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What did Peter mean when he said that Paul's letters contain things that are hard to understand​?

Are Paul’s Letters Hard to Understand? Rethinking 2 Peter 3:16

There is a famous go-to verse in Second Peter for those trying to say that Paul’s letters are confusing and hard to understand. Peter’s words are frequently taken to mean that we cannot properly interpret many of the theological discourses in Paul. His statement has often been used as a cop-out in (losing) debates over a Pauline text. But is this really what Peter meant? Is he really telling his audience that they should throw in the towel and give up on Pauline exegesis? I encourage you to read the entire context in which the verse is found (see passage below), and then we will get into reasons why we can still understand Paul, and why this verse does not teach that we cannot: Continue reading Are Paul’s Letters Hard to Understand? Rethinking 2 Peter 3:16

Although Paul was the chief of sinners, God showed him mercy

Paul the Chief of Sinners Was Shown Mercy

The book 1 Timothy was written by Paul the apostle to a young evangelist who often served with him. He is absent at the time and wishes to instruct Timothy on how to run the church. Our passage for today, chapter 1 verses 12-17, is a digression. His mention of his commission to preach the gospel in verse 11 sparks a rant about how he was considered faithful despite his former sins. He picks up his thought again in verse 18 mentioning again the command back in verse 3. In this paragraph Paul give us insight into the gospel and his personal testimony. I want to draw particular attention to his past sin. Paul shatters the notion that people can be too bad to make it to heaven. If you are in that thought process concerning yourself, may Paul’s testimony show you just how merciful Jesus is. Continue reading Paul the Chief of Sinners Was Shown Mercy

Paul was a bivocational minister

Paul: A Model for Bivocational Pastors

It could be argued that Paul was the first bivocational minister. We know from a few accounts that he worked on the side as a tent maker (Acts 18:3; 20:34). Other times he received gifts from one church to support him while planting another (2 Cor 11:8-9). Note however that he never had to! In 1 Corinthians 9 he lays down the theological basis for paying pastors and states that as an apostle he had every right to be paid. However, he chose to lay that right aside for the sake of the churches. Continue reading Paul: A Model for Bivocational Pastors

Paul Preached a Saving Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

“Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”
(1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

I want to look at a text concerning the gospel. My hope is that our salvation will not be assumed because of church attendance or family relations, but that it will be assured because of personal faith in Christ and true biblical repentance. First Corinthians 15 tells us a few things about the importance of the gospel message in Paul’s preaching and in the life of a church. Observe: Continue reading Paul Preached a Saving Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)