2 Peter 3:16Â Peter comments about the writings of Paul saying …”his letters contain some things that are hard to understand, to which ignorant and insincere people give a false explanation, as they do the Scriptures, to their own destruction.â€ NIV
This is a warning to everyone about those who twist the meaning of Scriptures to satisfy their own needs. The Bible warns us of false teachers and tells us how to tell if what they say is true. For the truth we go to the Bible and by comparing what the false teacher is saying against what we read in Scripture, we can know if what they are saying is true.
In verse 3 we are told that â€œthere will be scoffers, men who make a mockery of sin and salvation. This seems very strange that the telling of the covenant of Grace in the New Testament should be ridiculed, but the spirituality and simplicity of New Testament worship are directly contrary to man’s sinful mind.
Through the centuries and even today, the followers of Christ Jesus are being persecuted. But now in this time and age, the scoffers are becoming more subtle and cleverer in how they ridicule those that follow the teachings of the Gospel. We are told what sort of people to look for. They follow the desires of their own hearts and choose to walk their own way, think their own way, talk their own language and follow their own moral principles. We need to recognize these people and guard against them.
They refuse to accept that our Savior has already come as He promised. We must keep in mind what Paul told Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:7: â€œI have fought the good fight, I have finished the race and I have kept the faith.â€ NIV
Pray that we can be strong in our faith in the Lord when troubles come our way so that we may enjoy His promise of eternal life.