The words of the apostles and prophets are His revelation and they are all still true. Be careful to interpret it correctly. 23:16-22; Ezek. "The firm foundation laid by God" is the Church of Christ, which is here termed a foundation laid by God, because it, the Church of Christ, is the ground-storey of the glorious Temple of the future. How would you answer a critic who pointed out supposed “contradictions” in the Word? 2:18-21). What a word of confidence this is! Yet, in spite of the attacks, the Word of God endures forever (1 Pet. 16-18, for Peter then would be suggesting that his appeal to the transfiguration is not quite convincing, so he needed something better, namely, the Old Testament Scriptures. As Peter Davids writes (The Letters of 2 Peter and Jude [Eerdmans], p. 210), “One treasures a love letter while the beloved is absent, but once he or she is present, the letter is laid aside and exchanged for the personal contact.”. Jesus is the foundation of the Church of God ( 1 Cor 3:11. These three sins are mentioned in this chapter:-. Since we have the solid foundation of God’s inspired Word, we must pay careful attention to it and interpret it correctly. The gospel plan of salvation is still valid. This is our confidence. And that’s just 16 prophecies, not the 300 which Jesus fulfilled! It is the whole number of God ’s elect - the true Church of Jesus Christ - joined to Him in a vital union effected by the Holy Spirit. They would say that if you claim to know what the Bible says, you are dogmatic and arrogant. And, since even Christians interpret the Bible in so many different ways, how can we know that our interpretation is correct? All of these, plus many more prophecies, were specifically fulfilled in the life of Jesus Christ. As you know, He was crucified between two criminals, but buried in the tomb of a rich man. For me, 100 feels more like 25.” Sorry, but 25 mph is not a subjective feeling; it is an objective standard by which anyone may be judged. Other prophecies speak of His ministry (Isa. In this parable, Jesus describes one who hears His words and does them as a man who, when building his house, digs his foundation deeply and upon rock. Before we leave this point, consider for a moment just some of the prophetic Scriptures with regard to Jesus Christ. We not only have the apostolic witness to Jesus as they saw Him on the mount of transfiguration (1:16-18), but also (v. 19 in Greek begins with “and”) “we have the prophetic word made more sure.” “We” refers first to the apostles (as in 1:16-18), and by extension to the church. They will cover the entire state two feet deep. Who Is the Foundation of the Church? God looks forward to sharing this gift with us because He has planned this gift for mankind since the "foundation of the world" (Matthew 25:34 Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: American King James Version ×). This foundation is absolutely secure; it cannot be moved, and on either side of it there is a seal or inscription. Is Peter responding to the charges of the false teachers, that he was following cleverly devised tales, or he is referring to the cleverly devised tales of the false teachers in contrast to the eyewitness testimony of the apostles? PAUL’S SECOND LETTER TO TIMOTHY by Francis Dixon Scripture Portion: Psalm 87:1-7. The foundation of God’s actions is His unfailing love for us. Q. Peter continues, “for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” The idea is, you are not free to interpret the Bible according to your feelings or to take or leave parts of it as you like, because (“for”) the Bible is the very word from God to us through these inspired men. It shows that Scripture comes to us through human authors, but that they didn’t make it up themselves. But Peter clearly believed in the objective, bodily, personal return of Christ. The other leg is (v. 19), “we have the prophetic word made more sure.” I’ll explain this phrase more in a moment, but I think his meaning is that the apostles’ experience on the mount of transfiguration confirmed and clarified the truth of the Old Testament, that the Messiah will come again to judge the world and to reign in glory over His redeemed people. The practical result of this has been that many Roman Catholics have never read or studied the Bible on their own. Building a solid house of faith on the foundation of Christ is a lifelong process. But when Scripture refers to something that happened “ before the foundation of the world,” the event under discussion occurred before anything was ever created, in eternity past. Even some who claim to be evangelical Christians say that we cannot know the exact meaning of Scripture. He wrote, “inspiration was an influence of the Holy Spirit on the minds of certain select men, which rendered them the organs of God for the infallible communication of his mind and will. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture Quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Updated Edition © The Lockman Foundation, Related Topics: Bibliology (The Written Word), Basics for Christians, Establish, Steve served as the pastor of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship from May, 1992 through his retirement in December, 2018. Even with my headlamp, I hit my head hard on one of the rocks. (Matthew 7) 3:16-17). He thinks that Peter is saying that Scripture ranks even above his experience of seeing the transfigured Christ. So, Peter’s point is, we are not free to interpret the Word in any way that we please. The “foundation of the world” is a reference to God’s act of creation. His ministry would be introduced by a forerunner, who would speak in the spirit and power of Elijah (Mal. He states (Study Bible, ibid. The NIV gives an interpretive translation, “no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation.” In favor of this