The Book of Second Peter

Lesson 5 - "The Scripture"

by Pastor Frank J. Cuozzo

Pastor Frank Cuozzo

II Peter 1:19-21, “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: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 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.”

We started a new series from II Peter entitled “The family of like precious faith.  We already talked about the power, the promises and the partakers of this precious faith, we looked at adding to our faith these seven things (virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity), we saw that having “these things” in our lives had several promises attached to them, and we looked at Peter’s account of the transfiguration of Christ. Today we want to look at what Peter wrote concerning the Scriptures, God’s Holy Word.

Peter here refers to God’s word as the “scripture.” The word “scripture” comes from a word meaning “writings.” As a family of like precious faith, Peter is considering the writings-- and not just any writings, but the writings of God. The term scripture is a favorite expression used by the Lord Jesus Christ when speaking of His word.

The Old Testament prophet Daniel said in Daniel 10:21, “But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth.” The Bible speaks of itself as “the scripture of truth.” In other words, these writings are not simply writings of men, they are writings of truth.

God has written a book that is forever settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89) and are writings of truth because they are the writings of God. The term “Bible” comes from the word “Biblos” meaning “book.” It is THE BOOK! Hebrews 10:7 says, “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.”

Among many millions of books in this world, there is only one that can rightly be called “THE BOOK.” It is the Bible! And so we refer to the Bible not only as “the book,” “the scriptures,” “the writings of truth,” and “the writings of God,” but also as the “Word of God.” Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

The Bible is THE WORD OF GOD! When you open your Bible, you find that the Bible begins with God. Genesis 1:1 begins with these words, “In the beginning God.” The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to man. God reveals Himself to us through His word. Do you know God? You can know Him by placing your faith and trust in the free gift of salvation through Christ. The Bible says in Romans 10:17 that “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Let’s look at some things,

#1) The Scriptures are sure.

Peter said in II Peter 1:19, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed.” The Bible is a “sure” word of prophecy! We know that Peter here in II Peter chapter one is talking about his experience with Christ. In II Peter 1:16-18 he records his account of Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration. 2 Peter 1:16-18 says, “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. 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. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.”

Peter was an eyewitness of the glorified Christ! He was there and heard the voice of God. He wrote this epistle under the inspiration of God’s Spirit and said, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy.” What could be more sure than being an eyewitness of His glory? It’s the Word of God!

We live in an age of uncertainty, but what Peter says here is for all generations for all people and for all time. He is saying that you can count on the Word of God in an unchanging world. It is sure, it is settled, it’s God’s word!

#2) The Scriptures shine.

II Peter 1:19 says, “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.”

The Lord Jesus is known as the “Day Star.” When you study the Bible, the greatest commentary on the Bible is the Bible itself. The way we interpret Scripture is comparing Scripture with Scripture. Revelation 22:16 says, “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.”

According here to II Peter 1:19, the day star is going to arise in our hearts. The day star is the bright and morning star. The Scriptures shine just as the Lord Jesus shines. He is the “Living Word.” John 1:1 & 14 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.”

In John 8:12 Jesus said that He was the light of the world, “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

Just as Jesus is light, so is the Word of God as it illuminates the believers heart and life.

-Psalm 119:105 says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

-Psalms 119:130, “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.”

-Proverbs 6:23, “For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light.”

In the dark world in which we live, lost souls need the light of God’s word for salvation. As believers living in that dark world, we need the light of God’s word to guide us and show us His way! We need His light and His direction.

We said that the Scriptures are sure and that they shine,

#3) The Scriptures are Spirit given.

Once again look with me at II Peter 1:20, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is on any private interpretation.” In this context, scripture is referring to ALL scripture. The Bible is saying about itself that it is not for any private interpretation. In other words, private has to do with being careful not to take any passage out of the Bible and try to prove some private interpretation apart from the other scriptures. Every false belief and cult practices this private interpretation.

II Peter 1:21 answers two questions. The first part tells us about how the scriptures did not come and the second part tells us how the scriptures did come. Look at the first part, it says, “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man.” The Bible did not originate with man. It did not originate with man’s thoughts, with man’s mind or with man’s need. Remember these writings of truth are the writings of God. So how did they come to pass? That’s the second part of verse 21 where it says, “But holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

God has given His Word to man by diving revelation by His Holy Spirit. By Holy Spirit inspiration, Holy Men of God were moved to record the Word of God. They wrote as Jesus said in Matthew 4:4, “Every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 2:13, “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”

Paul also wrote in 1 Thessalonians 2:13, “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.”

II Timothy 3:16 says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God.”

We do not worship the Bible, we worship the God of the Bible! But if we are going to love Him as we ought to love Him, then we ought to give heed to His Word! As Peter says we are a family of like precious faith, let’s make much of God’s Word. Let’s read it, meditate on it, memorize it and be doers of it like never before!!

Let’s pray.

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