2 Peter 3:15-17 1 minutes to read

2 Peter 3:15-17

And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.

The major concern for Peter writing this second letter is to warn against false teachers who are driven their own personal agendas. Therefore, in the very first chapter Peter laid a foundation that the Scriptures were not produced by the will of men but those men were “carried along” by the Holy Spirit to write down the inspired words of God.

Here in the final paragraph he warns them not to be “carried away” by these false teachers who, out of their ignorance of the word and their unstable character, twist the truth. Peter is concerned that these beloved followers of Christ do not lose the stability that God’s Word has developed in their lives.

God’s word is truth and that truth gives us the solid foundation to build a godly life in the midst of an ungodly world. It provides stability in unstable circumstances. The best way to identify false teachers and false teaching is to be knowledgeable about God’s Word. The understanding of truth exposes that which is false.

There seems to be only two alternatives… either we will be carried along with stability by God’s Inspired Scriptures or we will be carried away by falling for false teaching.

Reflection

How does God’s word provide stability in your life? How has the lack of knowledge of God’s Word led you astray to destructive ends?

Prayer

Grant me divine wisdom through the study of your word to be able to discern the falsehood of worldly wisdom that breeds an unstable lifestyle.