This almost sounds as if the second coming is not an objective, outwardly visible event, but rather an inward, subjective experience in believers’ hearts. You can’t put a big house on a small or faulty foundation. 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. Perhaps there is some of both, that the false teachers were accusing the apostles of following cleverly devised tales, but Peter is turning it back on them, saying, “It is not we who are following cleverly devised tales (as they assert), but rather they are following cleverly devised tales. God's plan for His people as individuals and as … But Paul did not speak of himself as part of the foundation. 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. But, how can we know that it’s true? It gives us a solid foundation on which to build our lives and to stake our eternity. But vv. 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. 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. 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? If we are really the Lord’’s people we shall turn away from wickedness; if we are not doing this –- or ‘’standing aloof from it’’, as the word really means –- there is no evidence that we really are the Lord’’s people. We stand on that foundation when we confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (Matt. The hope of eternal life is still sure and steadfast. 3:16; see also, 2 Tim. They predicted His sufferings and the glory that would follow. 5:2). How would you answer a critic who pointed out supposed “contradictions” in the Word? When they set it off, the building implodes. And, Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity (2 Timothy 2:19, KJV). Even some who claim to be evangelical Christians say that we cannot know the exact meaning of Scripture. The foundation, Paul tells us, consists of the prophets and the Apostles (Eph. The work of the Church is difficult and the progress of the Gospel is slow, but in spite of this we can be very optimistic, for the key verse assures us that there is no need for alarm or discouragement. But the idea is that the Old Testament prophecies about the coming day of the Lord are confirmed and clarified by the transfiguration, where the disciples saw a prophetic preview of Jesus in His glory. 3:11). He goes on to show that if you take 16 prophecies, the odds increase to 1 in 1045, an unimaginably huge number. First, we must always interpret a text in light of its context. By extension, it applies to all of the Old Testament, since the Scriptures all tie together. Jesus is the foundation of the Church of God ( 1 Cor 3:11. 2:18-21). “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (Tim. Copyright, Steven J. Cole, 2010, All Rights Reserved. Years ago, a math professor named Peter Stoner wrote a little book, Science Speaks [Moody Press, 1963]. But it will be a time of terror and awful regret for those who have rejected Christ. Prayer. © 2021 Words of Life Ministries - an independent evangelical Registered Charitable Trust (no.269381) Cookie Policy | Privacy Policy Website by: TEKOA Creative, Study 10 A GREAT CHRISTIAN’’S DYING TESTIMONY, Study 11 BODILY SICKNESS AND DIVINE HEALING, Study 4 A CALL FOR CONSTANCY AND PERSEVERANCE, Study 6 GOD’’S SOLID FOUNDATION STANDS FIRM. 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. How would you answer this charge. 23:2; Jer. 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. So it seems preferable to understand that Peter is saying that the Old Testament prophets gave us a sure word about Christ. In Revelation 21, we read of the magnificent vision of the New Jerusalem, the heavenly city that comes down from above. 13:2-3; Acts 28:25; Heb. What should you say? 16-18 demonstrate that Peter believed that the transfiguration was decisive proof for his view, not questionable in the least.”. So, Peter’s point is, we are not free to interpret the Word in any way that we please. Q. Peter continues (1:19b), “to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.” The flow of thought from the context is, “Since the Old Testament prophets predict the power and glory of Christ in His coming and since our experience on the mount of transfiguration confirmed those prophecies, pay close attention to the Scriptures.”. But, against this view is the meaning of the word “interpretation,” which only occurs here in the New Testament. Some follow the King James Version, which translates, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy ….” The idea is that the written word is more sure than the disciples’ experience on the mount of transfiguration was. 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. The foundation of God’s actions is His unfailing love for us. 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. Isaiah 53 also describes Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for our sins. A Prophetic Foundation is summed up briefly as being "the purpose of God for one's life, or for a church." Jesus told Peter it was not of his (Peter's) own that he had had such a revelation. So Catholics had to depend on the priests as the correct interpreters of Scripture. The apostolic witness to Jesus Christ, which we now have in the New Testament, is one leg of the foundation of our faith. 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. It has been interpreted in three main ways. 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. All of these, plus many more prophecies, were specifically fulfilled in the life of Jesus Christ. You can’t become what God wants you to be on a faulty foundation. While certain portions of Scripture were dictated directly by God, in most places He used the personalities and experiences of the authors to shape their language and message, but the final product is, as Hodge puts it, “what they said God said.” (See 2 Sam. 