THIS MIGHT BE A VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO YOU, DEAR READER! PLEASE READ UNTIL THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE OR SKIP TO THE BOTTOM IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME!
SALVATION CAN BE LOST…
(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).
BY DENYING JESUS (APOSTASY THROUGH GNOSTICISM)…
‘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).
YOU MIGHT BELIEVE SUCH GNOSTICISM WHICH MIGHT LEAD TO YOUR DAMNATION ! 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).