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AN ENCOURAGING RELIABLE WORD (7 of 7)
2 Peter 1:18-21
December 15, 2002
INTRODUCTION: It is interesting to note the
importance that Peter places on this "more sure word
of prophecy." The first two evidences he mentions:
eyewitnesses of His majesty, and the voice from the
excellent glory, are brief and transitory. They heard
the voice which lasted only a moment as it faded away.
Then they saw the excellent glory for only a few
sacred minutes and it was over. Today, we cannot hear
the voice or see the glory, but we can examine the
Word of Prophecy and when we do, we find that it only
confirms what has been said about the other two. Both
the sight and the sound were experienced only by
Peter, James, and John, while the Word of Prophecy has
been preserved for all to examine. In other words,
the things which Peter heard and saw while on the
Mountain of Transfiguration have served to confirm the
prophetic doctrines concerning Jesus Christ and His
I. ILLUMINATION OF THE WORD. 19
A. RELIABILITY OF THE SCRIPTURES.
"And so we have the prophetic word confirmed" - or "we
also have the more sure prophetic word."
Two views on this text:
1. We have the word of prophecy as a surer
confirmation of God's truth than what we saw
ourselves. For example, Old Testament testimony is
more convincing than even the voice heard at the
Many believe that Peter is ranking Scripture over
experience. The prophetic Word (Scripture) is more
complete, more permanent, and more authoritative than
the experience of anyone. More specifically, the Word
of God is a more reliable verification of the teaching
about the person, atonement, and second coming of
Christ than even the genuine first-hand experiences of
the Apostles themselves.
2. Many feel that the Transfiguration and other events
of Jesus' life make the unfulfilled Old Testament
prophecies about the coming ...
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