Scripture and Commentary
2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy
of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and
Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica,
in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched
daily, whether those things were so.
12 Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable
women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God,
that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For
he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
7 For let not that man think that he shall receive
any thing of the Lord.
8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
|Many believers, pastors included, hold to one doctrine or another.
They argue fervently for their beliefs.
Some of the diversity is regarding whether or not we believe in present-day
miracles, the baptism of the holy spirit, spiritual gifts, eternal security,
sanctification as a second work of grace, and other doctrines.
The Lord is asking us to check into these things. No one has a private
What this means can be classified under these catagories:
No one view can prevail, because no one group has a corner on truth.
All views have to come under the spotlight of God's people agreeing together.
If a pastor or prophet comes into town and starts denouncing other churches,
stay away from him. He is most likely a wolf in sheep clothing, trying
to steal away the flock from the Lord.
If your pastor asks you to cooperate with other churches that don't hold
to the same doctrine, listen to him. As the Lord's man, he is discerning
clearly that these others are fellow-believers.
Each believer is responsible for what he believes, and for subjecting what
he believes to the light of scripture, and the common understandings shared
among other believers. Where areas of disagrement are
found, the true believer will not try and force his beliefs on others,
but will humbly present his views in a way which is open to dialogue. (However,
if he is not satisfied with other interpretations, he will be secure enough
in himself, knowing the promise that is found in the book of James)
| Scripture is taken
from the King James Version of the Bible. We encourage you to familiarize
yourself with other versions also.
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| This commentary
is copyright Rick
Galbraith, March 12, 2002. It is
my "daily devotions," my own study of the Scriptures, and you are invited
to share it with me.