2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” And, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
John 14:15-17 “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. – Jesus
Five “I AM” Declarations
I AM a believer in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I AM a present day Temple of the living Holy God. I AM received and celebrated as a child of God. I AM filled with the Spirit of Truth forever. I AM known as a lover of God.
2 Peter 2:4-10 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter; and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds), then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority. Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties,
Psalms 5:4-8 For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; No evil dwells with You. The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes; You hate all who do iniquity. You destroy those who speak falsehood; The Lord abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit. But as for me, by Your abundant lovingkindness I will enter Your house, At Your holy temple I will bow in reverence for You. O Lord , lead me in Your righteousness because of my foes; Make Your way straight before me.
2 Peter 2:1-3 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping. (NIV)
The Problem is Ongoing as Peter Perceived It:
False prophets and teachers will be among the believers.
What will they Do And What Effect Will They Have?
Their teaching is a denial of Christ who paid the ultimate price, and they will exhibit shameful immoralities.
How Will They Accomplish This Deception?
Through cleverly forged arguments disguised as truth. They will encourage reckless immorality and a lack of regard towards man’s, or God’s judgment.
1 Corinthians 2:1-2, 4 When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, (NIV)
What Will Be The Results Of Their Deception?
A smearing of Christianity, and their swift destruction.
Important Q: “Do the teachers or prophets exalt themselves and do they repel men away from, or towards Christ?
What is Truth; the Troubling Q of All Humankind?
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I AM the WAY and the TRUTH and the LIFE. NO ONE comes to the Father EXCEPT through ME! (NIV)