view is that the word “is” (NASB) means, “comes” or “came about.” Also, verse 21 seems to support this view by further explaining how the prophets got their message. The doing of the will of God is nothing more or less than an exhibition of creature willingness to share the inner life with God—with the very God who has made such a creature life of inner meaning-value possible. Third, interpret the Bible based on grammatical, linguistic, and historical considerations. You can’t stand before the judge after you’ve been driving 100 and say, “I didn’t understand that sign with the 25 on it!” Nor would it do to ask the judge, “What does 25 miles per hour mean to you? To illustrate, Professor Stoner says (pp. It gives us a solid foundation on which to build our lives and to stake our eternity. So we had better take care to understand it correctly and obey it completely! He goes on to show that if you take 16 prophecies, the odds increase to 1 in 1045, an unimaginably huge number. It is a morally dark place. We are to depart from every thought, word and deed which is contrary to the moral law of God, and in particular we are to depart from worldliness, impurity and pride. Charles Hodge gives one of the best explanations (Systematic Theology [Eerdmans], 1:154). They were in such a sense the organs of God, that what they said God said.”. 23:2; Jer. But when Jesus, the morning star, returns, we will have the light of His presence so that we will no longer need the prophetic word. Rather, they were moved or carried along by the Holy Spirit. Last fall, my son-in-law, his two boys, and I hiked to the end of the Lava Cave north of town. ( From Forerunner Commentary ) Luke 6:47-48. To interpret it according to your subjective feelings would be to twist the Scriptures, something that the false teachers were doing (2 Pet. It All Boils Down to Time “Therefore thus saith the Lord G OD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.” * (Isaiah 28:16) “For who is God save the L ORD? The foundation of our world dates from this event in the garden when Adam and Eve rejected God and chose to go their own way. In 1:16-18, Peter boldly states that the apostles were not following cleverly devised tales when they made known the power and coming of the Lord Jesus. Engineers put dynamite at strategic places in the foundation. Rather, they must depend on the official teaching of the church. Roman Catholics contend that the Protestant “right of private interpretation of Scripture” has resulted in thousands of denominations, while their view has preserved the unity of the church. They predicted His sufferings and the glory that would follow. What does the Bible say to the church, and to the individual Christian, about the role of politics in the church? Jesus told Peter it was not of his (Peter's) own that he had had such a revelation. 9:9). It would be utterly tragic to spend your life on a path that you thought led to heaven, only to find out too late that you were wrong! The hope of eternal life is still sure and steadfast. We apostlesa… We live with the tragic results in the unending wars, crime, suffering and death we see all around us in this world. Surely these must be professors and not possessors; they are in Christendom but not in the true Church; they have faith in their heads but not saving faith in their hearts; they hold the lamp of testimony but there is no oil in their lamps; they are tares and not wheat (2 Timothy 3:5). If you look back at Ephesians 2: 7 in our last devotion, we see that Paul gave a quick glimpse of Ephesians 2: 8-9: “that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (RSV). 35:5-6), and His triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey (Zech. The ESV gets it right by continuing the sentence from verse 19, “knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation.” Peter is explaining that we should pay close attention to Scripture by interpreting it correctly, because we are dealing with the inspired word of God to us through these human authors. 4. 5:2). 16-18 demonstrate that Peter believed that the transfiguration was decisive proof for his view, not questionable in the least.”. Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. Paul, as an apostle, "laid the foundation," namely, Jesus Christ. The question is, is the church over the Word or is the Word over the church? There is great comfort in this truth for the following reasons:-, Yes, the word of confidence and the word of comfort is followed by a word of caution, brought out in the other inscription on the foundation –- ““Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”” The thought here is that if a professing Christian gives no evidence of turning away from wickedness, there is no evidence that he is a real Christian at all –- look up the solemn words of Jesus as recorded in Matthew 7:22-23. How big is that number? It means to untie a knot or solve a puzzle. What the Bible says about Foundation of God's Word. Before we leave verse 19, let’s apply it by asking, “Are you paying attention to the lamp that is shining in the darkness?” Do you read the Word regularly to gain the light that you need to live in a manner pleasing to the Lord? 1:25). The Bible teaches the absolute security of God’’s people, of those whom He has made His own by election, by His holy calling, by the miracle of the new birth, by the blood-washing of the Lord Jesus and by the operation of the Holy Spirit by whom they have been built into the building of God, the body of Christ. "The Foundation of the Kingdom of God" The bedrock upon which we must stand, walk and live. 13:2-3; Acts 28:25; Heb. There are many hazards where you can conk your head or fall into a pit. When you get beyond the entrance, it’s pitch black in there and there are a lot of places where the footing is uneven and there are low overhead rocks. 