© 2014 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
We can understand the Bible (Ephesians 5:17). It repeatedly describes its message as “the faith,” “the truth,” and “the pattern.” We either understand it or we don’t. Differing views mean that at least one party misunderstands.
Why do people not see the Bible alike? Neither weaknesses in God, limitations in the Bible, nor flaws in the way God made us are to blame.
Read 2 Peter 3:14-18 in your own Bible. Peter admitted that in his fellow apostle Paul’s Biblical writings “there are some things in them that are hard to understand” (2 Peter 3:16). He said that some things in Scripture are hard to understand—not everything, not most things, not even many things. And he said that this small portion is hard to understand, not impossible to understand.
How important is it to be sure that you really understand the Bible? We can twist the Scriptures and cause our own eternal destruction (v.7,16). What causes a person to twist the Scriptures? Ignorance and instability (v.16).
Peter condemns educated ignorance, people whose teaching and belief is a distorted semblance of the real thing. Something causes them to miss the point or to ignore it. Peter links this kind of ignorance to instability. We ought to seek spiritual stability in the truth. If instead our aim is to protect our status, preserve our tradition, or pursue a personal agenda, we will delude ourselves and cinch our own destruction.
Being sure that we are right with God requires diligence (v.14), vigilance against misunderstanding (v.17), and growth in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (v.18). Why shouldn’t we pursue these noble aims together?
Why Do People Not See the Bible Alike?