CHRIST is not GOD HIMSELF. HE Is GOD The SON ( John 10:29-30 ). John 17:3 must never be construde to mean that The LORD JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF is separate to GOD. To believe and state this is heresy, denying The CREATOR HIMSELF. What Is Meant is, that Eternal Life is knowing The Only True GOD, and/in The Perfect Example, In WHOM GOD HIMSELF Came To Show To all In The Person MESSIAH JESUS ; WHO, Although HE Existed In The Form Of GOD, did not regard Equality With GOD A Thing to be grasped, but Empied HIMSELF, Taking The Form Of a bond-servant, being Made in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:6-7. The Way And The Truth And The Life.
And we can only know The Only True GOD And JESUS CHRIST WHOM HE Sent, By Grace through faith. The Working Of GOD The HOLY SPIRIT, that we are Strengthened in The faith, that we may obey GOD, that we can love with The Love Of GOD; that we are Conformed To The Image Of JESUS CHRIST ( Romans 8:29 ), imitators of CHRIST ( 1 Corinthians 11:1 ).
When The LORD Says, "He who has MY Commandments and keeps Them, he it is who loves ME; and he who loves ME Shall Be Loved By MY FATHER, And I Will Love HIM, And Disclose MYSELF To him." John 14:21, HE Is Saying that HE Will Manifest HIMSELF In that person. Thus that peson will know JESUS CHRIST.
...: the one who says he abides in HIM ought himself to walk in The Same Manner As HE Walked. 1 John 2:6.
..."And HE WHO Sent ME Is With ME; HE Has Not Left ME Alone, for I Always Do The Things That Are Pleasing To HIM." John 8:29.
...So speak and so act, as those who are to be Judged By The Law Of Liberty. For Judgement Will Be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgement. James 2:12-13.
For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving The Knowledge Of The Truth, there no longer remains A Sacrifice for sins, but A Certain Terrifying expectation of Judgement, And The Fury of a Fire which will Consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside The Law of Moses dies without Mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot The SON Of GOD, and has regarded as unclean The Blood Of The Covenant By Which he was Sanctified, and has insulted The SPIRIT Of Grace? For we know HIM WHO Said, "Vengeance Is MINE, I Will Repay." And again, "The LORD Will Judge HIS people." It is a Terrifying thing to fall into The Hands Of The Living GOD. Hebrews 10:26-31.
Just because one says 'I am a Christian,' does not mean in any way that they are walking in The Way Of The Truth That Leads To Life, WHO Is JESUS CHRIST. And whatever is contrary to CHRIST is contrary to GOD, and as HE, The LORD JESUS CHRIST Is The LORD our Righteousness, whatever is contrary to HIM is unrighteousness, and those who practice unrighteousness shall not Inherit The Kingdom Of GOD.
But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, By The SPIRIT, not by The Letter; and his praise is not from men, but From GOD. Romans 2:29.
It is only Sound Doctrine; The Gospel, Which Has Been Commanded In Righteousness And Exceeding Faithfulness; Being Ordained By GOD, and adherence to It ( obedience of faith ) that is True. And only The Truth Saves. No lie is of The Truth as no Truth is held within a lie.
..."And if anyone hears MY Sayings, and does not keep Them, I do not Judge him; for I did not Come to Judge but To Save the world. "He who rejects ME, and does not Receive MY Sayings, has ONE WHO Judges him; The Word I Spoke Is What Will Judge him At The Last Day. "For I did not Speak on MY Own Initiative, but The FATHER HIMSELF WHO Sent ME Has Given ME Commandment, What To Say, And What To Speak... John 12:47-49.
Those of who Peter writes of in 2 Peter 2 are those who have reverted back to self, to the flesh, having turned away from The Holy Commandment Delivered To them, as a dog returns to its vomit, and a sow after being cleansed to again wallowing in the filth of its flesh ( v 22 ). And in doing so will lead astray others who will listen to them.
At the beginning of 2 Peter 2 we are warned,
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying The MASTER WHO Bought them, bringing swift Destruction upon themselves. 2 Peter 2:1-2.
Are these not thieves and robbers? ( John 10 ).
