The other day, I received the following comment on something I shared on Pinterest…
“Reading about imaginary deities won’t add to your knowledge.”
I get similar comments fairly often and honestly, although they sadden me they no longer surprise me.
What does surprise me are the times when people who identify as Christians but don’t stand in agreement with what the Scriptures say about things like sex, life, hell . . . and the list goes on and on.
There are educators and influencers who approach the Bible with a critical spirit. They analyze it with a negative fault-finding attitude and conclude that there are verses, chapters, and even books of the Bible that do not belong and don’t matter.
In his second letter, Peter wants his readers to know they can count on the truth and integrity of God’s Word.
For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We saw his majestic splendor with our own eyes when he received honor and glory from God the Father.
2 Peter 1:16–17a
The truths in God’s Word are from eyewitnesses!
Peter was there and saw Jesus glorified at the Transfiguration. He saw His nail-marked hands in the upper room after He was resurrected. He saw Jesus ascend into heaven and he experienced the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. He spoke God’s truth as a Holy Spirit inspired eyewitness.
The same Holy Spirit who was directly and intimately involved in the writing of God’s love letter.
Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.2 Peter 1:20–21
The Bible is God’s very Word given to people through people. (LAB Notes)
God worked in and through Moses, David, Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, and many others. Through the Holy Spirit, He inspired them to write His authentic and reliable message to people of every generation.
And through His Word and the power of His Spirit, He continues to work in and through people today.
The world will tout “knowledge.” But I’ve discovered that much of their so-called knowledge is opinion-based and ever-changing. I want a stronger foundation than that. I want eyewitness TRUTH I can rely on today, tomorrow, and forever.
Let’s thank and praise God for using eyewitnesses and the Holy Spirit to give us the TRUTH . . . everything we need to live a godly life.
A Prayer Thanking God for the TRUTH
through Eyewitnesses and the Holy Spirit
Father, thank you for wanting me to know You . . . not just about You but to actually KNOW You. You revealed yourself to people throughout history. You spoke to Moses, Elijah, Isaiah, and others in the Old Testament. You sent Jesus to walk with countless eyewitnesses that we might know Your heart. Then You sent the Holy Spirit that we might KNOW YOU. You are not just a god far out there viewing the world from on high. You are personal, loving, and caring. You are righteous, just, and fair. You are the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Thank you, Lord, for all You have done and continue to do for me. Thank you for Your Word that I might know You. Thank you for inviting me to come to You in prayer. Thank you for giving me faith and for covering me with Your grace, mercy, and love.
I give myself to You. I entrust myself to Your care. Please guide me today and always, give me all I need to trust and obey, and help me that I might live for Your glory. Amen.
I love the way The Message paraphrased 2 Peter 1:3 says this:
Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received!
You and I have been given the best invitation ever . . . an invitation of God’s love! Through the eyewitness accounts of those who know and love the Lord, we can personally and intimately know Jesus. We can have faith that is based on a rock-solid foundation of God’s TRUTH!
On today’s note write:
Praise God for powerfully sharing eyewitness truth through His Holy Spirit inspired Word.
May God bless you today as you grow in His truth and testify to His love.
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