Daily Reading: Daniel 2; 2 Peter 1
So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. (2 Peter 1:19, NASB95)
What’s Peter saying about the prophetic word? To what does he compare it? Peter is writing to Christians who are being led astray by false teachers. They have learned the basics of the faith, but now they are being enticed by those who are teaching cleverly devised tales and destructive heresies, living a life of sensuality and greed (2 Pet. 1:16; 2:1-3). Peter calls them to reaffirm their faith in Christ, who is producing His fruit in those who know Him (1 Pet. 1:10-11). Peter teaches that the Scriptures are stamped with a guarantee.
- Biblical prophecy has always been the greatest of foundations for life, as it has never come from the human will, but from God (2 Pet. 1:21).
- Peter was an eyewitness of the Lord Jesus Christ on the mount of transfiguration (2 Pet. 1:16-18). He saw the majesty of the Lord and heard God speak, confirming who Jesus is.
- This testimony is the fulfillment of Scripture (Ps. 2; 22; Is. 53; Lk. 24:44-47). It’s not based on human interpretation but God’s own word.
When God speaks in Scripture, people should know that it will come to pass. Because of the speaker, there is no doubt that all will be fulfilled. It is like a lamp that shines in a dark place. The reality of which it speaks will be like the dawning of the sun after going through a dark night with only a lamp. Hope in the promises will not disappoint, but instead can only give us a taste of the incredible future that is yet to come. Hope in the God of Scripture is a better foundation than any other philosophy, religion, or way of life. Do you live with a certainty that God’s word will come to pass? How is Scripture like a light in this dark world?