July 5th, 2016
Are you established in the truth?
“This now, beloved, is the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles.” 2 Peter 3:1-2
As we completed our overview of 2 Peter we learned that Peter’s purpose for writing this letter was to remind the believers of truths that they already knew. These believers were already established in the truth (2 Peter 1:12), but Peter wanted to make sure they continue to remember those important truths from the Word of God so that they would be able to stand firm against false teachers among them.
Likewise, as believers we also need to make sure we are established in the truth of God’s Word and are taking time to remember the Scriptures. We are constantly bombarded with false teaching, and the only way we can stand firm against those teachings is to be rooted in the Scriptures. We need to be studying the Bible and meditating on the words of God daily to keep from getting persuaded by the words of false teachers.
In order to stand firm against false teachers we first need to be able to distinguish false teaching from the truth. That may sound like an obvious statement, but in 2 Peter 2:1 Peter warns the believers that there will be false teachers who will secretly introduce destructive heresies; false teachers won’t always be obvious and they may be difficult to identify. This is why knowing and remembering the words of God is so crucial, because if we aren’t certain about what we believe we can get easily swayed towards the lies of the world. Isaiah 40:8 says “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” As the world throws so many different opinions at us, we can always go back to God’s Word because we know that the Scriptures are completely true and will always be true.
Are you certain about what you believe in, so that you will be able to recognize false teachers who contradict the Word of God? Are you established in these truths enough to stand firm against those false teachers among you? How will you ensure that you can stand firm, established in the Word of God?
You do not need to do this alone. Peter took the time to write to these believers because he felt that it was important to remind them of what they already know, and we can do the same with fellow believers. So as you are becoming established in the Word of God, how are you going to encourage fellow believers to do the same? What practical steps will you take to stand firm together with other believe?
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