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2 Peter 3:1–2

1 Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior,

When analyzing the authenticity of an argument, the character of the person speaking is of great importance.  If I were to look up at the sky and tell you that a tornado was coming to day, you would not worry too much.  But if a weatherman were to look into her charts and analyze the data and tell you that a tornado was coming today, you would have a different response.  The character and background of the person speaking has great weight on the argument being weighed.

The person making this statement in 2 Peter 3 is none other than the very Apostle Peter.  Peter spent three and a half years with Jesus.  He was one of the three favorites with James and John.  He walked on water with Jesus. He was at the transfiguration.  Peter was a bona-fide Apostle!  So, what Peter was writing about Jesus, about the church, and about the Bible had the greatest authority behind it.

What did Peter say about the Bible?  Look at verse 2.  He puts the Scriptures, that is the words spoken by the holy prophets, on the same level as the writings of the apostles.  Verse 1 he tells us that he is writing a second letter to remind them of the spiritual lessons they had heard and then he puts the writing of “us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior” on the same level of authority as the writings of Moses, David, Samuel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel and the rest.  Either Peter was a great liar or he was telling the absolute truth.

You know what I believe about this. I stand with the leaders of the early church who having the original letters of Peter put them on the same level as the writings of Paul, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  They believed that the New Testament writers were just as inspired as the Old Testament writers.  They accepted this as fact because Peter knew that he was writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit just as the prophets did.

Therefore, take heed when you read the New Testament to give it the same authority as you would the Old Testament prophets. It is the authoritative word of God to us.

Mother’s Day was a blessing indeed.  Our church service was a joy both in honoring moms and exalting the Savior.  It was good for us to have Pastor Steven bring the message to us.  God did speak through Him to us and we are grateful for Steven’s lessons that he learned from Romans 1 and shared with us.  My parents came over to lunch with us along with Steven and Rachel and family.  Then we drove out to Bobbi’s mom’s house and spent some time with them. 

It was also a joy yesterday to see Sandra baptized.  What a thrill to see an adult woman come to Christ and desire to be baptized and follow Him.  It was a great moment for her life and for the life of our church.  Pray for Sandra and her new life in Jesus.

Have a great day in the Lord, PS

 

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