Part of this week’s Sabbath School lesson was a discussion on the trustworthiness of scripture. This is because the source of scripture is divine. It is from God Himself. One of the key texts examined was 2 Peter 1:16-21. Peter clearly states that he did not make up a myth (v16). He lived and journeyed with Jesus, the ultimate demonstration and communication of the character of God. Peter was an eyewitness to the interactions Jesus has with others. As well as the very direct interactions with God the Father. Peter witnessed the show of glorification of Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration of Jesus; and heard the voice of God proclaiming His love and confidence in Jesus (Matthew 17:1-2; Mark 9:2-3; Luke 9:28).
But then Peter goes on to say that prophecy is a more certain, doubly reliable basis for confidence in the Second Coming (2 Peter 1:19). Why is that? Peter continues on to say, “which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the Morning Star rises in your hearts,” (v19). God’s prophetic word shines as a light illuminating the darkness of our hearts. This is especially clear when compared to Hebrews 4:13; 1 Corinthians 14:21 and many of the Psalms.
The bible makes open a clearer picture of God. It also reveals a clearer picture of ourselves. It has the power to have us see both God and us more accurately: showing us our true conditions. It also has the power to speak Jesus into our hearts. That He may abide within us. This is where its power transforms our lives if we allow it.
Jesus is the Morning Star (Revelation 22:16) that Peter hopes will rise in our hearts. Jesus is the Light shining in the darkness (Isaiah 9:2; Luke 1:78-79; John 1:1-9; 8:12). He is the Sun of Righteousness that shall rise and heal and restore (Malachi 4:2).
Jesus brings our hearts out of darkness and the image of God into focus for us and for others through us.
SABBATH SCHOOL LESSON QUESTION:
- God has revealed His will in a powerful way in the Bible. Yet, God desires your help in spreading His will and the good news of His salvation in Jesus Christ alone.
→ When people observe you, what kind of God do they see in you and through your behavior?