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Read Introduction to 2 Peter

 

“…and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation–as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you…”

 

according to the wisdom given to him

“According to” means the norm or standard. God gave Paul wisdom for knowing the revelation of Scripture. In fact, he wrote one half of the New Testament. That is the “wisdom” that God gave him. God chose to give to Paul wisdom in unusual dimension to write much of the New Testament.

This is a significant statement about the canonization of Scripture. Paul is dead at the writing of 2 Peter and his thirteen epistles are complete. Note that Peter recognizes them as part of the canon of Scripture.

has written to you

The church in Peter’s day used Paul’s writings as Scripture. This is in part how we determine the canon of Scripture. Peter gives the Apostle Paul’s writings the credence of Scripture. Paul’s letters were known, collected and widely read as the Word of God even in Peter’s day.

Peter wrote two books of the Bible while Paul wrote thirteen books. Notice that Peter gives praise to the man who wrote half the New Testament and did not envy Paul. Envy renders us useless for God’s service.

Principle:

Envy puts leaders on the shelf.

Application:

Envy can creep into the heart of any Christian leader. If we permit envy to remain in our heart, it will prevent us from the will of God. God will effectively by-pass us. He will put us on the shelf (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).

The shores of Christian work are strewn with spiritual shipwrecks and those God has disqualified. Their envy probably began with a grudge. Then it extended to belittling and slandering other Christian leaders. Finally, it ended in a state of bitterness. But Peter did not have that kind of attitude. He released his anger. He dealt with it.

Have you severed your relationship with someone because she hurt you? Can you still respect people who hurt you? Peter did.

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