#DailyDevotion The Bible, Sure & Certain Word Of God
2 Peter 119And we have, as something more sure, the prophetic Word. Please look to it as to a light shining in a dark place until the day dawns and the Morning Star rises in your hearts. 20Understand this first, that no prophecy of Scripture came as some private explanation. 21For no prophecy was ever spoken because a man decided to prophecy, but men said what God gave them to say as they were directed by the Holy Spirit.
Peter being a witness to all the miracles of Jesus, being an eyewitness to Jesus glory in the transfiguration and hearing the voice of the Father says that we have something more sure, more certain, the prophetic Word. Just as the Israelites and Moses experienced the LORD in the wilderness and all the power of the LORD yet the LORD provided a written account for them and that Word is sure and certain for us, we also have the prophets and the apostolic record of Jesus’ disciples.
One might say Peter is not referring the New Testament text yet, but no, even in this letter, Peter later refers to Paul’s writings and some of the Gospels are already written at this time. You can depend on God’s Word more than any experience you may have. If Peter who experienced the LORD Jesus Christ’s glory and heard God’s voice from the cloud can say the written word is more sure and certain, you can bet your eternal salvation on relying upon the written Word.
Here we see that the Scriptures, the written word of God, are not some private explanation. The prophecy of Scripture, the books and the written words weren’t written because someone decided to prophecy. No, men said and wrote what God by the Holy Spirit breathed into them to speak and write. You might remember the prophet Balaam who tried to curse Israel but could only pronounce blessing. David was speaking by the Holy Spirit as he wrote the Psalms and so on. The words of the Bible are the very words of the Holy Spirit speaking.
To these Holy Scriptures we are to look as “shining in a dark place until the day dawns and the Morning Star rises in your hearts.” Yes the Word of God is our light in the darkness of the world around us. It guides us as to how God wants us to live. It gives us wisdom if we apply to our dealings with life and people. Most importantly and central is it shows us God’s attitude toward us in Christ Jesus. That attitude is unconditional love based on Jesus’ sacrifice. It tells us about Jesus and what Jesus has done for us to reconcile us to the Father. God’s love in Christ Jesus is our light in a dark place.
Until the day dawns and the morning star rises in our hearts we are to look to the Holy Scriptures, that is when we close our eyes in death and see the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ sitting at the right hand of God the Father. We can never in this life depart from them or not need them to guide us correctly into the kingdom of God. Even as the Israelites when Moses was gone for a short period of time went into apostasy so we too continually need the Scriptures to guide all our thinking, actions and faith.
Heavenly Father, you have given us the more sure and certain, the reliable written Word so we may know your will towards us. Grant us the same Holy Spirit who wrote them to write them on our hearts so we may have faith and enter your kingdom. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.