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Are the unlearned and unstable in 2 Pet 3:16 regenerated Christians? 2 Peter 3:16 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. I think Dick Harfield is correct about ...


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The issue of "regeneration" παλινγενεσίας (palingenesias), is not the issue in this passage; the fact that they are "unlearned and unstable" is not a determinant of the whether or not they have been "washed in the water of regeneration"(Tit. 3:5). Rather, as 1 Pet. 2:3, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: ...


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2 Peter chapter 3 begins by referring to the scoffers asking why Jesus has not yet returned, although the early Christians had expected the return within their lifetimes. The apostle Paul was among those early Christians who believed that Jesus would return in his own lifetime - see for example, 1 Thessalonians 4:17: “the dead in Christ will rise first; ...



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