4:3-4). 22:16; see, also Rev. Even in all of this, he was able to find and hold onto the ‘joyful expectation’ that defines hope in God – not the joy of the world, but rather a deep, abiding spiritual joy that is anchored in a faith that cannot be shaken, a faith that is built on the sure foundation of all the promises of God. When these are abandoned, the foundation begins to crumble, and the nation is in danger of collapsing. The comfort is found in the inscription, “”The Lord knows those who are his!”” Notice that it does not only say that the Lord knows about all who belong to Him, but that He actually knows them and He has a tender regard for them because they are His. Peter puts this as a priority (“first of all”) because if Christ is coming again in judgment and His Word is the standard for judgment, then we’d better understand it correctly! That psalm also describes the taunts of His accusers (v. 8) and the soldiers casting lots for His garments (v. 18). You can’t put a big house on a small or faulty foundation. In it, he assigns probabilities to a number of biblical prophecies and then calculates the odds that these things could have happened by sheer chance. 2. It’ll collapse every time. As the Lord looks at the professing Church He knows those in that Church who are His. It adds the word “but” (which is not in the Greek at all) and begins a new sentence. Scripture is not to be interpreted subjectively, according to my feelings or preferences, but rather, objectively, according to the meaning of the text. So in this sense, the Old Testament prophetic word was made more sure. So it more likely refers to the proper interpretation of prophecy after it was given, not to originating the prophecy (Schreiner, p. 323). But, how can we know that it’s true? But, again we must deal with some interpretive problems in order to understand verse 20. His very first temptation challenged Eve (Gen. 3:1), “Indeed, has God said …?” He has attempted to bring down our faith through liberal theologians, who undermine its veracity. We need not fear for the safety of the Church, or of God’’s people. But, against this view is the meaning of the word “interpretation,” which only occurs here in the New Testament. Also, we must be careful to interpret God’s Word correctly (v. 20), because it is not the word of man, but rather the inspired Word of God (v. 21). But what about those who fall away? 3:11). Peter compares the Bible to a lamp shining in the darkness, much as Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” This is the only New Testament use of this Greek word for “dark.” It has the connotation of being not only dark, but also dirty or squalid. That solid foundation is the revealed Word of God. We have the solid foundation of God’s Word, but we must pay attention to it in view of the coming day that surely will dawn. We must seek to determine what the text meant to the original author and readers in their historical setting before we ask how it applies to us in our culture. It has been interpreted in three main ways. One of these seals is on the God-ward side and the other on the man-ward side. What should you say? 2:28; Num. Thus. It is the whole number of God’’s elect –- the true Church of Jesus Christ –- joined to Him in a vital union effected by the Holy Spirit. It carries God’s authority and wisdom for how we should live. Turn to God. The Doctrine of the Trinity asserts that God is one in being or essence who exists eternally in three distinct coequal persons. Therefore, Peter tells us to pay attention to that word as a lamp shining in the dark, until Christ returns. First, the Roman Catholic Church uses verse 20 to teach that individuals are not permitted to interpret the Bible for themselves. Are they right? Years ago, a math professor named Peter Stoner wrote a little book, Science Speaks [Moody Press, 1963]. Our higher educational system (Harvard, Yale, and Princeton were founded to train men in the Word) is now dominated by skeptics who sneer at God’s Word. This also refers to the coming of Christ, who calls Himself “the bright morning star” (Rev. As Christians, we build our lives and stake our eternity on the truth of God’s Word. ~ The Urantia Book, 111:5.1 (1221.2) Every mortal who is consciously or unconsciously following the leading of his indwelling Adjuster is living in accordance with the will of God. There should be a zeal and a desire for the Word of God in every true believer. This is the force of the word ‘’nevertheless’’ in verse 19. Verse 14 tells us that “the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” Rather, the experience that they had on the mount of transfiguration, when they saw Jesus’ majesty and glory, was a prophetic glimpse of the truth that He is coming again in power and glory to reign. So while Peter could be referring to the origination of Scripture (the second view), because of his concern about the false teachers (2:1; 3:16), I favor this view. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my … How would you answer this charge. How should we respond if the foundations are destroyed? The sure foundation of God is Christ (1 Cor. As this passage in Timothy states, because of its divine origin the Scripture can be used authoritatively by God’s servants to teach and train others about the nature, purposes, and plans of God. Our foundation is supposed to be built on the Rock, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. I don’t have time to go in depth into the proper principles for interpreting the Bible, but I’ll quickly mention a few key things. Now, what is this foundation? In Genesis 3:22 God says, "Since man has become like one of Us...." But, what does Peter mean when he says “more sure”? 