April 27, 2014

Something More Sure – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, 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,” (II Peter 1:19 ESV)

Peter begins this epistle addressing “those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours.” (v.1) And proceeds with powerful assurances that their faith is absolutely, certainly justified. Therefore, they should apply “all diligence” and“moral excellence.” The reason is “we did not follow cleverly devised myths.” He assures them that “we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.” He personally heard the very voice of God on the Mount of Transfiguration. “‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,’ We ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain.” (vv. 16-18). There could be no doubt of God’s special plan for His Son. As eyewitnesses, they bore the onus of bearing witness to the facts.

absolutely correct. Peter said there is something even more powerful. The “something more sure” that he recommends outshines any human testimony. It was the “prophetic Word.” No human being can write history before the events of history occur. Only God can do that. Therefore, when this is done, repeatedly and perfectly, we can know God did it.

Oral or written testimony of human observers, no matter how trustworthy they may be, is still subject to human error and not “inerrant” in the same way as the prophetic Word. Christians must always remember that the written Word, confirmed by prophecy, is more certain than personal memories or impressions. The experiences we have must never be viewed as validating God’s Word. Rather, God’s Word validates our experiences. The early church only had a few portions of the New Testament in those days of beginning, but thankfully, we now have it all and we have ready access to it. Peter recognized that it was superior to any personal testimony.

In view of this teaching of Peter, it is amazing to look at the information many prefer to rely upon, in order to guide them to heaven.

“But, my preacher said…”

“Don’t you know almost everybody thinks…”

“I know in my heart of hearts…”

God’s prophetic word is “something more sure” and therefore is more authoritative and trustworthy.

Adapted from an article by John D. Morris

 

 

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