Today’s Reading: 2 Peter 1:1-21
We live in a day where it is popular to question authority, and this extends to what God has said. Although for most of the past 2,000 years all branches of Christianity have agreed that the Bible is completely trustworthy, in recent times the validity of Scripture has been questioned by some. Can we trust our Bible? Can we trust its message?
When Martin Luther was put on trial, he stated that he would gladly renounce his opinions if he could be shown where his views disagreed with Scripture. “Prove me wrong from the Bible, and I’ll gladly change,” he asserted. The Scriptures, not man-made rules or tradition, was Luther’s sole basis of authority. So he declared to the Council: “Here I stand! I can do nothing else!”
Peter describes the process of inspiration, stating, “No prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God” (II Pet 1:21). The word “moved” could be translated “carried along”. The Bible is divine in origin; God superintended the production of Scripture. It’s not “creative writing” or inspired in the same way we think of people like Shakespeare, Mozart, or Rembrandt. Theirs was a gift of genius, but those who wrote the Bible were guided by the inward work of the Holy Spirit; they wrote in such a way that God got written exactly what He wanted.
In the Psalms (19 & 119) God’s word is compared to honey. It’s one of the only food that does not spoil. Philosophies and trends will come and go, but the Word of God will always remain fresh, relevant, and true. If we hide its words in our heart, it will keep us from spoiling.
Mahatma Gandhi, a Hindu, knew the Bible contained power—he stated: “You Christians have in your keeping a document with enough dynamite to explode civilization, to turn society upside-down, to bring peace to this war-torn world. But you read it as if it were just good literature, and nothing else.”
Has the bookmark in your Bible moved lately? Let’s take God’s authoritative word seriously; it deserves our trust because it is a book that has been shown to be reliable and relevant. It continues to inspire, challenge, comfort, instruct, guide and bless its readers. And our response to its message has eternal consequences. Let’s apply it to our lives and be transformed by it!