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II Pet 5:15-18

SCRIPTURES FOR DESTRUCTION

Oct 18, 1970 pm


IN ALL THE INTELLECTUAL CONFUSION OF TODAY MEN MISS THE GOSPEL, STUMBLING OVER PROBLEMS

  • There has never been a time when knowledge has so increased, and wisdom so lacking - of the Bible
  • The unsaved stumble over minor problems, Christians do not know the answers and cannot help!
  • Let's take the challenge of Peter, and seriously look at the parts of scripture that cause men to stumble, and be prepared to give an answer for the faith we hold dear.

SCRIPTURES THAT ARE HARD TO UNDERSTAND - V.15

It is difficult to understand that the apostles were human too, and subject to error

WE NEED TO ACCOUNT THAT THE LONG SUFFERING OF OUR LORD IS SALVATION - 15A

  • Many questioned where is the promise of His coming - apostles preached that it was imminent
  • More today would ask - where is the Lord with the answer to my prayers - wondering at delay -
  • But the Lord's delay in His return to the earth is for someone's salvation - do you know who?

EVEN AS OUR BELOVED BROTHER PAUL HAS WRITTEN ACCORDING TO THE WISDOM GIVEN UNTO HIM - V.15B

  • Paul had his ministry, and his work, and it was according to the wisdom given to him-

IN WHICH ARE SOME THINGS HARD TO UNDERSTAND - V.16B

  • Peter and Paul had words regarding Jewish custom - Gal 2:11-16. yet they were brothers in Christ
  • Paul to Gentiles - Eph 2:8-10, saved by faith - James to the Jews - Jas 2:14-20, show by works!

But if you think an argument between apostles is hard to understand, look at this!

SCRIPTURES WRESTED TO OUR DESTRUCTION -  V.16B

This involves such problems as to cause a person to miss the message of God's great love!

THERE ARE SOME PROBLEMS THAT MEN IN THE WORLD FIND IMPOSSIBLE TO UNDERSTAND

  • The greatest is Joshua's long day - Josh 10:12-14 - the educated find this defies natural law
  • Many so-called religious men stumble over Isa 7:14 - prophecy of the Virgin Birth, which also defies natural law
  • Of course even Nicodemus stumbled over Jesus' words about the new birth - John 3:3,5

THERE ARE GREAT QUOTATIONS THAT ARE HARD TO UNDERSTAND, SEND MEN OFF ON TANGENTS -

  • Matt 5:30 - If your hand offend thee, cut it off - Idiomatic expression - "Cut it out" and play on words
  • Matt 5:39 - Turn the other cheek - Right cheek, right hand / insult- not injury - anti-pride/self-control
  • Luke 14:26 - Hate your mother?  A comparative thing - we are to love Christ so much, that mother love would seem hate
  • Matt 12:31 - The unpardonable sin - William Cowper, John Bunyan feared - but found grace sufficient
  • John 6:53 - Eat My flesh, drink My blood - many stumbled then - but type of Lamb sacrifice - eaten
  • Matt 17:20 - Faith that moves mountains - we stumble - but we make mountains out of mole hills

THERE ARE SMALL SNAGS THAT ANNOY SOME, BUT CAUSE SOME TO HANG, STUMBLE, AND PERISH

  • Do you know where Cain got his wife? Gen 4:17 - no problem, went to land of Nod - married sister
  • Or the worry about the price of a dog - Deut 23:18 - Beware D. - Phil 3:2, not in heaven - R. 22:15
  • The greatest of all- the Whale and Jonah - 1:17 - OT says great fish - NT - Matt 12:40

But the real question - are these intellectual doubts or spiritual doubts - excuses?

KNOWLEGE IS YOUR DEFENSE AGAINST APOSTACY - V.17

There are no temptations but such as are common to man, and no problems God has not solved!

BEWARE LEST YE BE LED AWAY WITH THE ERROR OF THE WICKED AND FALL FROM YOUR STEADFASTNESS - 17B

  • You can make a list of things you know - or a list of problems / count blessings or heartaches
  • But by showing you these few small things ahead of time, may be like an inoculation - to help
  • There is an answer to any Biblical problem you might have; ask your questions at the right place

BUT GROW IN GRACE AND IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST - V.18A

  • There is no growth in grace without a growth in experience/knowledge - in Jesus!  Not in man.
  • If we would put the energy behind knowing more about Jesus - there is no way we could fail
  • Your church has many agencies - use them / but also keep your eyes open - papers, magazines, books, radio, TV

TO HIM BE THE GLORY, BOTH NOW AND FOREVER, AMEN - 18B - HERE IS THE BIG STUMBLING BLOCK!

  • The reason men stumble over these previous scriptures - to get self-glory, not glorify God
  • Accept the Bible as His word - Lincoln said, "Read this book for what on reason you can accept, and take the rest by faith, and you will live and die a better man."

I believe the Bible to be God's word to us, and I refuse to stumble over His love gift!

BUT EACH SOUL MUST MAKE HIS OWN DECISION REGARDING ACCEPTING THE LORD'S WORD BY FAITH

  • If you have never received Christ as Saviour - it is a good sign you reject His word
  • Continual rejection of Christ and His word will bring destruction - spiritual, eternal
  • Acceptance of Christ and His word will bring joy and happiness - now and eternal.