2 Peter 1:12-21 God's Word Is Essential

            GOD’S WORD IS ESSENTIAL
        2 Peter 1:12-21     May 13 2007

   
    The Christian faith is not on merely human
    opinions but on divine revelation. The content
    of our faith was revealed to men who wrote
    the Scriptures under the guidance of God 
    Holy Spirit. If we are to grow spiritually, we
    constantly must sink ourselves into deeper
    and deeper knowledge of God’s Word.

    1. Wake Up (2 Pet. 12-15)

2Pet. 1:12   So I will always remind you of these
things, even though you know them and are firmly
established in the truth you now have. 1:13   I think
it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live
in the tent of this body, 1:14   because I know that
I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has
made clear to me. 1:15   And I will make every effort
to see that after my departure you will always be
able to remember these things.

    Established means "to be fixed firmly." Peter’s
    readers already knew the truths of which he was
    about to remind them. The apostle wanted to
    strengthen their already firm possession of these
    truths.
    Tent of this body (John 1:14; 2Co 5:1 ) Christ has
    made clear to me. Either the revelation recorded in
    (John 21:18-19) or a subsequent one. Always be able
    to remember these things. An aim that was realized,
    whether intentionally or unintentionally, through the
    Gospel of Mark, which early tradition connected with
    Peter.

    2. Have Confidence (2 Pet. 1:16-18)

2Pet. 1:16   We did not follow cleverly invented stories
when we told you about the power and coming of our
Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his
majesty. 1:17   For he received honor and glory from God
the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic
Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am
well pleased.” 1:18   We ourselves heard this voice that
came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred
mountain.

    Cleverly invented stories’s. Peter’s message was based
    on his eyewitness account of the supernatural events
    that marked the life of Jesus. It was not made up of
    myths and imaginative stories as was the message of
    the heretics of(2 Peter 2:3). Coming of our Lord Jesus
    Christ. In Christ’s transfiguration the disciples received
    a foretaste of what his coming will be like when he
    returns to establish his eternal kingdom (Matt 16:28).
    Eyewitnesses of His majesty. A reference to Christ’s
    transfiguration (2 Pet.1:17-18; Matt 16:28-17:8).
    Peter’s message rests on two solid foundations: (1) the
    voice from God at the transfiguration (2 Pet.1: 16-18)
    and (2) the still more significant testimony of
    Scripture (2Pet.1:19-21). An alternative, but less
    probable, view is that the apostles’ testimony to the
    transfiguration fulfills and thus confirms the
    Scriptures that predicted such things. (2 Pet.1:19)
    More certain. Or “very certain.”

    3. Pay Attention (2 Pet. 1:19-21)

2Pet. 1:19   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. 1:20   Above
all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture
came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. 1:21  
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.

    Two major views of this verse are: 1. No prophecy
    is to be privately or independently interpreted ( the
    false teachers in 2 pet.3:16). The Holy Spirit,
    Scripture itself and the church should be included in
    the interpretative process. 2. No prophecy originated
    through the prophet’s own interpretation . The
    preceding and following contexts indicate that this
    view is probably to be preferred. In (2 Pet. 1:16-19)
    the subject discussed is the origin of the apostolic
    message. Did it come from human imaginings, or was
    it from God? In (2 Pet.1:21 again the subject is origin.
    No prophecy of Scripture arose from a merely human
    interpretation of things. This understanding of (2 Pet.
    1:20) is further supported by the explanatory “For”
    with which (2Pet.1: 21) begins. Verse 2Pet.1: 21
    explains 2 Pet.1: 20 by restating its content and then
    affirming God as the origin of prophecy.
    Carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2Tim. 3:16). In the
    production of Scripture both God and man were active
    participants. God was the source of the content of
    Scripture, so that what it says is what God has said.
    But the human author also actively spoke; he was
    more than a recorder. Yet what he said came from
    God. Although actively speaking, he was carried
    along by the Holy Spirit.

        Summary:

            The word translated "departure" in 2 Peter
    1:15 is the Greek word from which we get our word
    exodus. Hebrews 11:22 use this same word to refer
    to Israel’s departure from Egypt. The exodus from
    Egypt was Israel’s departure from slavery.
            New Testament writers sometimes described
    God’s revelation in Christ in terms related to Israel’s
    exodus. God redeemed Israel from slavery in the exodus
    (Ex. 6:6;15:13; Mic. 6:4). Borrowing from Israel’s faith,
    Paul called Jesus’ atonement our redemption (Rom.3:24;
    1 Cor. 1:30; col.1:14). Christ’s death by crucifixion is
    described in Luke 9:31 as His exodus. Paul called Jesus
    our Passover(1 Cor.5:7). Paul , like Peter referred to his
    body as a tabernacle (2 Cor. 5:1;2 Pet.1:13,14).
            Peter did not view his death as the end. He saw
    death as his exodus from this earth to enter the promised
    land of God’s eternal purpose for him.