2 Peter 1:19-21 "The Word Confirmed." on this week's Word of Grace Devotional with Pastor Joe Marquez.
THE WORD OF GRACE DEVOTION FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 17, 2015
THE WORD CONFIRMED:
2 PETER 1:19-21, “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; 20knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
Beloved, I have often been asked if we can trust the Bible as the Word of God. The answer is an absolute yes. Given the historical, archaeological, and spiritual accuracy I believe that we can confirm that the Bible is trustworthy.
Another question will then come, “But, wasn’t the Bible written by men? How did it come from God?” Good question! Beloved, that is where inspiration comes in. The word "inspire" comes from the Latin, meaning to breathe on or into. Hence, Paul writes in 2 Timothy 3:16, "All Scripture is God-breathed." As Norman Geisler and William Nix write, "… inspiration is the process by which Spirit-moved writers recorded God-breathed writings."
Inspiration means that human writers were inspired by God and moved by the Holy Spirit to record accurately what God wanted them to preserve. It does not mean God took control of people in the sense of some occult practices known as automatic writing, where the writer is in a trance-like state. It also doesn't mean the writers of the Bible were simply taking dictation. But it does mean that their words were divinely inspired and recorded. Real people, living in real places, recording real historical events, and also communicating God’s real truths, wrote the Bible. 2 Peter 1:21 puts it this way, “Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
Beloved, it is important for us to come to an understating of the truth and reliability of Scripture. When we trust the Word of God, we can then trust the God of the Bible and began to live out its truths. If we do not trust God’s Word then we will not live it. We must trust it in order to abide by it.
For we know that we live in a world that, for the most part, has no absolute standard for life and behavior. We are under a system of morality by majority vote—in other words, whatever feels right sets the standard for behavior. That philosophy, however, runs contrary to everything we know about our world. There are absolutes in biology, botany, physiology, astronomy, mathematics, and engineering; all are controlled by unalterable and inviolable laws. The same thing is true in the moral and spiritual dimension. There are fixed laws and those truths are found in Scripture. Beloved we can trust the Bible! It is trustworthy! The Word of God has been confirmed!
I pray that you will have a blessed week. I love you and I will be praying for you!