October 13, 2022
13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
Bears rereading: 15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
It isn’t difficult today to find ‘new’ – and very different – exegesis; a concerted effort to remake Scripture in the image of today’s social engineering and denigrating the traditional understanding ‘believed by all, everywhere, for all time’. For this reason, we should “be wise as serpents and harmless as doves”. (Matt 10:16)
I started hearing about this new exegesis probably last year so I did some research into it. Bought a couple of books about it as well. If you are interested to know more, let me know in comments and I’ll give you the book links.
Wise as serpents …