He started preparing them for the dispensation of the grace of God, when they would be made ministers of a new and better covenant. Paul spoke about the subject of 2 Peter in his epistles. In this case, it would mean that he will surely perish. All rights reserved. He wrote Galatians, Romans, 1 & 2 Thessalonians and other books before Peter wrote Second Peter. In this final letter, just before his death, the aged apostle Peter wrote to all Christians – to all who had obtained a precious faith in God, like his own faith – in and through the righteousness of our God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. (Gospel of God, The (2 volume set), Chapter 19, by Watchman Nee). We may not like this process, but it is crucial to our spiritual growth. Peter virtually accepted the inspiration of Paul’s writings. Required fields are marked *, Notify me of followup comments via e-mail, Designed by Elegant Themes Today in China, I have seen a number of good Christians who love the Lord and who labor everywhere in the gospel work. At times he found the dispensational adjustment difficult, and in Galatians we read that Paul found it necessary to challenge Peter’s behaviour – because he started to revert back to Jewish exclusivism by segregating himself from Gentiles. All rights reserved. • Second Epistle of Peter Wikipedia Article . Peter had just reminded us, in this passage, that this “Day” would come as a thief in the night. Give us greater insight into those Bible passages that unscrupulous and ignorant men like to distort and twist, through their own pride, ignorance or lack of diligent study. The one thing that so many Bible expositors fail to do is to teach the Scriptures literally, grammatically, historically and in context. Hebrews 10:26-29 says, "For when we sin willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice of bulls and goats for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment and fervor of fire, which is to consume the adversaries. 2 Peter 3:16 What Does 2 Peter 3:16 Mean? We read Scripture to critique our souls. Hence, these two verses do not tell us that a man can perish after being saved. So, just because Peter mentions Paul’s letters, this is no proof that a collection of Paul’s letters had been combined to form some type of volume of Pauls works. 2 Peter 3:16, NLT: "speaking of these things in all of his letters. 2 Peter 3:16. as also in all (his) epistles, speaking in them of these things; a statement from which we are not entitled to infer that the Pauline Epistles already formed a collection which could be spoken of as one whole. However, it is not the Scripture passages that I cannot understand that disturb me, but those passages that I do understand. Second Peter 3:16 says, "As also in all his letters, speaking in them concerning these things, in which some things are hard to understand, which the unlearned and unstable twist, as also the … Joe, thanks for your comment. © 2014 Living Stream Ministry. in which are some things hard to be understood. The phrase, "in which", refers either to the epistles, or the things spoken in them. This statement implies neither the inclusion of all the epistles that have come down to us, nor the formation of a canon. They twisted his word in the same way that something is wrung out of a person’s hand. There is a difference between the formal and finalization of the canon and the virtual acceptance of the canon. The writings of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee focus on the enjoyment of the divine life, which all the believers possess, and on the building up of the church, the goal of God's work with man in this age. Hebrews 10:26 is a problem to many people. in which are some things hard to understand. What does this verse really mean? of Who spoke the word or penned the sacred text and to whom is a particular passage addressed and why? We will have to wait until we get to heaven to understand some things in the Bible. To bring this right to the point, Peter’s name is given to this book as well as the second writing although Peter himself indicates Silas helped him with these writings. Yet they do not really understand Paul’s letters. If there had been a collection of Pauls letters being copied and circulated at any time around 60 AD, then it stands to reason copies of the lost letters would have been included. Peter had difficulty understanding some of Paul’s teaching. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. One last letter. 1 Peter 1:1. I pray that I would not be swept along by false teachings but become increasingly grounded on the Word of Truth – this I ask in Jesus' name, AMEN. The formalization of the canon took place many years later. The Bible never makes a sound exposition of the Bible a condition for salvation. Information based on Strong's Exhaustive Concordance[1]. To begin, Pater and Paul were contemporaries, even though Peter was very reluctant to accept Paul’s claims to be an apostle of Christ. If you twist Paul’s Epistles, you are destroying what you already have. Are these Christians going to perish? In which are some things hard to be understood. 2 Peter 3:16 Treasury of Scripture Knowing, The Concentration Of Spiritual Energy (part 1). However, the verse that many readers of the Bible find difficult to understand is verse 26, which says, "There no longer remains a sacrifice of bulls and goats for sins." They tell us of those whose work and living after salvation are not perfected, and who are unable to be built up day by day. This is a simplified translation of the original Greek word. Most of the Bible is clear and gives instructions for the improvement of our souls. 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; 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. There are those who twist the Old Testament, and even the letters of Paul (2 Pe 3:16). Some would argue after reading this word that Peter is telling us that Paul’s letters were hard to understand, and that some who are unlearned and unstable, that is, untaught and unestablished, bring in their own destruction by twisting Paul’s letters. Use this reference information to gain deeper insight into the Bible and enrich your understanding. as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. We have no problem after verse 27. τὸς ἡμῶν ἀδελφὸς, οἱ ἀμαθεῖς καὶ ἀστήρικτοι, in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest. For over a year, I considered myself unsaved because of this verse. Use the buttons below to get details on the Greek word and view related Bible verses that use the same root word. 14  Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. If you are not being built up, you are being destroyed. I realize this is a rather old post but I must insert an error that I see in your assumption that there was a collection of Pauline epistles being circulated as a collective cannon. Peter’s authorship of 2 Peter has been challenged more than that of any other book in the New Testament. And here, at the end of an immensely illuminating passage on the entire “Day of the Lord”.. which extends from the start of the 7-year tribulation (Daniel’s 70th week) to the destruction of this earth by fire and the creation of a new heaven and earth, we read that the great apostle Peter refers to our beloved brother Paul, and the wisdom and understanding bestowed on him. We think the poignant passages of the Bible are for someone else: “Oh, that is something that Mrs. Jones needs to hear.”. Other literature used this word for something obscure. 18  But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.