Apostle Grace Lubega
2 Peter 3:16 (KJV); As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
If you study the context of our theme scripture, you will realise that Peter was making reference to the teachings of Paul and his message of the grace of God. He makes it clear that some of these teachings were hard to understand and as such, unlearned and unstable men applied them to their own destruction.
This teaches us that it is important to understand Paul’s message if you are to rightfully apply the scriptures.
If you apply them the wrong way, you destroy not just yourself but those around you.
What then is the rightful application of the scriptures?
You can only apply the Word the right way when you study it with the consciousness that you are a new creature in Christ. The understanding of present truth is the starting point of the rightful application of the scriptures.
The people in our theme scripture destroyed themselves because they did not understand the message of God’s grace.
Present truth will teach you to rightfully apply the scriptures on healing, to understand that divine health is your portion because you were already healed (1 Peter 2:24). Present truth will teach you to rightfully apply the scriptures on righteousness because you will understand that your sins were forgiven and righteousness is a gift (Romans 4:5). Present truth will teach you to apply the right scriptures on deliverance because you will understand that you have been translated from the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of God’s Son (Colossians 1:13).
FURTHER STUDY: 2 Corinthians 5:17, 2 Timothy 2:15
GOLDEN NUGGET: You can only apply the Word the right way when you study it with the consciousness that you are a new creature in Christ. The understanding of present truth is the starting point of the rightful application of the scriptures.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. I thank You for the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of who You are. The Bible says that if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old is gone and the new has come. I know who I am and what Christ has done in me. It is with this understanding that I apply the scriptures to my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.