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Twisting Scriptures

John Collins10/10/2012

2 Peter 3 describes Peter's warning of those that would one day come to twist the scriptures. 

He said he did not know the day nor the hour this would happen, for a day with God is like a thousand years of our time.  God is not slow in fulfilling His promises, we are slow in receiving them.  Nevertheless, the day would come, and it would catch everyone unawares.

On that day, the heavens will pass away, and the stars and planets will be burned up and disintegrated into nothing.  The earth and all the works done upon it would be one day exposed to all.

Peter warned that everyone should continue living their lives for God up until the day of the return of the Lord.  He describes the ending of time, and it must have been a terrible and awesome sight in his mind, because Peter describes the stars and planets melting as they burn!  But the promise continues that we are waiting for a new heavens and a new earth, one in which righteousness dwells instead of sin.

After assuring the people that the kingdom of heaven was soon to come, Peter said to be diligent in their faith in Jesus Christ.  Be at peace.  The patience of our Lord is salvation, just as Paul wrote in his letters and spoke in his teachings.

Some things, Peter warned, are difficult to understand.  The ignorant and unstable will twist these scriptures to their own destruction -- just as they do the other Scriptures!

Therefore, Peter again warned, make sure that you do not get carried away with the same error of the lawless people.  Make sure that you do not lose your own stability.  Instead, grow in peace, and in knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  

To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity.  Amen.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Have we allowed ignorant, lawless, and unstable men to twist our scriptures?  Have we fell into idol worship by men who would invent scriptures such as "I will be with you even in you" or add words to scriptures such as "This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased to dwell in?"  Have we lost our own stability?  Are we listening to ignorant, lawless, and unstable pastors who tell us not to study the scriptures, or are we growing in peace and knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?


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