2 Peter 1 (ESV)
19 And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
This is the classic New Testament passage for the inspiration of the Bible. As we saw yesterday, Peter knew the voice of God for he heard it with James and John at the mount of Transfiguration. From that day forward Peter knew when God was speaking to him. Peter knew that Paul’s writing were from God and compared Paul’s writings to the rest of the Scriptures. Here we see Peter letting us know that it is good for us to pay attention to God’s prophetic word which will, like a lamp, shine into the darkness of our lives until the day dawns and the morning star of God’s light rises fully in our hearts.
Verse 20 is one that every Bible teacher and preacher needs to heed all of the time. None of us has the liberty to tell you what we think the Scripture says but we need to determine God’s meaning and present it as it was given. Our own interpretation may not be God’s intended message and we must be careful not to misrepresent God!
Verse 21 tells us that no writer of Scripture ever decided on his own to write the Bible. God used men who often were the least likely to succeed to write down His holy words. The Holy Spirit would move in their hearts and when He did these men knew they were writing down God’s words, not their own. When God’s words are read and understood lives change. There is no power in Paul, Peter, Jeremiah, Isaiah or Moses but the power comes through the words given to them by God. Yes, the Bible is filled from cover to cover with the very words of God for us for all time. It has the power to change minds and lives and it is ever relevant to our cultures and lives. It is God’s word.
Someone has said that the Bible is the anvil and those who attack it are the hammers. The anvil is made of much stronger steel than the hammers and many hammers have been worn out attacking this anvil but the anvil remains while the hammers are all broken. Man will never destroy God’s word, no; it will remain forever while men and their ideas will perish. Stand on God’s word. Be steadfast and secure in it.
On Sunday we passed out a list of all church members inviting them in groups to come to our house over the next four Sundays and talk about where our church is going, what our mission is, and what else we might be able to do. If you were not there Sunday let me know and I will let you know which Sunday you have been assigned to. If you cannot make your assigned Sunday you can come on a different one, we just wanted to give all a chance for input.
I hope to see you tonight for prayer.
Have a great day in the Lord,