A More Sure Word

December 12, 2016

2 Peter 1:16-21

For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

 17For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

18And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

 19We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

20Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

21For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

A More Sure Word

Peter is making a statement here that is not based on his opinion or the opinion of others.  There are few things we can be more certain of than when we are the eyewitnesses of an event or happening.  When we not only comprehend it in our minds, but have experienced something so life-changing that touches us in our body, soul and spirit, then nothing is going to move you from the assurance of what you have experienced.  This is where Peter is coming from.  He is not speaking as a Rabbi who has studied the Torah and has an intellectual opinion of it.  He is coming from what he has lived through, seen, tasted, touched, felt and smelled; spiritual, physically and intellectually.  He knows the reality of the Christ, because Christ Jesus has become his life experience.  From that place he speaks these words to us, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.”  This “sure word of prophecy”  is based on the infallible Word of God given by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  They weren’t just the words that men made up out of their imaginations, but these holy men spake them as they were moved upon by the Holy Spirit.  Because these words are above even facts, because they are truth, we do well to give heed to them for they are our illumination dispelling spiritual darkness and bringing us into the light of revelation and truth.  

Based on this position and conviction Peter speaks to us earlier in the chapter and based upon the grace and truth that are multiplied towards us in Christ Jesus, Peter speaks these astounding words in verses three and four.  “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”  What scripture speaks more clearly to us the purpose of the Spirit inspired Word of God and the exceeding great and precious promises contained therein?  Their purpose is to bring us into the divine alignment and be partakers of the divine nature.  

Should we consider this odd considering that we are God’s adopted sons and daughters, joint-heir with Christ as it speaks to us in Romans 8:16-17, “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”  

Why is God’s Word so important to us?  It is the compass that is leading us into the truth and the treasure of all that He is.  Without it we would wander aimlessly, as the world does, content in our former lust and sin, estranged from Author of life and godliness.  Such is not the case with His sons and daughters.  He has quickened us from the dead and made us alive in Him that we might become partakers of this divine nature, having escaped the corruption of world through lust.  Our lust, our desire and what we covet is now Him.  Christ is now the object of our love and desire.  Because He is the burning, pounding pulse of our heart we look through the darkness unto the dawn, awaiting till the fullness of when our Daystar arises in our hearts.  Allow the Spirit and the Word, through faith and obedience, to shape you in His image and pattern you in His glory; for we are partakers of the divine nature.




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