Daily Reading 11-7-16
2 Peter 1:16-21 New Life Version (NLV)
How do you view Scripture? Is it a historical document, a theological story, a good book of virtues, or is it the inspired Word and revelation of God to humanity about Himself and His will? Your perception will likely determine the measure of authority the Bible is given over your life.
Scripture is filled with times of human interaction with God. In our passage, today, Peter shares the importance of Scripture. Remember, he had the privilege of witnessing the glorification of Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration. Nothing would ever be able to rob him of knowing the truth of that encounter with God or sharing it with others; Peter knows Christ is the enteral Son of God. It is a documented story in the Bible. Peter tells us to trust the Scriptures.
2 Peter 1:16-21
16 We had nothing to do with man-made stories when we told you about the power of our Lord Jesus Christ and of His coming again. We have seen His great power with our own eyes. 17 When He received honor and shining-greatness from God the Father, a voice came to Him from the All-powerful God, saying, “This is My much-loved Son. I am very happy with Him.” 18 We heard this voice come from heaven when we were with Christ on the holy mountain.
19 All this helps us know that what the early preachers said was true. You will do well to listen to what they have said. Their words are as lights that shine in a dark place. Listen until you understand what they have said. Then it will be like the morning light which takes away the darkness. And the Morning Star (Christ) will rise to shine in your hearts.
20 Understand this first: No part of the Holy Writings was ever made up by any man. 21 No part of the Holy Writings came long ago because of what man wanted to write. But holy men who belonged to God spoke what the Holy Spirit told them.
Prayer: Father, thank you for the Scriptures that guide me closer to understanding your heart and love for me. Help me to learn and grow in the Truth. In Jesus’ name. Amen.