Offhanded, parenthetical remarks open fascinating windows into the speaker's mind. Peter gives us just such a view into his mind in 2 Peter 3:15-16, where he writes,
"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."
He speaks of the patience that God to suffering and persecuted a Christians, a unique Divine gift to support them in difficulty. To add support to his theological idea he mentions, offhandedly, that this same concept was found in the letters of Paul that these Christians had read. Don't miss all the truth packed into this seemingly off-the-cuff remark of Peter. From it we learn:
- Paul and Peter shared the same theology.
- Some things in Paul's letter were difficult for Peter to understand. Theology has shallows and depths, even for an apostle.
- Some people twist theology, especially theology drawn from the more difficult to understand portions of Scripture, to their eventual spiritual destruction.
- Peter considers Paul's letters as authoritative words from God. Peter, as a Jew, had an incredibly high view of the authority of the Old Testament Scriptures, and places, in a passing comment no less, Paul's letter in the same category as, "the other (Old Testament) Scriptures."
Don't miss even the passing comments of Scripture. God has buried treasure there.
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