Personal Experiences

August 27, 2018

2 Peter 1:16- … For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For when He received glory and honor 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.

            Peter commends himself, reminding the reader that he heard God speak from heaven, announcing Jesus. He was referring to the Mount of Transfiguration. Peter, James, and John were with Jesus on that mountain. He tells the reader that they didn’t make it up; it really happened. He had possibly experienced rejection for that story. If you and I had been on that mountain, we would be thrilled and would want everyone to hear and believe us. Peter reiterates it and I suspect it was not the first time he had told it. He knew, and was making it known to others. “Jesus was indeed the Son of God.”

            Have you ever believed in something that was not immediately known or accepted? My wife sells a skin care product that works wonders for people. But, if she uses herself as an example, she has to have perfect skin. If not, some people won’t believe her. That could have been peter’s experience… “You spent time with the Son of God; you should be perfect.” Peter was not perfect, especially in the eyes of his critics. So, he added this explanation. “And we have something more sure.” More sure than what? More sure than his personal experience. What is more sure than our experience? “The prophetic word.”

            Our experiences must reinforce the word of God.  And, the prophetic word must predict our experiences.

            The whole Bible anticipates the Son of God. Some pastors say we should find Jesus on every page. That is a mental exercise… but, for sure, He is predicted and verified in the whole book. Study God’s words. Pay attention.