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GOOD INTENTIONS

September 20, 2014

Saturday

 

2 Peter 1:20-21

 

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.

 

LESSON

 

Peter proceeded to emphasize that the witness of the apostles, as well as the witness of Scripture, came from God. He did this to help his readers see that their choice boiled down to accepting God’s Word or the word of men who disagreed with God’s Word. Peter’s point was that until the Lord returns his readers should give attention to the Old Testament and to the apostles’ teaching, especially since false teachers were perverting them. That was the only real light available to enlighten them. The alleged light of the false teachers was no light at all.

Peter wanted to add a word of clarification about Old Testament predictions. What we have in Scripture did not originate in the minds of men but in the mind of God. False teaching flows from the minds of men and women; truth flows from the heart and mind of the living God. The Spirit, not human volition, is the originating power in prophecy. Thus, the highest proof of Scripture derives in general from the fact that God in person speaks in it.

 

Memory Verse: Isaiah 52:7

 

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