It’s still beautiful, but it’s bad. Real bad. And I hate to be the one to tell you this, but it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better. Count on it.
The Apostle Peter was an unschooled fisherman, but he was a prominent figure in the early days of Christianity and was used by God to pen some of the most profound words you will ever read. In fact, writing nearly two thousand years ago, Peter predicted that our world would become just the way it is. As we’ll see in the next few posts, he was dead on.
“This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles…” (2 Pet 3.1,2 ESV)
Peter tells his readers there are two things they need to remember–the predictions of the prophets and the commandment of Christ as taught by the apostles. The first is a reference to the Old Testament and the second a reference to the New Testament, which is not even completed at the time Peter writes these words.
If you read 1 Pet 1.10-12 (the first letter to which Peter refers above) you will see that one of the reasons we should remember the predictions of the prophets is that they were intended for us. It’s amazing to think that a man like Isaiah, when writing about Christ in Isaiah 53, was not able to know about Whom he wrote–and that God would not tell him when he asked! Peter tells us that even the angels long to look into the things God has revealed to us. Astonishing.
A second reason for remembering the predictions of the prophets is seen in 2 Pet 1.16-21, where Peter tells his readers that even though he was an eyewitness to some astounding events–like Christ’s transfiguration–the Word of God is an even more reliable source than a first person account. This is because it is not just another book written by people, but a body of truth given to us by God Himself, penned by human authors who were “carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
Then, there is “the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles.” Is Peter referring to a specific command? Probably not. More likely, he has in mind the entire body of truth taught by Christ and expanded upon in the writings of the apostles–of which he is one. He even refers to the letters of Paul in v. 15.
What’s the point of all this? It’s that in order to understand what’s going on today and why things are the way they are, we need to approach the current milieu from a biblical perspective, remembering what the prophets and apostles said.
Only then can we make sense of a world that makes no sense.
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