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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for 2 Peter 2:1-3

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I. EARLY CHURCH HERESIES.
A. Gnosticism.
1. All material is evil.
a. Thus, God could not have created the material world.
2. Jesus dwelling as He did in a human body could not be God.
a. Some forms of this error taught divinity came upon Him at baptism, left before crucifixion.
3. The Gnostics were known to deliberately alter the scriptures to meet their views.
B. Irenaeus said of the Gnostic Marcion, "Wherefore also Marcion and his followers have betaken themselves to mutilating the scriptures...which they themselves have shortened."
1. They were guilty of removing passages that did not line up with their views.
C. Docetism.
1. A form of gnosticism that sought to deny the fleshly body of Christ.
a. Saw him as a phantom.
D. Arianism.
1. Taught that Jesus was not God, but a created being inferior to God.
II. ALL OF THESE HERESIES FOUND THEIR HOME IN ALEXANDRIA.
A. Here is where Clement spread the pernicious doctrines of Tatian, Gnosticism mixed with Greek philosophy.
1. Origin was a pupil of Clement and had a great influence upon the early church.
a. Here is where the Greek texts were developed for the Alexandrian, Sianiaticus, and Latin Vulgate which Jerome translated from the Alexandrian manuscripts.
III. THE TWO ANCIENT SOURCES OF MANUSCRIPTS.
A. Alexandrian - Roman Catholic church (Origens Hexapin).
B. Textus Receptus (Received Text).
1. Its source is in Antioch which was the home church of Paul the Apostle.
2. In 165, Syrian text called Peshitta.
3. Eastern Greek church.
4. Common Latin Text.
5. Wildness of N. Italy.
6. Erasamus.
7. Reformation fathers.
C. Of the over 5,255 manuscripts between 80 & 90% are Textus Receptus agreement.
IV. SOME DELETIONS IN ALEXANDRIAN, SINIATICUS:
Matt. 6:13; Matt. 18:11; Matt. 23:14; Matt. 25:13 "Wherein..."; Mark 1:1 "The Son of God"; Mark 2:17 (to repentance); Mark 9:44, Mark 11:26; Mark 16:9-20; Luke 2:33 (His father); Luke 4:4 every word...; Luke 24:40; John 3:15, "should not perish."; Acts 2:30 "According to the flesh he raised up Christ"; Acts 8:37, Acts 9:5,6; Romans 14:9, Both - rose; Eph. 3:9 (by Christ Jesus); Eph. 3:14, "of the Lord Jesus Christ"; I Peter 1:22 (through the Spirit); I Peter 4:1 (For us); I John 5:7-8 (in heaven...); Rev. 11:17 (art to come...)
Sermon Notes for 2 Peter 1:16-21 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for 2 Peter 2:3 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for 1 Peter 1:3 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for 1 John 1 Next Book →
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The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.

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