Several times in the last few weeks I have seen several authors say that Peter didn’t understand the things that Paul wrote. I’ve heard this many times in my little life and I am to the point of being offended deeply by it.
Peter’s supposed ignorance is based on 2 Peter 3 where Peter says about Paul, “As also in all his [Paul’s] epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood.”
Based on this, Paul-lovers say, “See? Peter was too stupid to understand Paul! Why read Peter then? He’s dumb.” This offends me for two main reasons, and about 35 smaller reasons, which I will skip.
1) Peter had some shortcomings in his life, no doubt about that. He had some fears of people. But Peter is cool. No Christian I’ve ever met has any right to bash Peter. Pentecost alone is enough to silence any critics.
2) Scripture has to be distorted to make this point. I’ve never heard anyone treat 2 Peter 3 expositionally and say Peter didn’t understand Paul. But I see a lot of people claim this and throw this verse in as a reference in parentheses.
Peter says who doesn’t understand Paul. He explains, “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.”
Peter is talking about genuinely stupid people, not himself! Notice he says “They” not “we” or “I.” Not only do they not get Paul, they don’t get the other Scriptures either!
To think that Paul’s stuff is deeper than anyone else’s stuff is to play fast and loose with this thing called “inspiration.” There’s one author of the whole book.
Based on how people handle the other scriptures, like Moses, Ezekiel, Solomon, Matthew, James, there’s no way you can convince me Paul is harder to understand than anyone else.
There’s one Author. Know Him and you’ll understand the Book.