2 Peter 3:15-17
14Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
15And 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;
16As 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.
Oh, it just makes me want to think and think and ponder! Wonder what these unstable folks were doing with Paul's words during Peter's lifetime???? Looking at what Paul says in Romans, I kinda get an inkling of what stupidity and deception modern folks get into.
Referring to the misunderstanding of Grace, Paul wrote, "... (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come?" Romans 3:7-9
And Jude also wrote in Jude 1:4 "For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ."
Another instance of folks taking advantage of God's love (although this is not a case of Paul's revelations being misunderstood but the fact that God's grace is often misunderstood. Remember the story of Lamech? Genesis 4:24 "If Cain is avenged seven times, then Lamech seventy-seven times." Genesis 4:23-25 Since God was gracious to Cain for murder, Lamech applied it to himself.
And David also talks about presumptuous sins. Psalm 19:13 "Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression." Psalm 19:12-14
Just a few verses that show how folks destroy themselves with the notion of grace. Either they accept it or they dismiss it or they do flaky things with it. -C
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