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MAINTAINING YOUR SPIRITUAL BALANCE

July 26, 2016

Tuesday

 

2 Peter 3:17

 

Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.

 

 

LESSON

 

Much of what Peter had written were warnings that he summarized here. His appeal was tender throughout this epistle. The threat to his readers was the false teachers. Peter’s mental picture was of a torrent of false teaching, knocking believers off their feet and sweeping them away. The possibility of loss of salvation is not in view, but loss of steadfastness is.

It is a remarkable coincidence, that St. Peter, well acquainted as he was with St. Paul’s wirings, should have written these words “being carried away” which is the very words used by Paul of Barnabas, at Antioch, when he “was carried away” with the hypocrisy of Peter and the other Jews.

Paul was the first to acquaint them with the fundamental principles of Christianity and now it was their responsibility to build upon the great grace foundation! A lot of people plateau because they think once they become a Christian, that’s it, they’ve arrived. If you want to make progress, trade in that attitude for one that says, “I’m going to grow!”

 

Memory Verse: 1 Peter 5:7

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