What does it mean that the Bible is “inspired by God”? The Apostle Peter testified to the authority of the Scriptures, both New Testament eyewitness accounts and the writings of Old Testament prophets who were carried along by the Holy Spirit. Alistair Begg examines this crucial topic and exhorts us to trust fully in the sufficiency of the Bible, relying on its revealed truth as our means to meet God and grow in our faith.
12Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. 13I think it right, as long as I am in this body,8 to stir you up by way of reminder, 14since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. 15And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.
16For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son,9 with whom I am well pleased,” 18we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. 19And 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, 20knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. 21For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
The Apostle Peter sent his second letter into an environment where false teaching was on the rise and moral carelessness was beginning to take root among the people of God. To oppose these challenges, he reminded his readers of the Gospel truths they already knew – truths that provide the necessary basis for growing to Christian maturity. These same truths are vitally important to 21st century Christians: we, too, must study to deepen our knowledge of God's Word, relying on its authority and sufficiency to guide our beliefs and behavior. We, too, must guard against false teaching and error, and we too must look forward to Christ's sure return.
We invite you to join Alistair Begg in remembering anew that by God’s divine power, He has given believers everything we need for the commencement, the continuance, and the completion of the Christian life. Such truth is, as Peter described it, truly a “great and precious promise.”
|Grace and Peace||2 Peter 1:1-4|
|The Great Escape||2 Peter 1:8-11|
|An Eyewitness Account||2 Peter 1:12-21|
|False Teachers Among You, Part One||2 Peter 2:1-10|
|False Teachers Among You, Part Two||2 Peter 2:10-22|
|The Day of the Lord||2 Peter 3:1-13|
|Grow In Grace||2 Peter 3:14-18|