Scripture Reading: Genesis 17:1-22
Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.14 And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.15 Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me.16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
Because of his bodily frailty, they could have rejected his message as well.
Receive as angel as Christ—with honor and veneration. Enemy—object of hatred. From plucking out their eyes for him to treating him like an enemy.
My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,
20 I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?
Travail in birth—birth pains, as a mother loves her kid even though they view him as an enemy now. Again—did it once at their conversion, pulling them back now.
Christ formed in you—the whole point. Shows a process. Not automatic.
Stand in doubt—perplexed, puzzled how to deal with them. Should he be gentle or severe?
Not hear the law—law sends you away from itself to Christ, condemns and kills and sends you elsewhere for life. Hear—give attention to, heed.
Rest of 4—Isaac was child of promise; Ishmael was child of bondwoman.
Children of promise are free; children of human effort/plans/thinking are in bondage.
So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
To be related to Isaac is freedom, dependence on God by faith in His promises. A child of Ishmael is after fleshly means, external, no need for Christ, only bondage, death, no inheritance or promises.
Liberty—freedom from external law, physical means of salvation.
Entangled—ensnared. Yoke—servitude, weight, obligation.
2 Peter 2:17-19—speaking about false teachers
These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.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.
Great swelling words—high sounding verbosity without substance. Exaggeration, boasting. Allure—beguile. Wantonness—unbridled lust, excess. They use this to trap people. This is the bait.
Liberty—from restraints and scruples. Free from righteousness to serve sin.
2 Peter 2:20-22
For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world [kosmos] through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior 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.
The teachers return to their vomitous mud and drag others with them. Twice the children of hell. More punishment based on what knowledge you refused and rejected.