2nd Peter 2:12-16
Shawn suggests these false teachers once believed the true living gospel; discussions on belief and the Holy Ghost followed. Also Shawn notes the false teachers were like brute beasts living for the moment; they will reap, ‘the rewards of unrighteousness’ due to their lifestyle, which we gain further knowledge from the Greek.
Balaam, the son of Boser (Number 22, 23) was explored partially – more on this next week – and the sect calling themselves, ‘Nicolaitans.’
2 Peter 2:12-16 (ESV)
But these, like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed, blaspheming about matters of which they are ignorant, will also be destroyed in their destruction, suffering wrong as the wage for their wrongdoing. They count it pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, while they feast with you. They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children! 15 Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing, but was rebuked for his own transgression; a speechless donkey spoke with human voice and restrained the prophet's madness.