The Berean Expositor
Volume 52 - Page 166 of 207
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Needless to say with Paul's second commission after Israel had been set aside, his
ministry took a divergent line from a dispensational aspect from Peter's ministry. It was
possibly the ministry concerning the Church of the One Body that found Peter at a loss
when he says "hard to be understood".
Paul's new ministry where no place for the Jew as a Jew resided, must have met
intense opposition. The destiny of that calling "Far above all" would have sparked off
much Satanic opposition. Jewish antagonism would also have been rife when it was seen
that such a calling had no place for Jewish heritage.
"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" (3: 17).
Peter in this letter has discharged the task committed to him by His beloved Lord.
Peter has exhorted and fed the sheep and the lambs with their ordained pasture, the Word
of Life. The need for remembrance, exercise and experience of the things taught has
been pressed. He has given warning of those who would twist the Word and entice them
back to their old ways. Finally he calls for his brethren to grow in grace and knowledge.
Inertia and neglect quickly open the gates to competing interests and the snares of the
enemy. Christ in Rev. 3: 15 expressed an abhorrence of being lukewarm. May we too
burn with zeal for the riches of God's Word . . . . .
"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To
Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen" (3: 18).