Today’s Reading | 2 Peter 3:11-18
Why do people have different interpretations of the Bible? One answer, though not a very comfortable one for us, is found in today’s reading. Peter concludes this book with an admonition to live a godly life and then encourages us in reading what Paul has written. Peter knows that some of what Paul wrote is not easy to understand. As a result, some people, who are ignorant and unstable, have distorted Paul’s teachings and have led people astray with their wrong interpretations. We need to realize that sometimes people will share interpretations that are wrong, intentionally or unintentionally. They are wrong because those who make them are ignorant. They do not have the knowledge or skills they need to correctly handle the passage. It might also be wrong because they are unstable. They go back and forth between positions and beliefs. They are not firmly grounded in the Word. We need to be on our guard, lest we get carried away by false teaching. We need to make sure that our positions are based on solid interpretation principles and not just our ideas or opinions. It is very important.
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?