We live with the tragic results in the unending wars, crime, suffering and death we see all around us in this world. I don’t have time to go in depth into the proper principles for interpreting the Bible, but I’ll quickly mention a few key things. Make sure you pay attention to it by spending consistent time reading and studying it. Good News Translation Your kingdom is founded on righteousness and justice; love and faithfulness are shown in all you do. It is the whole number of God ’s elect - the true Church of Jesus Christ - joined to Him in a vital union effected by the Holy Spirit. The Word of God 3. All we believe, all we trust, all we do is to glorify Christ, who in turn glorifies God. But vv. Can we know for sure that what the Bible says is true and that we are correct in our understanding of it? Mercy and truth stand in front of you. Hearing and obeying the Word will build our lives on a solid, firm foundation that will stand up to and weather any storm. The ESV gets it right by continuing the sentence from verse 19, “knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation.” Peter is explaining that we should pay close attention to Scripture by interpreting it correctly, because we are dealing with the inspired word of God to us through these human authors. There are many hazards where you can conk your head or fall into a pit. If you’re going to stake your eternity on that same thing, you really want to be sure that it is the truth. It’s not surprising that Satan relentlessly tries to blow up the foundation of our faith, which is the Word of God. The foundation, Paul tells us, consists of the prophets and the Apostles (Eph. What a word of confidence this is! The work of the Church is difficult and the progress of the Gospel is slow, but in spite of this we can be very optimistic, for the key verse assures us that there is no need for alarm or discouragement. So he probably means that now, in the darkness, the prophetic word shines to illumine our path. In context, Paul is talking about the Corinthian church as "God's building" (3:9). We must seek to determine what the text meant to the original author and readers in their historical setting before we ask how it applies to us in our culture. But what about those who fall away? It is an alarming situation and it threatens to bring discouragement to God’s people. The day dawning (v. 19) refers to the second coming of Jesus Christ. ~ The Urantia Book, 111:5.1 (1221.2) Every mortal who is consciously or unconsciously following the leading of his indwelling Adjuster is living in accordance with the will of God. The GOD Foundation is a nonprofit, grantmaking public charity whose purpose is to provide funding to unrelated organizations, institutions, and individuals for charitable purposes constituting women and children affected by trauma and addiction. Even in all of this, he was able to find and hold onto the ‘joyful expectation’ that defines hope in God – not the joy of the world, but rather a deep, abiding spiritual joy that is anchored in a faith that cannot be shaken, a faith that is built on the sure foundation of all the promises of God. For many years, the Church opposed translating the Bible into the common languages of the people for fear that they would misinterpret it. How big is that number? He states (Study Bible, ibid. 16-18, for Peter then would be suggesting that his appeal to the transfiguration is not quite convincing, so he needed something better, namely, the Old Testament Scriptures. In 1:16-18, Peter boldly states that the apostles were not following cleverly devised tales when they made known the power and coming of the Lord Jesus. Rather, they must depend on the official teaching of the church. Q. Other prophecies speak of His ministry (Isa. Thus. The central focus of all Scripture is the Lord Jesus Christ. 2:18-21). 40:3-5). The tense of the Greek verb here suggests that the foundation has stood and yet stands; and, in that it was laid by God, the firm and enduring constancy of it is not to be questioned. Through prayer and meditation on Scripture, we learn to know and love our heavenly Father and understand what pleases Him. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (Tim. We stand on that foundation when we confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (Matt. God's plan for His people as individuals and as … The other leg is (v. 19), “we have the prophetic word made more sure.” I’ll explain this phrase more in a moment, but I think his meaning is that the apostles’ experience on the mount of transfiguration confirmed and clarified the truth of the Old Testament, that the Messiah will come again to judge the world and to reign in glory over His redeemed people. But, against this view is the meaning of the word “interpretation,” which only occurs here in the New Testament. Psalm 22, written hundreds of years before crucifixion was known as a means of execution, describes His death on the cross. His very first temptation challenged Eve (Gen. 3:1), “Indeed, has God said …?” He has attempted to bring down our faith through liberal theologians, who undermine its veracity. His chances of picking the marked silver dollar are the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing just these eight prophecies (apart from divine inspiration) and having them all come true in one man. Even some who claim to be evangelical Christians say that we cannot know the exact meaning of Scripture. It is called a foundation in order to express better its immobility - now compare Psalm 11:3-4; Matthew 7:24-25; Matthew 16:13-19 and Ephesians 2:19-22. So it seems preferable to understand that Peter is saying that the Old Testament prophets gave us a sure word about Christ. Sin robs us of hope and joy. Jesus told Peter it was not of his (Peter's) own that he had had such a revelation. The future … When Scripture refers to something that has been true “ from the foundation of the world,” it means “for all of human history.”. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1976 in Bible exposition) and Califo... More. But the apostles did not understand how it all fit together until after Jesus’ death and resurrection. In the context of the Lord’s coming (v. 16), the “prophetic word” refers to the Old Testament prophecies relating to “the day of the Lord,” the day of judgment and salvation (Thomas Schreiner, The New American Commentary, 1, 2 Peter, Jude [Broadman], p.319). 3:16-17). It gives us a solid foundation on which to build our lives and to stake our eternity. Surely these must be professors and not possessors; they are in Christendom but not in the true Church; they have faith in their heads but not saving faith in their hearts; they hold the lamp of testimony but there is no oil in their lamps; they are tares and not wheat (2 Timothy 3:5). The foundation of God’s actions is His unfailing love for us. A Lasting Legacy: Choosing A Wife For Isaac (Gen. 24:1-67). 13:2-3; Acts 28:25; Heb. Second, some understand the verse to be referring not to the interpretation of Scripture, but rather to its origin. For example, John MacArthur (The MacArthur Study Bible, New American Standard Bible Updated edition [Nelson Bibles], p. 1924; also, see, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, 2 Peter & Jude [Moody Publishers], pp. GOD'S WORD® Translation Righteousness and justice are the foundations of your throne. These three sins are mentioned in this chapter:-. We find scriptural references to the triune nature of God both in the Old and the New Testaments. Praise the Lord that He knows who belongs to Him and who does not belong to Him! ), “the Word of God is a more reliable verification of the teachings about the person, atonement, and second coming of Christ than even the genuine first hand experiences of the apostles themselves.”, While I greatly respect John MacArthur, I have to agree here with Thomas Schreiner, who argues (p. 320), “this would subvert the argument in vv. Perhaps there is some of both, that the false teachers were accusing the apostles of following cleverly devised tales, but Peter is turning it back on them, saying, “It is not we who are following cleverly devised tales (as they assert), but rather they are following cleverly devised tales. Read the Passage. 42:1-4; 61:1-2), His miracles (Isa. 3:1; 4:5; Isa. How can we be sure that it isn’t just a collection of quaint writings from a bunch of Jewish guys who lived thousands of years ago? 9:9). Matthew 16:18 ESV / 177 helpful votes. Verse 14 tells us that “the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” Copyright, Steven J. Cole, 2010, All Rights Reserved. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. Q. Rather, the experience that they had on the mount of transfiguration, when they saw Jesus’ majesty and glory, was a prophetic glimpse of the truth that He is coming again in power and glory to reign. In Revelation 21, we read of the magnificent vision of the New Jerusalem, the heavenly city that comes down from above. But, what does Peter mean when he says, “the morning star arises in your hearts”? What should you say? They were in such a sense the organs of God, that what they said God said.”. First, the Roman Catholic Church uses verse 20 to teach that individuals are not permitted to interpret the Bible for themselves. We need not fear for the safety of the Church, or of God’s people. How would you answer this charge. Hebrews 11:1 In the phrase "faith is the substance of things hoped for," Paul is not really defining what faith is, but rather he is showing what faith does in an operative sense: Faith undergirds what we hope for.Substance means "that which stands under." Now, what is this foundation? If you’re going to base your entire life on something, you want to know that it is solid. And, since even Christians interpret the Bible in so many different ways, how can we know that our interpretation is correct? But, what does Peter mean when he says that the morning star “arises in your hearts”? As the Lord looks at the professing Church He knows those in that Church who are His. Rather, they were moved or carried along by the Holy Spirit. We pay attention to the foundation of a house for a reason. The practical result of this has been that many Roman Catholics have never read or studied the Bible on their own. Turn to God. Unless you take time and effort to develop this foundation of love, your