2 Peter 1:20–21
20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
In this verse we have one of the most comprehensive statements on the inspiration of the Bible. It teaches us that no one woke up and decided to write down the Scriptures. No one, in a moment of frustration, decided to write something in hopes of getting the attention of his audience. No one with a creative dream decided to write it down and start a religion. No one had a vision apart from the Holy Spirit and wrote it down to be thought holy. The Bible is a book that was written only when holy men of God spoke when they were moved by the Holy Spirit to do so.
With that understanding, we understand that the Bible is God’s words to man. We understand that the book we hold in our hands is the inscripturated word of God. We also understand that what we read in the Bible is God’s unique message to us.
There are a few points of verifying the words of a prophet. One question we must ask is this, did his prophecies come true? Many of the OT prophet’s prophecies did come true. Those that did not were not supposed to yet. Secondly, did the prophet’s prophecies agree with the prophecies of other prophets? Again, as we read the OT we find a common theme of redemption throughout the OT and the NT. Since the Holy Spirit of God was behind all true prophecies then the words the prophets spoke and recorded agree with one another, and they do.
Having said this, let’s look at the first part of this verse today. “No prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation.” That means that no one has the right or authority to make the Scripture say what they want it to say. I cannot make up an interpretation. I must study the Word to find out what God meant when He gave it and seek to understand His meaning and interpret it from there. When we determine what God meant when He gave His word then the word of God has the power and the authority to save our souls and to change our lives.
It is Wednesday and this is the first devotional of the week. So sorry to be inconsistent with this.
In reading for Sunday’s upcoming message I was reminded that God alone wants us to place our trust and our confidence in Him. We cannot trust the Supreme Court, the politicians, the laws or even the Constitution. God wants us to have confidence and security in Him. As we pray for our country, and we had better be praying for it, we must at the same time place our confidence in the perfect will of God. He is in control and is preparing the world for His ultimate plans and purposes.
Join us for tonight’s prayer time. We will be praying fervently for our country and for the souls of men and women in our community.
Pray for a man named Tony who needs to make a life-changing decision. It is difficult for him and we are praying that he will follow the Lord in this decision.
Have a great day in the Lord, PS