The Word of GodOctober 4, 2020
The Word of God
Knowing God Personally
2 Peter 1:16-21
How do you value the Word of God?
The word “know” or “knowledge” is used in this letter.
Before dealing with false teachers (in chapter 2), who were denying the reality of Christ’s return and His judgment, Peter emphasizes his authority as an eyewitness of Christ’s glory – on the Mount of Transfiguration, as well as the authority of God-inspired Scripture. In order to discern God’s will we must be grounded in His truth as revealed by the Holy Spirit and recorded in the Bible.
1. The Bible’s (v. 16a)
Christianity is a truth claim about .
“The New Testament was complete, or substantially complete, about AD 100, the majority of the writings being in existence twenty to forty years before this. . . . Both the authenticity and the general integrity of the books of the New Testament may be regarded as finally established.”
– F.F. Bruce, “The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?”
2. The Word Instructs (vv. 16b-18)
A. account (v. 16b)
Peter had a firsthand knowledge of Jesus’ life, and he could confirm that what we know of Jesus is true.
B. Supernatural (vv. 17-18)
“Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. 2 As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. 3 Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus.”
1 John 1:1-3
This was a holy place because Jesus was there and because His Father was there.
Hebrews 1:1, 2
3. The of God’s Word (v. 19a)
The truest sense of the word “prophet” is one who spoke and wrote God’s Word
4. The of God’s Word (v. 19b)
2 Corinthians 4:4
“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105
The first question you should ask when facing any decision is: Does the Bible give me any guidance?
5. The of God’s Word (vv. 20-21)
1 Peter 1:10, 11
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” 2 Timothy 3:16
Memory verse: “For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” 2 Peter 1:21
Read 2 Peter 1. In verse 16, what did Peter say he and others had not followed?
According to verse 16, what gave Peter credibility?
How important to your faith is it that Peter (and other New Testament writers) were eyewitnesses to the life of Christ?
Read 2 Peter 1:16-21. What did God say about His Son, Jesus, in verse 17?
Why is it important to know that our faith is grounded in history?
How would you like to change your Bible study habits in light of Scripture’s importance?
Read 2 Peter 1:16-21. Look again at verse 18. Who heard the voice of God? Where?
How do you think the Bible was written?
How should Peter’s statements about the origin of Scripture impact our faith as well as our study of the Bible?
Read 2 Peter 1:16-21. What did Peter tell his readers that they should do in verse 19?
Why is it important to know about the origin of the Bible?
In a sentence, what does the Bible mean to you?
Read 2 Peter 1:16-21. What did Peter want his readers to understand in verse 20?
How can we be confident that the Bible is the Word of God?
Read 2 Peter 1:16-21. What makes prophecy special according to verse 21?
What’s one of your favorite verses? Memorize it and spend time praying it for yourself and others.