Friday, January 29, 2010

#Grow In Your #Knowledge Of #Christ (2 Peter 1B)

Theme: Grow in knowledge of Christ

2) By paying attention to prophecy (1:12-21)

The prophecy Peter refers to seems to concern "the day of God" (3:12), and include such last day events as the destruction of the present heavens and earth, the creation of a new heaven and earth (3:12-13), the coming of Christ's eternal kingdom (1:11), the rescue of the righteous (2:7), and the eternal destruction of the unsaved (2:9). 

This passage seems to give you several reasons to pay attention to prophecy.

Because pastors die (1:12-15)

Peter knew his death could happen at any time, because Jesus told him in advance (John 21:18-19). Since he would not be around to remind believers of the events surrounding Christ's coming, he wanted to prepare them to call these things to mind at any time after his departure. 

You may have a spiritual leader you trust to feed you God's word and warn you of danger. Since you could loose them at any time, you should grow in your knowledge of Christ by paying attention to prophecy.

Because witnesses confirm prophecy (1:16-18)

When Christ appeared to Peter on the Mount of Transfiguration (Mt. 17:1-8), He gave him a preview of the glory of His coming kingdom. Christ's kingdom was much prophecied in the OT (Isaiah, Jeremiah), and Peter saw its coming glory with his own eyes. You should pay attention to prophecy because eyewitnesses confirm it.

Because prophecy exceeds eyewitness accuracy (1:19-21). 

Personal experience is a useful testimony to the truth of God's word, but is not as reliable or accurate as Scripture itself. The prophecies recorded in God's word are even "more sure" than Peter's eyewitness account. You should pay attention to prophecy because it exceeds the accuracy of eyewitness testimony.

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