Understand and Enjoy the Bible! #6

Sunday, January 10, 2016

And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction (2 Peter 3:15,16 KJV).

Although there is so much confusion about it, can we really understand and enjoy the Bible? (Yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes!)

How did such overwhelming confusion originate? (Lost people fabricating false Bibles and not using the true Bible God’s way!) Where, O where, is God’s answer to the extensive misunderstandings about His Word? (In His Word, plain and simple!) How could He have allowed His Word to become so muddled up? (Blame sinful man, not God!) What can we do to save ourselves from such Biblical ignorance? (In His Word, plain and simple!)

Today’s Scripture contains seven related, and yet separate, lines of thought. We will take a week to look at them. Then, we will summarize both verses and all seven points. For now, note in today’s Scripture: (1) The “longsuffering of our Lord is salvation,” (2) “Our beloved brother Paul” had “wisdom given unto him” and he wrote it down, (3) Peter admitted that “some things” Paul spoke were “hard to be understood,” (4) People who were “unlearned and unstable” were “wresting”—twisting, mixing up—Paul’s epistles, (5) Paul’s epistles were “Scripture,” (6) The non-Pauline Bible books were also “Scripture,” and (7) Those failing to use the Bible properly—especially Paul’s books—were inflicting spiritual “destruction” upon themselves and their audiences.

The Berean Bible student will carefully consider these two verses from the Apostle Peter’s farewell epistle. Friends and brethren, those words show us where the Church the Body of Christ went terribly wrong 2,000 years ago. People using Scripture to further Satan’s agenda is nothing new. People corrupting God’s Word is nothing new. People perverting the Bible to corrupt souls is nothing new. People confusing others about the Scriptures is nothing new. People confused about the Holy Bible is nothing new. Praise God for His simple answers to this colossal mess!

Our latest Bible Q&A: “Do John 5:31 and John 8:14 contradict each other?

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2 thoughts on “Understand and Enjoy the Bible! #6”

    1. Hi Gerald.

      I referred to either lost or saved people. They both corrupt/misuse the Bible even today.

      When you think about it, 2 Peter 3:15-16 could apply to both believers and unbelievers, whether back in the apostles’ day or our present-day. Look at how believers were confused about dispensational boundaries in 2 Thessalonians 2:2ff and 2 Timothy 2:15-18. Even today, there are those who say that the Church the Body of Christ will enter the seven-year Tribulation. Whether our time, or 2000 years ago, people mix prophecy with mystery.

      Even today, true believers in Jesus Christ malign, ignore, and/or water down dispensational Bible study. I know some people who are saved in Christ, they have solid testimonies, but they are too proud in their denominations to leave religion. They like their church tradition and philosophies of men. They want to hang on to Jesus’ earthly ministry with its miracles, water baptism, legalism, etc.

      The Body of Christ went wrong 2000 years ago when they were already beginning to abandon Paul’s epistles (2 Timothy 1:15). No doubt, Peter was aware of people in both Israel’s program and our program who were wresting the Scriptures, saved and lost alike. There were scoffers (lost people) just as there are today, people who do not understand the dispensational boundaries in God’s Word. According to 2 Peter chapter 3, these mockers did not understand why God’s wrath was delayed. We have people like that even today. Even most believers don’t understand why that wrath is delayed. The rightly divided Word would clear it all up for them if they would simply submit to God’s Word, God’s way. Alas, they just keep going the way of “what they’ve always been told.”

      Furthermore, we have allowed lost people to slip into our churches and seminaries and teach additional error. There were false teachers in the apostles’ days (2 Corinthians 2:17; Galatians 1:6-9; 1 Timothy 1:3-11; etc.). They had thoroughly confused law and grace, Peter and Paul, and so on. Again, this is ongoing. All of our doctrinal problems in the professing church today have their origin in people “wresting” the Scripture back in Peter’s day. That’s what I was attempting to point out, but of course, space doesn’t allow it in brief devotionals.

      Hope this explanation helps, friend!

      -in Christ
      2Cor. 5:20

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