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. Our God is a just God. By embracing these three activities and putting them into daily practice, you will build your spiritual strength — your foundation — and begin to experience a powerful new sense of God’s presence and purpose. 7:14), of the tribe of Judah (Gen. 49:10), of the lineage of David (2 Sam. The future … Walk by the light that it gives you to avoid the pitfalls in this dark world. The tense of the Greek verb here suggests that the foundation has stood and yet stands; and, in that it was laid by God, the firm and enduring constancy of it is not to be questioned. Then Jesus explained how it was necessary for Him “to suffer these things and to enter into His glory” (Luke 24:27; see, also vv. We find scriptural references to the triune nature of God both in the Old and the New Testaments. But this view reads into the text all sorts of things that are not there. 40:3-5). When a … But Paul did not speak of himself as part of the foundation. He wants to leave his readers with a solid foundation so that after he is gone, they will not be led astray by false teachers, who are already plaguing the churches. The events of life do not change that. Isaiah 53 also describes Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for our sins. When we come to know Christ, the Bible becomes our light to show us how to live to please Him in view of His coming, so that we can avoid temptation and sin. 106-107), take 1017 silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. The GOD Foundation is a nonprofit, grantmaking public charity whose purpose is to provide funding to unrelated organizations, institutions, and individuals for charitable purposes constituting women and children affected by trauma and addiction. By extension, it applies to all of the Old Testament, since the Scriptures all tie together. But vv. We stand on that foundation when we confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (Matt. In one chapter, he takes just eight prophecies concerning Jesus Christ and uses very conservative estimates to determine how probable it is that anyone who might have lived from the time of those prophecies down to the present could have fulfilled them all. Let us rest on the word of confidence, rejoice in the word of comfort and respond to the word of caution. 61-62) argues that the Greek word order favors that translation. In the context of the Lord’s coming (v. 16), the “prophetic word” refers to the Old Testament prophecies relating to “the day of the Lord,” the day of judgment and salvation (Thomas Schreiner, The New American Commentary, 1, 2 Peter, Jude [Broadman], p.319). The NASB usually gives an almost literal rendering of the Greek text, but in verse 20 it errs. Jesus came to save us from our sins (Matthew 1:21). Faith is the foundation for what we hope, the foundation for our relationship with God and everything that it implies within His purpose. All we believe, all we trust, all we do is to glorify Christ, who in turn glorifies God. So Catholics had to depend on the priests as the correct interpreters of Scripture. I have heard that there are over 300 prophecies about Christ in the Old Testament, but let’s take just a few: The Messiah would be born of a virgin (Isa. This foundation series is designed to form a Biblically based image of what God looks like to you and what you look like to God in truth. The ‘‘wickedness’’ referred to here includes any transgression of the commands of Christ. It is vital as professed believers in Jesus Christ and adopted sons of God that the Word of God, the infallible Word of God is the foundation upon which we base our relationship with God. It is called a foundation in order to express better its immobility - now compare Psalm 11:3-4; Matthew 7:24 … The foundation of a house tells you how big the house can get. God's plan for His people as individuals and as … That despite the great forces that are opposing the Church –- the apostasy that is apparent on every hand, the worldliness that is in the Church, the shallowness that is in the spiritual experience of God’’s people, and the apathy there is in His service – despite all these things the firm foundation of God stands. 7:16), in the city of Bethlehem (Mic. Are you living in light of His coming, when we all will stand before Him to give an account of how we have lived (2 Cor. The Bible says that the world is like that. We pay attention to the foundation of a house for a reason. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1976 in Bible exposition) and Califo... More. The Word of God 3. When Paul wrote this letter there were plenty of false teachers in the professing Church, and today the same condition still exists. 3:16; see also, 2 Tim. The central focus of all Scripture is the Lord Jesus Christ. And, Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity (2 Timothy 2:19, KJV). So he probably means that now, in the darkness, the prophetic word shines to illumine our path. Matthew 16:18 ESV / 177 helpful votes. How can we be sure that it isn’t just a collection of quaint writings from a bunch of Jewish guys who lived thousands of years ago? In this verse Paul brings us the picture of the foundation of a building. Then you will rejoice when the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. Why not? It is the word of the Sovereign of the universe, to whom we will give account. 24:17). All who ‘‘fall away’’ were never really of the true ‘‘foundation’’; they were never born again and never really saved –- look up Romans 9:6, and compare 1 John 2:19. The One of whom the prophecies spoke will be with us personally, shining fully into our hearts. Let’s go back to Zechariah 7: 9 from the first devotion in the series. Hearing and obeying the Word will build our lives on a solid, firm foundation that will stand up to and weather any storm. As we’ve seen, Peter knows that he is about to die (1:14). 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