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A More Sure Word Of Prophecy (3 of 7)
THE BOOK OF II PETER
II Peter 1:16-21
May 9, 2007
INTRODUCTION: Last week our message was entitled The Urgency of the Hour. Peter, like Paul, knew that the "time of his departure was at hand," and he wanted these persecuted Christians to be able to stand fast in the midst of their trials—to be able to faithfully give out the gospel, in spite of what it may cost them. In order to do that, they must determine to live by the Word of God and mold their lives according its teachings. In (vv. 12-15), Peter said, Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.
Now, this evening, we will pick up the final part of the chapter, with Peter's emphasis on the validity and the source of the Scriptures. Keep in mind; the faith and strength of these early believers rested on what they had been taught and what they had read from the Scriptures. The same is true for all believers—we must be assured that what we have in our hands is God's infallible and inerrant Word. And before I go any further, let me just say; you can trust your Bible!
QUOTE: John Wesley, the 18th century founder of the Methodist Church, said, "I am a Bible-bigot. I follow it in all things, both great and small."1
Three things about Peter's statement, "We have a more sure word of prophecy." It is...
I. Divinely Revealed
II. Publicly Declared
III. Spiritually Inspired
I. DIVINELY REVEALED (VV. 16-18)
Peter is speaking of those who had attacked the veracity of the disciples' story concerning the death, burial and resurre ...
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