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Worldliness Definition #3 – 2 Peter 3.14-18

March 16, 2009

Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. 15And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16as 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. 17You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. 18But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

I find it funny that some of the writings of Paul even confused Peter. I really do find myself identifying with Peter more and more. Really rough around the edges, horribly guilty conscience, but every once and again, getting uber aggressive with people. And then admitting publicly that the guy who just got saved speaks way deeper than I ever could.. yup, me and Peter are gonna’ have some great chats in Heaven.

The main verses to look at in this passage are 17 and 18, but 14-16 give a great context to what’s going on.

Some discussion questions to chew on:

Who are the dangerous people according to Peter? What warning does Peter give? Bases on previous verses, Peter is teaching that God’s judgment is sure (back as far as v.8). instead of taching that, what were these people teaching? What does it look like to be carried away (v.17)? What is the alternative to being carried away?

Some suggested definitions:

Allowing our faith to be driven by our sight.

Giving up when faith gets hard.

Being swept away by lies due to ignorance of the Word of God.

My definition has become this:

Allowing questionable teaching and the resulting doubt to remain unchallenged in my heart.

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