2 Peter 3:15–16
15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.
I find it interesting that the Apostle Peter told his readers that some of Paul’s writings about salvation were hard to understand. The truth is that you cannot casually read the book of Romans. Skimming Romans is like skimming the ocean. You miss its’ treasures beneath the waves if you never dive in. Peter did not say that one could not understand Paul’s writings. Any diligent student can dive into Romans and find treasure in it. First of all today, be a student of Paul’s writings, it is worth the effort.
Then Peter tells us that unstable people twist Paul’s writings to their own destruction. When I read a homosexual explanation of Romans 1 I was amazed that it could be so twisted to accept their perversions. I Corinthians 14, which so clearly defines the use of the gift of tongues in the church, has been twisted to allow all types of perversions of its teachings. And on and on it goes. Be certain that anyone you read or listen to interprets the scriptures in such a way that they are consistent with all of the rest of the Scriptures.
The third point that Peter makes here is that his and Paul’s writings are on the same level of authority as the rest of the Scriptures. God has given us what He wants us to have and wants us to treat all of it with carefulness in study and application. We are not allowed to twist any of the Scriptures to defend our disobedience to God. Anyone who uses the Scriptures to defend their sinfulness is untaught and unstable, twisting the Word to their own destruction. Blinding themselves to the truth about the Word they remain in their sin with self-justification.
Be a discerning listener of Christian talk radio, of Christian preachers and teachers. When something doesn’t sound right, take it to the Scriptures. Don’t listen to false teachers even if they are on Christian radio or published by a Christian publisher. Don’t allow their blindness to blind you. Keep your eyes open to the Scriptures at all times and in all matters.
It is Friday. Besides Pastor Bill’s services at Sunrise and at Spring Meadow, I will be conducting a service at the Devonshire. Pray for these opportunities to proclaim God’s word.
RU is tonight. Pray for God to bring back the ones who came last week. Pray that they come with hearts open to receive God’s word. Pray for our workers to come with hearts longing to share hope and excited about the Savior.
Tomorrow night some of us are going out to do street witnessing in Naperville. We will be out from about 7:00-8:30. Anyone who wants to join us certainly can.
See you Sunday.
Have a great day in the Lord, PS