This Day in History: 0000-01-02
2 Peter 1: 19-21 – Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place – until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts. Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.
Yesterday we talked about the Bible being the inspired Word of God. But what exactly does that mean? In this chapter, Peter explains it for us. These verses explain that throughout the whole of Scripture, each prophet did not put his own words on paper. Rather, the Holy Spirit of God filled each of those men and spoke through them.
And that is what it means when we say the Bible is inspired. It means the words they wrote down were the words God spoke. They came straight from Him.
Earlier in the chapter Peter also said this:
2 Peter 1:3 – “By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to Him, the one who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence.”
This chapter of 2 Peter goes on to explain that this power comes through the promises of God throughout the Bible. Peter explains it is those promises that enable us to escape the world’s corruption and share in Christ’s divine nature!
The Bible is so important, and such a precious gift! Let’s never take it for granted! Let’s be people of God, empowered to live godly lives because we have covered ourselves completely in the promises of the Bible! Let’s start today by reading the whole chapter of 2 Peter 1 and taking the time to stop and thank God for His precious Word. Let’s ask Him to speak to us today through this beautiful chapter and to teach us and guide us into His truth! What a gift He has given us!