The Source of Peter’s writings

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2 Peter 1

16 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.

17 For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

18 And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.

When the Bible writers talk about something being true and trustworthy we can be absolutely certain that it is. And while they, led by the Holy Spirit to write what they wrote, need not defend the source of their truth, they often do.

Peter has just given us some “things” to add to our lives and is so determined that “these things” be added that he reviews them, reminds us of them, and then promises to make sure that after his death we are still reminded of “these things.” Now he takes “these things” one step further and tells us that he did not make any of this up nor did he follow the cunningly devised fables of others.

Have you ever been asked where you got a certain story or a certain belief? “Where did you get that?” is often asked with a sneer and is not an honest request for core sources. Perhaps Peter had gotten that response at times in his life so he wants us to know that the very source of his teachings is God himself. Peter was one of three eyewitnesses to the majesty of Jesus Christ and these three heard the very voice of God coming out of heaven. Peter knew the voice of God, saw the glory of God in Jesus Christ, and only wrote what he heard from God.

Yes, God inspired the Bible writers. Yes, what they wrote had and still has the authority of God behind it. Yes, when we live submitted to the entirety of God’s word we benefit greatly from living the wisdom and grace of God every day.

Over the past three days I have had three heavy situations regarding people and their marriages or other important relationships. Do pray for one another. Pray that we would all live submitted to the Word and the Spirit and would be careful to honor the Lord together. When happiness becomes the goal people suffer. When bitterness lives between, people suffer. When confusion lives, people suffer. God calls us to obey and promises joy. God calls us to forgive and promises reconciliation. God calls us to peace and confusion leaves. Pray for one another.

 

Our teens were greatly moved by God at the Dare2Share conference. Their testimonies Sunday were a thrill to hear. There is a battle for the lives of our children and the people at Dare2Share are fighting for our teens to live for Christ and to openly testify of Him.  All of us could benefit from this emphasis to share our faith.

Have a great day in the Lord,
PS

 

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