âOn Guardâ 2 Peter 1:16-21; 3:17
When facing a threat to our safety, we respond. We jump to action. When we see someone else facing a real threat, most of us donât stay silent. We do something. We say something. We act to prevent the danger. This isnât new to our day and age. We are about to read an account where one of the apostles addressed a spiritual threat that was coming into the church. As we look at the way he engaged with his readers, he also reminds us of some timeless truths for our lives.
Read 2 Peter 1:16-21
Paraphrase: âYou are not just listening to one personâthat is often foolish. You are surrounded by leaders and other believers in the faith. We are in this together and we are seriously following the truthânot things that are posing as the truth or myths that have been made up. What we share with you concerning the Second Coming of the Lord and His personal presence in our lives is based on solid evidence. We have literally seen with our eyes His gloryâa moment when, because of His perfection, He could have stepped into heaven without dyingâand we have heard God the Fatherâs direct endorsement of Jesus with our own ears. More so, the Holy Spirit has also confirmed the truth we follow through the Scripture and told of Christâs coming. We continue to trust the Spiritâs ability to give us more revelation (more light) through the Bible for our path so that we will not stumble or fall. Men have been involved in bringing us Godâs Word, but it was through the power of the Holy Spirit and He is the One who unravels, unties and unpacks the Scripture.â
1) Peter affirms the Bible
â¢ The Bible is a reliable collection of historical documents:
- 40 authors (at least)â¦ over 1,500 yearsâ¦ in 3 languagesâ¦ on 3 continents
- And yet, it is miraculously consistent
â¢ No book has been more validated:
- Over 23,000 archeological digsâ¦ names, places and people citedâ¦ scrutiny by critics
â¢ The work by scholars is breathtaking:
- Researchingâ¦ comparingâ¦ evaluatingâ¦ meticulously translatingâ¦ verifyingâ¦
â¢ Compared with other ancient documents:
- If you compare the original manuscripts for the NT with those of other ancient writers, the NT has an overwhelming amount of substantiation, both in:
- The number of originals
- The brief amount of time between the events and the writing being done
2) He identifies the threat
â¢ He doesnât ignore it â he combats it with the truth
â¢ He doesnât dance around it â he calls what is false, false
â¢ He engages on the issues
â¢ 1 Timothy 4:16 - âwatch your life and doctrine closelyâ¦ to save both you and your hearersâ¦â
3) He addresses our attitude
â¢ We are to expect problems
â¢ We are to strengthen & refresh ourselves by the presence of the Lord (prayer, worship, etc.)
â¢ We are to fight the right enemy
â¢ Love the Word and expect the Lord to open His Word up to us
â¢ Read and spend time in the Bible
â¢ Discuss it with others
â¢ Memorize it
â¢ Be open to correction
1) What prevents you from spending more time reading the Bible (busyness, doubt, familiarity, etc.)? How can you change that?
2) Do you have a set time to read the Bible each day? If so, when is it? If not, when is the best time to put it in?
3) How much Scripture have you committed to memory? What can you do to start (or re-start) âhiding the Word of God in your heartâ?