efforts to turn from iniquity will eventually fail in the long term. Righteousness and judgment are the foundation of thy throne: mercy and truth go before thy face. In this parable, Jesus describes one who hears His words and does them as a man who, when building his house, digs his foundation deeply and upon rock. In this verse Paul brings us the picture of the foundation of a building. It is vital as professed believers in Jesus Christ and adopted sons of God that the Word of God, the infallible Word of God is the foundation upon which we base our relationship with God. Now, what is this foundation? First, we must always interpret a text in light of its context. As Christians, we build our lives and stake our eternity on the truth of God’s Word. It would involve a ball of silver dollars extending 30 times as far as from the earth to the sun! Also, we must be careful to interpret God’s Word correctly (v. 20), because it is not the word of man, but rather the inspired Word of God (v. 21). It is the whole number of God’s elect - the true Church of Jesus Christ - joined to Him in a vital union effected by the Holy Spirit. His answer is, 1 in 1017. You can’t put a big house on a small or faulty foundation. 16-18 demonstrate that Peter believed that the transfiguration was decisive proof for his view, not questionable in the least.”. PAUL’S SECOND LETTER TO TIMOTHY by Francis Dixon Scripture Portion: Psalm 87:1-7. The ‘wickedness’ referred to here includes any transgression of the commands of Christ. Are they right? What the Bible says about Foundation of God's Word. So Peter’s first point is, we have the solid foundation of the prophetic word, which was further confirmed by the apostles’ experience of seeing Jesus’ glory on the mount of transfiguration. Why not? The apostolic witness to Jesus Christ, which we now have in the New Testament, is one leg of the foundation of our faith. So, Peter’s point is, we are not free to interpret the Word in any way that we please. Building a solid house of faith on the foundation of Christ is a lifelong process. Walk by the light that it gives you to avoid the pitfalls in this dark world. By embracing these three activities and putting them into daily practice, you will build your spiritual strength — your foundation — and begin to experience a powerful new sense of God’s presence and purpose. Peter puts this as a priority (“first of all”) because if Christ is coming again in judgment and His Word is the standard for judgment, then we’d better understand it correctly! So while Peter could be referring to the origination of Scripture (the second view), because of his concern about the false teachers (2:1; 3:16), I favor this view. It shows that Scripture comes to us through human authors, but that they didn’t make it up themselves. Jesus came to save us from our sins (Matthew 1:21). Since we have the solid foundation of God’s inspired Word, we must pay careful attention to it and interpret it correctly. Our God is a just God. Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. Evolution, which (against all reason) is accepted as fact in our public educational system, does away with the need to submit to the Almighty Creator. But the idea is that the Old Testament prophecies about the coming day of the Lord are confirmed and clarified by the transfiguration, where the disciples saw a prophetic preview of Jesus in His glory. 23:2; Jer. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my … The question is, is the church over the Word or is the Word over the church? We have the solid foundation of God’s Word, but we must pay attention to it in view of the coming day that surely will dawn. We apostlesa… In one chapter, he takes just eight prophecies concerning Jesus Christ and uses very conservative estimates to determine how probable it is that anyone who might have lived from the time of those prophecies down to the present could have fulfilled them all. Charles Hodge gives one of the best explanations (Systematic Theology [Eerdmans], 1:154). They will cover the entire state two feet deep. Be careful to interpret it correctly. As He transforms our life through His Spirit, our actions and … When we come to know Christ, the Bible becomes our light to show us how to live to please Him in view of His coming, so that we can avoid temptation and sin. Even with my headlamp, I hit my head hard on one of the rocks. And that’s just 16 prophecies, not the 300 which Jesus fulfilled! “Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: ‘The Lord knows those who are His,’ and, ‘Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity’” (2Ti 2.19). 4:3-4). It is a morally dark place. It is called a foundation in order to express better its immobility - now compare Psalm 11:3-4; Matthew 7:24 … But it will be a time of terror and awful regret for those who have rejected Christ. Roman Catholics contend that the Protestant “right of private interpretation of Scripture” has resulted in thousands of denominations, while their view has preserved the unity of the church. Who Is the Foundation of the Church? For when Jesus asked what the Disciples had thought of Him, Peter replied; "...you are the Son of the living God". We build on that sure foundation by hearing and obeying the words of Jesus (Matt. Before we leave this point, consider for a moment just some of the prophetic Scriptures with regard to Jesus Christ. The foundation of God will never be destroyed, so all will be well! This very fact is affirmed by Jesus Himself. 