2 Peter 1:19-21, “19 And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, 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, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
As we’ve continued our study of 2 Peter, we’ve come to see the false teachers that troubled the original audience Peter addresses and how they denied that Christ would return in judgment. These false teachers wanted to claim the name of Jesus but not submit to the apostolic teaching regarding the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus. These teachers made a lot of claims regarding the 2 Coming of Christ, including the Apostles invented it. Peter refutes this charge by reminding his audience he was an eyewitness of the Transfiguration. As a manifestation of Jesus’ glory, the Transfiguration is a confirmatory sign that His glory will be manifested to all flesh when the Lord Jesus returns. Having seen this glory once, the Apostles could be sure they would see it again.
2 Peter 1:19-21 tells us that we do not have the eyewitness testimony confirming when the Lord Jesus will return. Instead, we have “something more sure” the prophetic word (2 Peter 1:19). It is unlikely that Peter viewed the Old Testament prophecy as more reliable than his own testimony since as an Apostle he spoke the Lord’s Word. Instead, he seems to mean that the surety of the prophecies about the 2 Coming is further confirmed by the Transfiguration that anticipates this event.
The prophecies indicating that the Messiah will both suffer and reign visibly in glory (Isaiah 53; Daniel 7:13-14) make it clear the Lord Jesus must come again in His Second Coming to fulfill the Old Testament prophecy. In denying the Second Coming, these false teachers known to Peter’s original audience questioned not only the validity of the Apostles but also the testimony of the messengers sent by the Lord Jesus. These false teachers were content to accuse the Old Covenant Prophets of falsely foreseeing how the Messiah would one day return to reign and judge (2 Peter 1:20). This is why Peter in 2 Peter 1:21 reminds his readers that no “prophecy of Scripture” is a matter of one’s own interpretation. Instead, all of Scripture’s prophecies come from the Lord God Himself who moved His prophets to write His Words down for His people. All the words of Scripture must be believed and obeyed, then, for only those who do not know God will question their veracity.
2 Peter 1:20-21 is one of the most important texts in the Bible regarding the inspiration of the Scripture. Theologians use this passage to explain the dual authorship of Scripture by which they mean that the Holy Spirit used the individual personality and writing style of each biblical author to create the distinctive books of the Bible, but He did so in a way that renders both the text authoritative and unified in its teaching. Please take some time today to marvel at the God who is mighty in power who displayed His work of revelation in His Word, and thank Him for giving us a sure light and a lamp unto our feet, for all of life in the Word of God.