Sunday, April 21, 2013

2 Peter 1:16-21

16 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” 18 And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. 19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

Vs. 16 The Apostle Peter here begins to affirm that both his own and our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ's Person, Coming and Power, is not in some ancient myths and legends, but in the historic reality of the Living Lord Jesus Christ. Thus Peter here emphasizes both Jesus coming as a Man to which he was privileged to walk and talk with, and be taught by Him, but also to be an eye witness of Jesus' mighty Words and Works during His three and half years of ministry. In this Peter recalls one major event that he himself and the Apostles James and John were exclusive eye witnesses too. And that is the Lord Jesus' transfiguration. That is is what Peter is referring to when he says they were eye-witnesses of His majesty (see Matt 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-8; Luke 9:28-36).

Vs. 17-19 Now it was there on that Mount while with the three apostles that Jesus revealed His Divine Person to them. Indeed it will be that two of the greatest Old Testament figures, Moses and Elijah will appear there with Him, not as equals with Him, but as clearly subservient to Him, to honor Him, so that Jesus might reveal to His Apostles that He truly is the Son of God and has been granted all Authority and Power from God the Father in heaven, to both Redeem, Rule and Judge. And so the Apostle Peter in recalling what took place before their very eyes says that when the Lord Jesus was transfigured before them, and they saw Jesus' Excellent Glory, that God spoke from heaven declaring to them: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Now in the Gospel accounts what was fully said was: "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!" Now if you read the account there the Apostle Peter when he was overcome by fear and awe by that awesome sight made the terrible mistake of trying honor alongside the Lord Jesus Christ both Moses and Elijah, something that can never be. (Therefore all prayers made to all "saints" is clearly a man decreed error and apostasy, since we have only one High Priest Jesus, whom God has commanded that we are to exclusively pray to Him through (Heb 4:14-16). Therefore no man can lawfully take Christ's role of High Priest and Advocate before God the Father onto themselves, Heb 1, 5:4; 1 John 2:1). Nor can they bestow that honor on anyone else, as Peter quickly found out, when he in ignorance said to the other disciples, let us build three tabernacles, one for Moses, one for Elijah and one for Jesus. And thus was promptly rebuked by God for it.
For God has only one Son, the Lord Jesus Christ who was crucified, raised from the dead, and now is seated at the right hand of God. Therefore God commands all people everywhere to honor Him, and Him alone. For He who does not honor the Son of God does not honor the Father who sent Him (John 5:23). Therefore the Apostle Peter in seeking to strengthen the disciples faith in Jesus' Person as God's Son, who came in fulfillment of the prophetic Scriptures (vs. 19), is emphasizing that very fact. That our faith must be in, and our focus on glorifying One Person, the Man of Glory the Lord Jesus Christ. For God has commanded us all to both hear and honor His Son (consider John 12:44-50). And so the Apostle Peter in recalling when Jesus, in the presence of them, was transfigured before them, says that Jesus was fully honored and glorified by His Father in heaven. And thus Peter says of Jesus that He "received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Therefore if God the Father honors His Divine Son in the presence of mortal men who much more must we! And this we do when we believe Him and obey Him. And so the Apostle Peters says not only do we have the prophetic word confirmed, but we are wise indeed if we heed (vs. 19).

Vs. 20-21 Again the Apostle Peter having testified to personally being an eyewitness to the Power and Glory of the Living Lord, and thus having seen the prophetic Word confirmed now adds this: 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

And so we know that  no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for it did not come by the will of man, but through holy men who God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. For if man had then it is highly, highly, highly unlikely that they would've written about the long awaited and anticipated Messiah being crucified! Indeed not just crucified, but risen, then ascended back to God the Father waiting until all His enemies are made His footstool! And not just for the Jews (but also for the Gentiles who will believe in Him!) Indeed the Jews long holding onto Moses and the covenant God made exclusively with them would not have written about a New Covenant by which through the Lord Jesus Christ's broken body and shed blood there would be made an entrance for all to enter the Kingdom of heaven by their faith in Jesus. And so we have the prophetic Word of God confirmed. The question is what are you going to do with it? For when God sends out His Word into the world He demands a response from us. For God in the fullness of time sent His Son Jesus to fulfill His Word by His suffering Crucifixion death in our place, and for our sins, so that He might not only save us from our sins and His judgment against us for them, but also bring us to Spiritual life the moment we believe in Jesus. For that is what underlies everything God has done and is doing in the world in seeking our reconciliation to Himself, by not now imputing our sins and trespasses against us (2 Cor 5:21). He through His love for us is extending His grace to us all, so that we all might repent and believe in Him.

The question then is have you done that? Have you in faith acknowledged your sins to God and asked the Lord Jesus Christ into your heart and life, to be your Lord and Savior? If you have not, but do indeed believe then lets settle the matter once and for all. By simply praying something like this Christ will begin a new life with you and within you: Dear Lord Jesus I believe that you were crucified for my sins so that I can have remission of them and new and everlasting life the moment I believe in you. Therefore I now invite you into my heart and life to be my Lord and Savior, in your Name alone Lord Jesus Christ, I call and trust, amen.

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The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982


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