This Day in History: 0000-01-02
January 2 – 2 Peter 1: 19–21
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 does that mean? In this chapter, Peter (one of the twelve disciples and one of the three closest to Jesus) speaks passionately about the Holy Scriptures paired with the power of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers. These verses in particular explain that throughout the whole of Scripture, each prophet was “moved by the Holy Spirit, and spoke from God.” And that is what it means when we say the Bible is inspired. It means each writer did not put his own words to paper. Rather, the Holy Spirit of God filled each of those special men and spoke through them. It means the words they wrote down were the words God spoke. They came straight from Him. In verse 3, Peter tells his audience:
“By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life.”
Later he explains that this power comes through the promises of God throughout the Bible. He says, it is those promises that enable us to escape the world’s corruption and share in His 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!