II Peter 1:12-21

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THE TRUTH OF THE KNOWLEDGE

II Peter 1:12-21
12 So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. 13 I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, 14 because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things. 16 We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, (This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.) 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. 19 And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
(Indicate verses used) What reason can you think of that merits Peter's reminding us of verses 1-11?



How often does he want his readers to be reminded?



What support for the truth does Peter offer --why accept the truth? (16-18)
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Any other support?



Compare verses 16 and 17 above with Matthew 17:1-5. What powerful lesson had Peter learned about Jesus?



What had Jesus told Peter about his death? (John 21:15-19)

II Peter 1:12-21
Peter knew he was going to be executed. How could he remind them after his death? (Vr. 15)




In what way was the "word of the prophets" made "more certain" to them?




Why is prophecy and its fulfillment important to us?




How is prophecy verified?


Key Words
* Truth
* Majestic glory
* More certain
* Light shining, day dawns, morning star

Background
In this section, Peter is reinforcing what he has written about the knowledge of God. He introduces the testimony of prophecy and explains how it is written and interpreted. He has witnessed how the truth is abused and distorted. He is concerned with their response then and in the future. His perspective was buttressed strongly by a variety of appeals including his own experience. Read Micah 5:2 and Isaiah 53 as examples of fulfilled prophecy. The New Testament writers were careful about interpreting prophecy. So should we.