10 “…and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority. Bold and willful, they do not tremble as they blaspheme the glorious ones, 11 whereas angels, though greater in might and power, do not pronounce a blasphemous judgment against them before the Lord.” (2 Peter 2:10-11)
The Lord’s Day of Judgment will come upon not only the rebellious from the past, but also those who rebel against the Lord in the present and the future. This judgment is sure and certain.
The Lord’s judgment will come upon those who Peter describes as the ones who indulge in the lust of defiling passion. To indulge (πορεύομαι; poreuomai) is to continually live or behave in a certain manner. Within the context of 2 Peter 2:10, the behavior is the lust (ἐπιθυμία; epithymia) or evil desire of defiling passion (μιασμός; miasmos). Defiling passion is impurity, evil desire and sinful contamination.
These are also people who despise authority. To despise (καταφρονέω; kataphroneo) means to scorn or to look down on something or someone. Authority (κυριότης; kyriotes) refers to lordship, ruling power or dominion. While this may refer to human authority or government, ultimately the fallen world despises God’s authority.
Peter describes these people as bold (τολμητής; tolmetes) or daring along with being willful (αὐθάδης; authades), stubborn and arrogant. The apostle continues to say that these rebellious sinners do not tremble as they blaspheme or speak against the glorious ones or the glory of God. Peter contrasts these arrogant pretenders with angels when Peter says, “Whereas angels, though greater in might and power, do not pronounce a blasphemous judgment against them before the Lord.”
Jude 8-9 parallels 2 Peter when it says, “Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones. 9 But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was
disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.”
Dr. John MacArthur writes that, “Unlike false teachers who are defiant toward higher powers, the holy angels so revere their Lord that they will not speak insults against any authority. Even the archangel Michael, recognizing the great presence and power of Satan, refused to speak evil of him but called on the Lord to do so. No believer should be so boldly foolish as to mock or command the power of supernatural demons, especially Satan.”
These verses make me pause as to how blasphemous and rebellious I was prior to my conversion to Christ. However, today’s text also makes me take stock of how sin may be crouching at my door seeking to entice me to sin. May we all be on our guard.
Soli deo Gloria!