For some people have sneaked in among us??heir doom was foretold long ago??odless persons, who turn the mercy of our God into an excuse for immorality, and disown our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
to gratify the false brothers who had been smuggled in, who sneaked in to spy upon the freedom we enjoy in Christ Jesus, so as to reduce us to slavery again.
and "A stone to stumble over, and a rock to trip them up." They stumble over the message because they will not obey it; that is their destiny.
Who is such a liar as the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is the real Antichrist??he man who disowns the Father and the Son.
but while people were asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.
And eternal life means knowing you as the only true God, and knowing Jesus your messenger as Christ.
When he reached there and saw the favor God had shown them, he was delighted, and encouraged them all to be resolute and steadfast in their devotion to the Lord,
As we have heard that some of our number, without any instructions from us, have disturbed you by their teaching and unsettled your minds,
Then what shall we conclude? Are we to continue to sin to increase the spread of mercy?
Has not the potter with his clay the right to make from the same lump one thing for exalted uses and another for menial ones?
For you, brothers, have been called to freedom; only do not make your freedom an excuse for the physical, but in love be slaves to one another.
We must not be babies any longer, blown about and swung around by every wind of doctrine through the trickery of men with their ingenuity in inventing error.
which will be brought about in his own time by the blessed, only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
To the pure everything is pure, but to the evil-minded and unbelieving nothing is pure, but their very minds and consciences are unclean.
For God's mercy has appeared and brought salvation to all men,
Be careful that no one fails to gain God's favor, or some poisonous root may come up to trouble and contaminate you all??16 some immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his very birthright for one single meal.
Live like free men, only do not make your freedom an excuse for doing wrong, but be slaves of God.
If it is hard for the upright man to be saved, what will become of the godless and sinful?
There were false prophets too among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will introduce destructive sects and deny the Master who has bought them, thus bringing on themselves swift destruction.
and if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others, when he brought the flood upon the godless world;
especially those who yield to their physical nature and indulge in passions that defile them, and despise authority. Rash, headstrong men! They stand in no awe of majesty, but deride beings
They utter arrogant nonsense and use physical cravings to lure into immorality men who are just escaping from among those who live in error;
But by the same command the present heavens and earth are stored up for fire, and are kept for the day when godless men are to be judged and destroyed.
to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the godless of all the godless deeds they have done, and of all the harsh things that godless sinners have said against him."
Who will not fear and give glory to your name, Lord? For you alone are holy. All the heathen will come and worship before you, for the justice of your sentences has now been shown."