WARNING! You might bring upon yourself Swift Destruction!


(read also here for more on that possibility)

‘II Peter ii. 1: “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.” In the expression” the Lord that bought them, there is, by fair interpretation, undoubted reference to the Lord Jesus Christ. When the word ‘bought’ occurs elsewhere in the New Testament with reference to redemption, the allusion is to him. Thus, in I Cor. vi. 20: “For ye are bought with a price;” in I Cor. vii. 23: “Ye are bought with a price.” So the corresponding word purchase: (Acts xx. 28:) “Feed the Church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” So also the word redeem: I Peter i. 18, 19: “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, but with the precious blood of Christ.” Rev. v. 9: “Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood.” In the passage now under consideration, it is affirmed of the ‘teachers’ referred to, that, though they had been bought, they would deny the Lord who had made the purchase, and would bring ruin upon themselves. There could not be a more unequivocal declaration that some for whom Christ died would perish, and consequently that the atonement must have been made for some who would not be saved. The case is similar to the following. An American citizen is made a captive. The price that is demanded for his ransom is paid by the consul, and he is told that he may go at liberty and return to his native land. He refuses; disowns all allegiance to his country; scorns the interposition of the consul; enlists in the armies of the foreign power; makes war on his own country, and is ultimately slain in battle, and ‘brings upon himself swift destruction.’ So he who embraces error; he who denies his Saviour; he for whom Christ died. He rejects his claims and his offers; throws in his influence with the enemies of the Saviour; is found among those enemies, and perishes, bringing upon himself swift destruction, though Christ died for him, and though he might have been saved.’

Source: Albert Barnes, The Atonement (1860), Chapter 9: The Extent of The Atonement, III. The Testimony of The Bible in regard to The Extent of The Atonement, (4.), p. 354-355 (emphasis mine).


‘Clearly the most natural meaning is to see the language in the same contextual sense as his affirmation in the preceding epistle, namely that Christians are the ones “redeemed” or “bought” with the “precious blood” of Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19). As Professor Davids observed: “[T]hese people did belong to Christ and had been purchased by him and thus owed him obedience” (221).

Moreover, the denial was of their “Master,” which implies the Master-Servant relationship and clearly signifies that at one time they had submitted to Christ as their Lord. Thayer comments that the term “deny” (arneomai) is here “used of those who by cherishing and disseminating pernicious opinions and immorality are adjudged to have apostatized from God and Christ” (1958, 74; emphasis added).

Second, near the conclusion of chapter two, Peter described the false teachers as previously having: (a) escaped “the defilements of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”; (b) known “the way of righteousness; and, turned from the holy commandment delivered unto them (vv. 20-21).’


Apostate teachers are held accountable for the destruction of their victims and will reap the same consequence, “bringing upon themselves swift destruction.” The destruction will come swiftly, likely as they die.

Source: Wayne Jackson, False Teachers; Destructive Heresies – 2 Peter 2:1 (christiancourier)

Adam Clarke wrote on this verse:

“Through their own wickedness some may perish for whom Christ died.”
– Adam Clarke, Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible, commentary on 2 Peter 2:1 (partial).

Albert Barnes likewise wrote:

“The apostle [Peter] evidently believed that some would perish for whom Christ died.”
– Albert Barnes, Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible, commentary on 2 Peter 2:1 (partial, added “[Peter]”).

He also wrote:

“The thing which these false teachers would attempt would be divisions, alienations, or parties, in the church, but these would be based on the erroneous doctrines which they would promulgate. What would be the particular doctrine in this case is immediately specified, to wit, that they “would deny the Lord that bought them.” The idea then is, that these false teachers would form sects or parties in the church, of a destructive or ruinous nature, founded on a denial of the Lord that bought them. Such a formation of sects would be ruinous to piety, to good morals, and to the soul. The authors of these sects, holding the views which they did, and influenced by the motives which they would be, and practicing the morals which they would practice, as growing out of their principles, would bring upon themselves swift and certain destruction. It is not possible now to determine to what particular class of errorists the apostle had reference here, but it is generally supposed that it was to some form of the Gnostic belief.”
– Ibid (emphasis mine).


I believe that one such terrible gnostic belief you might have fallen into is the denial that Christ came in the same flesh as we have/the same nature as we are. On this the apostle John wrote: "For many deceivers have gone out into the world--men who do not acknowledge Jesus as Christ who has come in human nature. Such a one is 'the deceiver' and 'the anti-Christ.'" (2 John 1:7). You might want to check out what that means (click here).

Another one, closely related, is the belief that men are born sinners (also known as the doctrine of Original Sin). I have noticed, that such doctrines have led many Christians into disobedience, which might eventually lead them into sudden destruction (please see the links for more information on such subjects).

2 thoughts on “WARNING! You might bring upon yourself Swift Destruction!

  1. I some question that I hope will encourage you to read further into God’s word.
    1. Jesus died for every one. giving them the option to be saved. But they have to accept it first.
    2. once you do accept Jesus as your savior, You can not lose your salvation.The question is how do you know you really meant what you said and are sold out for Jesus. And that is by your actions( as a result of your faith ) and the prompting of the holy spirit.
    3. A false prophet can be a born again believer.( but it depends on your definition of false prophet) ( Anyone who teaches a lie as fact, whether knowing it or not ) A church preacher even, and not know it. Some destructive heresies can be very subtle, wont affect how people live their lives as Christians very much. You can get saved in many different types of churches, ( If you look past the junk, and look to Jesus.) how ever these little destructive heresies ( little saying and trains of thought that have been around for so long people believe they are true even when they are dead wrong. basically every day misconceptions.) They can build up and eventually break a large rock. As a believer little heresies are the most dangerous, because we often let them in and believe them with out questioning them.
    4. True false prophets, or at least the ones people think of are the ones that deny Jesus. These are very dangerous to unsaved people, or young Christians, who have not studied God’s word for them selves. However they are often easy for a believer to spot and not effective on us. ( its usually they little (heresies) things that breaks down a believer.)

    The devil attacks the strong Believer subtly;
    Like water seeping into a crack, freezing, and making the crack larger; and like a weed, that grows in a crack and slowly over time breaks up the rock until it splits the rock completely, and all that is left is the tree.
    and on new or unsaved people he attacks violently;
    ( like a large hammer crushing an egg ^_^ ) its only God who can save a new believer from destruction, and its only God who can help a strong believer repair their cracks. The devil works in many ways trying to break down the people God created.
    We must remain watchful, always looking to Jesus.


    1. Please consider all the articles in the “conditional security” section (the top-left-hand part of the homepage). Imposing the “you-cannot-lose-your-salvation” idea onto the text of the Bible ignores the “if’s” and the faith of the historical church (as compared to the Gnostics). For example, Irenaeus stated on the Valentinians that they thought that they were spiritual and couldn’t lose their salvation (sounds familiar, doesn’t it?). You can read this in Irenaeus Against Heresies 1.6.1-2; 1.21.4.


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