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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

2 Peter: Conclusion (Part 7)

14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.
15 Bear in mind that our Lord's patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.
16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
2 Peter 3:14-16

So what does Peter say about "scripture twisters"?
  1. We can conclude from Part 4 of this series that there will indeed be false teachers in churches. Paul also warns people of this many times like in Acts 20:30 (Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.) False teachers will distort the bible and lead maybe Christians astray.
  2. 2 Peter 3:1-4 (Part 6) says that false teacher will deny Jesus' second coming.
  3. Peter acknowledges that some of Paul’s writings are “difficult to understand” (verse 16). This seems to be the starting point for distorting the bible, hard passages. After false teachers have distorted Paul's letters, the move into the rest of the scripture thus creating a whole new religion. Since the Scriptures agree, then one who sets aside the teaching of one author must, to be consistent, set aside other texts as well.
  4. Anyone who distorts the scripture is unstable and ignorant.
  5. We find the Scriptures to be invalid when our cultural values differ from what they teach.
  6. 2 Peter 1:20-21 (Part 4) says prophets did not add there own twist to what God told them to write, they wrote exactly what God inspired them to write. Nothing more. In the same way, we cannot add to the scripture. I try to make it quite clear when I'm add my interpretation to a bible verse says because it is my interpretation.
  7. We twist the Scriptures when we selectively deny biblical teachings or commands. Sometimes this is a bold, outright denial of the truth of God’s Word. Satan did this in relation to God’s warning that if Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit they would die (Genesis 3) The false teachers of Peter’s day did this in relation to the second coming of Christ. (2 Peter 3:3-4 (Part 6)) Many of the teachings and commands of the Bible are set aside by default—we simply are ignorant of them because we have not read or studied God’s Word. We will be held accountable for knowing and doing what God has commanded in His Word.
17 Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position.
18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
2 Peter 3:17-18

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