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The Certainty of God’s Word

2 Peter 1:17-20

“For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,’ we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation.”

We ourselves heard this very voice

Oh the majestic, wonderful, awesome privilege of hearing God’s voice!

  • Psalm 29:3-9; “The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over many waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire. The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth and strips the forests bare, and in his temple all cry, ‘Glory!'”
  • Psalm 46:6; “The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.”

God’s voice is more powerful than we could imagine. The very sound of it strips a forest bare. Just image hearing Him speak from heaven testifying of His beloved Son!

And we have something more sure

More sure than the distinct, powerful, audible, spoken word of God is His written, prophetic word.

I’ve heard people say, “If only I could hear God’s voice, then I’d believe.” Really? It didn’t work for Gideon. “If only I could hear God’s voice, then I’d believe.” Really? It didn’t work for Cain, or Balaam, or Saul, or….

We have something much more certain, much more trustworthy, much more reliable than God’s own voice: we have His immutable written word.

If all we had was His spoken word, we’d be susceptible to the failings of our memory. We’d be susceptible to the imperfections of our ability to call to mind His tone, His inflections, His choice of words. We’d end up paraphrasing, then guessing, then twisting, and ultimately going astray.

We have something absolutely trustworthy: God’s incontrovertible word.

  • Psalm 19:7-8; “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.”
  • Psalms 119:89; “Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.”
  • Matthew 24:35; “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”
  • 1 Peter 1:23-25; “You have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for ‘All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.’ And this word is the good news that was preached to you.”
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