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A TESTIMONY: TRUE AND TRUSTWORTHY (6 of 7)
II Peter 1:16-18
December 8, 2002
INTRODUCTION: If the recipients of this letter wished
to keep their spiritual treasures, they must be
assured that their possessions are genuine. If these
verses Peter presents his message first negatively, in
terms of a disclaimer, and then positively by
revealing the privileged status of an eyewitness.
When Peter wrote this letter to the Asiatic
Christians, evil forces were at work to kill
Christianity. There were heresies, Jewish fables,
heathen myths, and Gnostics wisdom working to confuse
and undermine the faith of true believers. Believers
were seeking and demanding more proof for the
doctrines they held. Peter writes to strengthen their
faith and uses the transfiguration of Jesus as proof
of the trustworthiness of Christian teachings. He
says, in effect, we know what we are talking about
because we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
This event undoubtedly made a deep impression on Peter
for he writes about it a full thirty years after it
occurred. Furthermore, he writes in such a way that
the reader is led to understand that the event still
occupies a place of vividness in the mind of Peter.
He writes as though it had just happened. This
passage, along with vv.19-21, gives positive evidence
as to the DEPENDABILITY OF GOD'S GRACE, the
CREDIBILITY OF THE SAINTS' WITNESS, and the
RELIABILITY OF THE SCRIPTURES.
The Apostle Peter stands on his personal platform and
gives personal witness to his life-changing event.
I. THIS TESTIMONY SERVES AS AN OPPORTUNITY OF
A. NEGATIVE APPROACH OF FALSE WITNESS.
"cunningly devised fables" - mythical stories,
concocting stories and myths in order to get people to
follow him; fiction. Means to invent cleverly.
Manufactured stories that have no basis in fact. Paul
faced the same issues.
1 Timothy 1:4, "nor give heed to fables ...
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