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About-Him.Com Devotional 03-27-2010
2Peter 1:12-21 - Not Followed Cunningly Devised Fables
Text: 2Peter 1:12 ¶ 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.
13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;
14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.
15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.
Last week, we mentioned the spiritual disciplines that we are to add to our faith, to keep our calling and election sure. These are: Virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and charity (2peter 1:5-7). Peter, knew that he would soon be martyred for the faith, as predicted by Jesus (Jn. 21:13). Thus he wrote his two epistles, that these things would be always in our remembrance. Heresies and false doctrines, such as that of the Gnostics, were already threatening the church (1Jn. 2:18) and false prophets would soon appear, who would make merchandise of the gospel (2Peter 2:3). We have a lot of that today, don’t we?
Text: 2Peter 1:16 ¶ For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
Perhaps Peter is referring to the many pagan religions who held that their various gods had been incarnated in flesh and walked in this world as men. However, today there is an onslaught of movies and literature that claim that the resurrection of Jesus was faked so that the apostles could start themselves a new religion.
Peter counteracts this foolishness by rehearsing the things that he had seen and heard (Acts 4:20, (1Jn 1:3). He along with James and John had been eyewitnesses (Luke 1:12) of the majesty of the Lord on the Mount of Transfiguration. I like the way that Adam Clark describes it: “Here the indescribable majesty of the great God was manifested, as far as it could be, in conjunction with that human body in which the fullness of the Divinity dwelt.”
A man named Josh McDowell was a college professor who set out to debunk the bible accounts of the resurrection of Jesus. After examining the gospel accounts, he concluded that he was wrong and that the gospel accounts could not be refuted. Thus he was converted and later headed the Campus Crusade for Christ. In his book, Evidence That Demands a Verdict, he points out that if the apostles and other eyewitnesses were examined in a court of law, their testimony would have to be accepted as true.
Twelve apostles went to the ends of the earth proclaiming the gospel and all but John were martyred. Jesus had shown Himself alive to about five hundred people at one time and their testimony would have to be accepted. How likely is it that a dejected and beaten down band of twelve men would rise up against the Jewish establishment, and the power of Rome, to proclaim a new gospel, unless what they were proclaiming were true? Sheer lunacy otherwise.
What compelled the apostles, who had once huddled behind closed doors, to boldly proclaim that God had made the Jesus whom they had crucified, both Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36). What drove Thomas to go to a martyr’s death in India, except he had seen the nail scars of the Lord and proclaimed Him as, “My Lord and my God.”
Text: 2Peter 1: 19 ¶ We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Peter says in effect, “Don’t just take our word for it, look at the prophesies that came from holy men of old. They didn’t just speak anything that came to mind but only spoke as they were moved by the Spirit of God.” The prophets gave many prophesies of the coming of Jesus and all were fulfilled. For example, Psalms 2 tells of the reign of God’s anointed and Psalms 22 and Isaiah 53 describe His suffering in vivid detail. Daniel foretold the year of His death (Dan. 9:25), and it was fulfilled to the day. Micah foretold the place of His birth in an obscure town called Bethlehem and the wise men found Him there (Mi. 5:2).
Luke said that Jesus showed Himself alive after His resurrection by many infallible proofs, being seen of the people for forty days and speaking of things pertaining to the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3).
Peter urges us to consider the prophesies of old and hold them dear to our hearts until the dawning of a new day , when Jesus, the bright and morning star appears (Rev. 22:16). I believe that events of this earth show us that this age is coming to a close.
The same prophets who foretold the death and resurrection of Jesus also wrote of His exaltation and enthronement in an eternal kingdom (Dan. 2:44, 7:9). Zechariah foretold the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem (Zec. 9:9) and it was noted in Matthew 21:5 and John 12:15 as being fulfilled. Zechariah also prophesied that the millennial reign of Jesus when He will be King over all the earth (Zec. 14:9). If the prophesy of the triumphal entry was fulfilled, we can rest assured that the prophesy of the millennial reign will be fulfilled also.
We are looking for the Daystar to appear, also known in scripture as the bright and morning star (Rev. 22:16). We also have the statements of Jesus to consider. He foretold his death and resurrection and also His second coming. The prophesies of His death and resurrection were fulfilled, so I think we can trust that the prophesies of His second coming will be fulfilled also. Likewise if the Old Testament prophesies of His first coming were accurately and literally fulfilled, so will be the many prophesies of His second coming.
These exhortations of the apostle Peter are all the more necessary today. We believe that Jesus is returning soon and we all want to be able to meet Him with joy. If He doesn’t come soon, many of us will have gone by the way of the grave. One way or the other, we will meet Him!
"All the great temptations appear first in the region of the mind and can be fought and conquered there. We have been given the power to close the door of the mind. We can lose this power through disuse or increase it by use, by the daily discipline of the inner man in things which seem small and by reliance upon the word of the Spirit of truth. It is God that worketh in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure. It is as though He said, 'Learn to live in your will, not in your feelings." - Amy Carmichael
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