2 Peter 1:12-21
Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.
Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;
Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.
Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.
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.
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.
How reliable is an eyewitness account? While it is most likely reliable, it is not one hundred percent accurate. Why? Because even though we see something clearly, how we evaluate it or describe it can be impacted by many other factors. We may have been tired or upset. We each have our own opinions or biases which impact how we see something or interpret it. Knowing this makes the verses found in today’s reading so important. Although Peter was an eyewitness to much of what is in Scripture, as were many of the authors, that is not why we can be sure that our Bibles are accurate. Peter tells us that the reason we can be sure that our Bibles are even more accurate than an eyewitness account is they were not written according to their own interpretation. God wrote the Scriptures, and it is He who makes them accurate. Men recorded what they had witnessed, but what they wrote was not their own opinions or interpretations of the events, but God’s. You can have confidence that your Bible can be trusted and what you read is accurate. Therefore, according to verse nineteen, you will do well to pay attention to it. Do you give consideration to what you read?
How might Peter’s description of what he saw been impacted by other factors?
Why is this truth important to our understanding of Biblical inspiration?
How can you use this to defend your view of Scripture with skeptics?
In light of this passage, what personal commitment can you make?