“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 . . .” 2 Peter 1:18-19
The apostle Peter was recounting being an “eyewitness to the majesty of the majesty of the Lord Jesus Christ,” on the mount of transfiguration and, of hearing God almighty say, “this is my beloved Son in whom, I am well pleased”.
After seeing Christ transfigured before his eyes and hearing the voice of God Himself, he said; “we have a more sure Word of Prophecy.” He is saying God’s word is the sure foundation of his faith, his hope, his message, not his visions, or voices he heard.
Why am I saying these things? Because the Word of God is being laid aside by so called preachers, by pop psychologists, and by the media. In fact, I heard someone say the other day “it’s a good thing we don’t have the bible around here to keep us from doing what is right.”
Beloved, I am thankful that we don’t have to watch Oprah, Dr. Phil, or the myriads of talk shows to find out what we are to believe, how we are to live our lives, or how we are to deal with the relationships we have in this world.
Thank God we have His word — A More Sure Word. Aren’t you thankful that you have God’s Word about how we are saved, by God’s free and sovereign Grace in Christ, about how we are to grow as believers, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby” 1 Pet. 2: 4? What kind of father, husband, brother, friend, employee, or employer am I to be? What kind wife, mother, sister, friend are you dear ladies to be? Where shall we go for the answers; to television, to the library, or to the bookstore to buy the latest book on “How to…”?
We don’t have to go see a movie to know “how and why Christ died”, or to have our faith stirred up. Thank God we know, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” Rom. 10:17. It is no matter what the world does, by God’s grace we are going to; “Hold forth the word of life” Phil. 2:15-16.
– Donnie Bell, Pastor of Lantana Grace Church of Crossville, TN, USA