They had been Bought With The Greatest Ransom, yet they taught contary to CHRIST;
"Be on guard for yourselves and for all The flock, among which The HOLY SPIRIT Has Made you overseers, to shepherd The Church Of GOD Which HE Purchased With HIS Own Blood. "I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing The flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the Disciples after them. "Therefore be on the alert,... Acts 20:28-31a.
Yes, thieves and robbers. Taking what is not their own anymore ( their own selves ), and not only this but in their corrupt desires forsaking the Right Way they attempt to entice others also.
Or do you not know that your body is a Temple Of The HOLY SPIRIT WHO Is in you, WHOM you have From GOD, and that you are not your own? For you have been Bought With A Price: therefore Glorify GOD in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.
And HE was Saying To them, "Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure It Shall Be Measured To you; and more shall be Given you besides. "For whoever has, To him shall be Given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be Taken Away from him." Mark 4:24-25.
For in the case of those who have once been Enlightened and have tasted of The Heavenly Gift and have been Made partakers of The HOLY SPIRIT, and have tasted The Good Word Of GOD and The Powers Ot The Age To Come, and have fallen away ( apostasy ), it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves The SON Of GOD, and put HIM to open shame. For ground that drinks the rain which often falls upon it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also Tilled, Receives a Blessing From GOD; but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed, and it ends up being burned. Hebrews 6:4-8.
Yet despite our waywardness,when we stumble, when we fall, when we go astray like a lost sheep, our unfaithfulness, there is Forgivness With GOD, through repentance.
For whoever is joined with the living, there is hope; surely a live dog is better than a dead lion. Ecclesiastess 9:4.
The sacrifices of GOD are a broken spirit; A broken and contrite heart, O GOD, THOU Wilt Not Despise. Psalm 51:17.
Have you known of those who will state, ' You cannot forfeit Salvation ', who then speak and act contrary to Scripture; contrary to CHRIST? And when they are shown that they are in error, will from an unrepentant heart, refute and even quote Scripture, either out of context or in ignorance to what Scripture actually Speaks, in order to re-establish that, ' You cannot forfeit Salvation '? You will know them by their fruits ( Matthew 7:13-27 ). Such a belief is not born from and does not instill a reverence of GOD. Where has this teaching come from? It is not from The ONE WHO Called you. "Sanctify them In The Truth; THY Word Is Truth." John 17:17.
"The fear of The LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way, And the perverted mouth I hate. Proverbs 8:13.
The fear of The LORD Is the beginning of Wisdom, And The Knowledge Of The HOLY ONE Is Understanding. Proverbs 9:10.
Pray, if perhaps GOD may Grant them repentance leading to The Knowledge Of The Truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will. 2 Timothy 2:25-26.
Brethren, even if a man is caught in any trespass, you who are Spiritual restore such a one in a Spirit of gentleness; looking to yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and thus fulfill The Law Of CHRIST. For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Galatians 6:1-3.
Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. For many walk, of whom i often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of The Cross Of CHRIST, whose end is Destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things. For our Citizenship Is In Heaven, From Which also we eagerly await A SAVIOUR, The LORD JESUS CHRIST; WHO Will Transform the body of our humble state into Conformity with The Body Of HIS Glory, By The Exertion Of The Power That HE Has even to Subject All Things To HIMSELF. Philippians 3:17-21.
...For after all It Is Just For GOD To Repay With Affliction those who afflict you, and relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when The LORD JESUS Shall Be Revealed From Heaven With HIS mighty angels In Flaming Fire, Dealing Out Retribution To those who do not know GOD and To those who do not obey The Gospel Of our LORD JESUS. And these will pay the penalty of Eternal Detruction, away from The Presence Of The LORD And from The Glory Of HIS Power ( Romans 6:23 ), When HE Comes To Be Glorified In HIS Saints On That Day, and to be marvelled at among all who have believed- for our testimony to you was believed. To this end also we pray for you always that our GOD may Count you worthy of your Calling, and Fulfill every desire for goodness and The Work Of faith With Power; in order that The Name Of our LORD JESUS may be Glorified in you, and you in HIM, According To The Grace Of our GOD And The LORD JESUS CHRIST. 2 Thessalonians 1:6-12.
Finally, my Brethren, rejoice In The LORD. To write the same things is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you. Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision; for we are The circumcision, who worship in The SPIRIT Of GOD and Glory In CHRIST JESUS and put no confidence in the flesh,... Philippians 3:1-3.