2 Peter 1:1-21
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Focus Verses: 2 Peter 1:19-21
And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will
do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place,
until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
stresses to his readers that the testimony of the Apostles was based
on eyewitness experience, not clever stories they invented (v.16). They
were with Jesus on the mount of transfiguration and heard God's voice
commend him (v.17-18).
What the prophets of old had
spoken was now made certain through Christ Jesus. Prophecy and
scripture, Peter says, are not merely ideas and interpretations that
originate in the minds of men. Rather, Scripture is the result of men
speaking from God, being moved and carried along by God's Spirit.
Response and Action:
need to consider the claims of Scripture carefully. The idea that
Scripture is nothing more than the ideas, opinions, and beliefs of
humans runs contrary to what the Apostle Peter says here. I believe the
Bible is reliable and inspired by God. I will read it and apply it to
my life in the faith that it is from God, useful, and truthful.
God, thank you for your written word. I will pay attention to it, as a
light shining in the darkness. You word is a light for my path and a
lamp to my feet. I seek you, Lord, with all my heart; don't let me stray
from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might
not sin against you. Help me to receive your word so completely that my
life becomes a reflection of your word and a testimony to your truth.
Spiritual Formation Verses: 2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
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