23:16-22; Ezek. Paul, as an apostle, "laid the foundation," namely, Jesus Christ. All of these, plus many more prophecies, were specifically fulfilled in the life of Jesus Christ. The One of whom the prophecies spoke will be with us personally, shining fully into our hearts. 44-45). The events of life do not change that. In 1 Corinthians 3:11, the Apostle Paul writes, "For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ." 2:28; Num. Let’s go back to Zechariah 7: 9 from the first devotion in the series. “Therefore thus saith the Lord G OD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.” * (Isaiah 28:16) “For who is God save the L ORD? There is great comfort in this truth for the following reasons:-, Yes, the word of confidence and the word of comfort is followed by a word of caution, brought out in the other inscription on the foundation - “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” The thought here is that if a professing Christian gives no evidence of turning away from wickedness, there is no evidence that he is a real Christian at all - look up the solemn words of Jesus as recorded in Matthew 7:22-23. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture Quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Updated Edition © The Lockman Foundation, Related Topics: Bibliology (The Written Word), Basics for Christians, Establish, Steve served as the pastor of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship from May, 1992 through his retirement in December, 2018. For me, 100 feels more like 25.” Sorry, but 25 mph is not a subjective feeling; it is an objective standard by which anyone may be judged. 106-107), take 1017 silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. ( From Forerunner Commentary ) Luke 6:47-48. The Bible teaches the absolute security of God’s people, of those whom He has made His own by election, by His holy calling, by the miracle of the new birth, by the blood-washing of the Lord Jesus and by the operation of the Holy Spirit by whom they have been built into the building of God, the body of Christ. Then Jesus explained how it was necessary for Him “to suffer these things and to enter into His glory” (Luke 24:27; see, also vv. Isaiah 53 also describes Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for our sins. He wrote, “inspiration was an influence of the Holy Spirit on the minds of certain select men, which rendered them the organs of God for the infallible communication of his mind and will. It would be utterly tragic to spend your life on a path that you thought led to heaven, only to find out too late that you were wrong! In Genesis 3:22 God says, "Since man has become like one of Us...." Third, interpret the Bible based on grammatical, linguistic, and historical considerations. This foundation series is designed to form a Biblically based image of what God looks like to you and what you look like to God in truth. 2. One of these seals is on the God-ward side and the other on the man-ward side. When Paul wrote this letter there were plenty of false teachers in the professing Church, and today the same condition still exists. To illustrate, Professor Stoner says (pp. They would say that if you claim to know what the Bible says, you are dogmatic and arrogant. God does not change His mind on His purpose for our life, or for a church. In it, he assigns probabilities to a number of biblical prophecies and then calculates the odds that these things could have happened by sheer chance. By extension, it applies to all of the Old Testament, since the Scriptures all tie together. But when Jesus, the morning star, returns, we will have the light of His presence so that we will no longer need the prophetic word. If you let Paul in context interpret Paul on justification by faith and James in context interpret James on justification by works, they do not contradict each other. 2:19). It means to untie a knot or solve a puzzle. The NIV gives an interpretive translation, “no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation.” In favor of this view is that the word “is” (NASB) means, “comes” or “came about.” Also, verse 21 seems to support this view by further explaining how the prophets got their message. You can’t become what God wants you to be on a faulty foundation. Prayer. He wants to leave his readers with a solid foundation so that after he is gone, they will not be led astray by false teachers, who are already plaguing the churches. Second, the Bible interprets itself, especially, individual authors interpret themselves. Peter continues, “for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” The idea is, you are not free to interpret the Bible according to your feelings or to take or leave parts of it as you like, because (“for”) the Bible is the very word from God to us through these inspired men. 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