God’s truth is absolute. It bears no additions, no subtractions. False interpretation and misguided opinions are no excuse for failing to follow the truth. Jesus said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). He also said that God’s word is truth, ultimate spiritual truth (John 17:17).
Peter’s second letter deals much with false teachers and the eternal damage they can do. It is by the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord that we know grace and peace (2 Pet. 1:2). Knowledge of the Bible is surely the best defense against false doctrine. A well-rounded acquaintance with the Scriptures will enable us to resist Satan’s lies, as Jesus did during the Temptation. If we know the truth, we can recognize error and refuse to follow it. Paul wrote, “Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming” (Eph. 4:14).
Knowledge of the Bible also helps us to stand ready to help those who honestly seek the truth. Apologetics in Biblical studies is the practice of being able to defend and explain the truth. “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Pet. 3:15). Some are honestly mistaken and sincerely wrong. Let us help them. Stay tuned…
To be a child of God is the greatest privilege we have, but we also have responsibility. May God bless us all as we work with his Spirit to develop the character the Father expects of his children. TC