“Denying The Lord That BOUGHT Them!”
“But there were false prophets also among (in) the people, even as there shall be false teachers among (in) you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” (2 Peter 2:1)
This verse speaks of “false teachers,” and how these individuals, like the false prophets of old, where in the very midst of God’s people. The verse continues by saying, “they would deny, or disregard the Lord who bought them, and eventually bring quick destruction upon themselves.” Amazing!
The manner in which these folks spread this poison of, “denying the Lord,” is found in the phrase, “privily shall bring in,” which refers to their damnable heresies and denial, or disregard for the Lord Jesus as revealed in His Word.
The phrase, “privily shall bring in” is one, three part, compound Greek word. The word is: “pareisago.” Thayers defines this word as follows: “to introduce, or bring in secretly or craftily.” How this smuggling process occurs is found in the breakdown of the word.
The word is made up of:
(1) para= which is defined as: “beside, or alongside. This describes how these damnable heresies get into the body of Christ. They come in, alongside truth, and therefore become difficult to detect.
(2) eis= this word is defined as: “into, and describes a movement into.” In other words, the heresies proclaimed by these deceived teachers, saddles itself next to the truth, in order to move INTO the body of Christ. Wow!
(3) The last part of this descriptive word is, “ago.” This word is defined as: “to lead, take with one, to lead by laying hold of, and this way to bring to a point of destination.”
Allow me to add, that the point of destination they are leading one on, is the same destructive path they themselves are on. Wow!
Sadly, many examples could be sited.
Summary: False teachers smuggle in their damnable heresies right alongside the truth, for the express purpose of getting these errors into the body of Christ, resulting in MANY being led astray. No wonder, Paul spent three years, warning believers, with tears. (See Acts 20:26-32)