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2 Peter 3:15, 16

by Don Costello  
6/04/2008 / Bible Studies

2 Peter 3:15
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;

1. "even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;"

a. wisdom (4678 * sophia) Wisdom, skill, tact, expertise in any art. [In 2 Peter 3:15] In respect to divine things, wisdom, knowledge, insight, deep understanding, represented everywhere as a divine gift, and including the idea of practical application.

b. This of course was referring to the revelation of the New Covenant.

1). Galatians 1:11, 12 "But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received if of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

2). Ephesians 3:2-6 "If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to youward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:"

3). The full acceptance of this grace given to Paul that the Gentiles were fellowheirs was not accepted until the Jerusalem council, 17 years after Paul's conversion, Galatians 2:1, 2, 6, 7, 9. "Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also. And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run in vainBut of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me: But contrarywise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hads of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision."

2 Peter 3:16

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.

1. "As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things;

a. Apparently there was a group of Paul's epistles in circulation around the church at this early date. And as will be seen, they were considered on par with the rest of the word of God.

2. "in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest,"

a. hard to be understood (Zodihates)(1425 * dusmoetos; dus-hard; and noetos-to understand) Hard to be understood.

b. unlearned (Zodihates) (261 * amathes; a-without; manthano-to learn) Un learned, uninstructed.

c. unstable (Zodhiates) (793 * asteriktos; a-without; sterizo-to confirm, establish) Unsettled, unstable, unsteady.

d. wrest (Zodhiates) (4761 * strebloo) Crooked, distorted, to wrench, to pervert.

e. It is understandable for someone who is unlearned or ignorant to not understand, misinterpret, and twist the meaning of the word of God. It is something else for someone who is unstable to do it. It is their unstableness in their relationship with God that will fuel those three results.

1). It is critical that we walk in the light that is revealed to us.

2). Cp. 2 Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 5:11-14; Amos 8:11, 12.

3. "as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction."

a. Here we see Peter acknowledging that Paul's epistles are on par with the rest of God's word. Even before Peter's death not only do we see the church acknowledging Paul's writings as scripture, but there was a group of them circulating through the church.

b. destruction (Zodihates) (684 * apoleia) In the N.T., apoleia refers to the state after death wherein exclusion from salvation is a realized fact, wherein man, instead of becoming what he might have been, instead is lost and ruined.

My name is Don Costello. Ever since I received Christ in November of 1976 I have had a passion to study and know God's word.My wife Melissa and I have 5 children.

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