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January 1st, 2013

The Prophetic Word

“And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, 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, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation.” 2 Peter 1:19-20 (ESV)

“Is the calling of Christ worth dying for?” This was the central question on the mind of early Christians as they watched their friends and family be put to death for the sake of Christ. In order to encourage them, Peter reassures them of the certainty of God’s faithfulness evidenced in Scripture. Peter’s assurance in the worth of this cause rests not in miraculous events nor myths devised by man, but rather the Holy Spirit inspired Word of God.

To make his point in a greater way, Peter takes us on a journey back in time to the Mount of Transfiguration, upon which Peter experienced the glory of Christ unlike any other. He saw the glorified Son of God conversing with Moses and Elijah! What an incredible spectacle! For Peter, though, this event only had significance when placed in the greater narrative of salvation collected in the Prophetic Word. The Prophetic Word, then, is a more sure foundation for our sacrifice than even the Mount of Transfiguration! You don’t need a mountaintop spectacle to sure up your faith, for you hold God’s full revelation of Himself every day in your hand.

Take comfort, dear friend, in knowing that the Bible (inspired by the Holy Spirit of course) is source enough for our faith, reminding us of God’s faithfulness in calling us to redemption and providing a path for that redemption. Treasure this W0rd for the jewel that it is. Rely upon it in times of distress and call upon it in times of persecution. The Prophetic Word is the most sure instrument we have in reminding us of Christ’s great worth and encouraging us to persevere even when times get hard.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 359:  2 Peter, Jude)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 at 1:00 am
Category 2 Peter, Prophecy, Word of God.
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