Morning Musing: 2 Peter 3:15-16

“And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as 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.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Just a little note here on the defense of the Bible.  Some critics have argued that the writings of the New Testament “became” Scripture gradually.  It was the result of a power play by men seeking power for themselves and these writings were a convenient way to get it through the levers of religion.  But, when they were written no one considered them Scripture.  Except for this…

Peter here characterizes Paul’s writings as Scripture no different from the writings of the prophets of the Old Testament.  This was written when Paul was likely still alive, meaning that, yes, the writings of the New Testament authors like Paul were indeed considered Scripture very soon after or even when they were being written.  There was a recognition that the New Testament authors were writing the words of God from very early on in the history of the church.  We can have confidence when we read that what are reading are the words of God.

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