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 ×). Q. It would involve a ball of silver dollars extending 30 times as far as from the earth to the sun! But notice that our key verse also contains:-, What is it? Paul, as an apostle, "laid the foundation," namely, Jesus Christ. It means to untie a knot or solve a puzzle. 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. As you know, He was crucified between two criminals, but buried in the tomb of a rich man. The practical result of this has been that many Roman Catholics have never read or studied the Bible on their own. It shows that Scripture comes to us through human authors, but that they didn’t make it up themselves. 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.”. Rather, they were moved or carried along by the Holy Spirit. Faith is the foundation for what we hope, the foundation for our relationship with God and everything that it implies within His purpose. 2:19). 5:10; Rom. 2:28; Num. The future … Since Christians have so many different interpretations of the Word, how do we determine which are right and which are of primary importance? Second, the Bible interprets itself, especially, individual authors interpret themselves. Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. 4. 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 apostlesa… 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. 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. 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. Good News Translation Your kingdom is founded on righteousness and justice; love and faithfulness are shown in all you do. Jesus Christ is our chief cornerstone, the sure foundation, the Word made flesh. This very fact is affirmed by Jesus Himself. Our foundation is supposed to be built on the Rock, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. 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. As we’ve seen, Peter knows that he is about to die (1:14). 61-62) argues that the Greek word order favors that translation. 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. 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. It is called a foundation in order to express better its immobility - now compare Psalm 11:3-4; Matthew 7:24 … And, since even Christians interpret the Bible in so many different ways, how can we know that our interpretation is correct? But, again we must deal with some interpretive problems in order to understand verse 20. Scripture is not to be interpreted subjectively, according to my feelings or preferences, but rather, objectively, according to the meaning of the text. The foundation of God will never be destroyed, so all will be well! But, what does Peter mean when he says “more sure”? Building a solid house of faith on the foundation of Christ is a lifelong process. Mercy and truth stand in front of you. 16:16-18). It is the word of the Sovereign of the universe, to whom we will give account. The foundation of a house tells you how big the house can get. 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. 44-45). 7:24-27). Words mean something and languages put words together in structured ways. PAUL’S SECOND LETTER TO TIMOTHY by Francis Dixon Scripture Portion: Psalm 87:1-7. 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. These three sins are mentioned in this chapter:-. 40:3-5). 24:17). Does debt affect giving in modern times in light of the Israelite tithe and slaves? In context, Paul is talking about the Corinthian church as "God's building" (3:9). So he probably means that now, in the darkness, the prophetic word shines to illumine our path. As the Lord looks at the professing Church He knows those in that Church who are His. 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. Thus. 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. "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. Key verse: 2 Timothy 2:19, In both of Paul’’s letters to Timothy there are strong warnings against the dangers of the apostasy which was appearing in the Church, and which would increase, especially in the last days –- look up and compare 1 Timothy 1:3-4; 4:1; and 2 Timothy 4:3-4. But, what does Peter mean when he says, “the morning star arises in your hearts”? Our God is a just God. (Matthew 7) To interpret it according to your subjective feelings would be to twist the Scriptures, something that the false teachers were doing (2 Pet. Therefore, Peter tells us to pay attention to that word as a lamp shining in the dark, until Christ returns. But Peter clearly believed in the objective, bodily, personal return of Christ. Hebrews 11:1 In the phrase "faith is the substance of things hoped for," Paul is not really defining what faith is, but rather he is showing what faith does in an operative sense: Faith undergirds what we hope for.Substance means "that which stands under." Second, some understand the verse to be referring not to the interpretation of Scripture, but rather to its origin. Unless you take time and effort to develop this foundation of love, your efforts to turn from iniquity will eventually fail in the long term. When Scripture refers to something that has been true “ from the foundation of the world,” it means “for all of human history.”. The third view is that Peter is saying that we aren’t free to interpret Scripture according to our own personal whims. The Bible says that the world is like that. Turn to God. Rather, they must depend on the official teaching of the church. As Christians, we build our lives and stake our eternity on the truth of God’s Word. A Lasting Legacy: Choosing A Wife For Isaac (Gen. 24:1-67). Yet, in spite of the attacks, the Word of God endures forever (1 Pet. 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! God does not change His mind on His purpose for our life, or for a church. The central focus of all Scripture is the Lord Jesus Christ. As He transforms our life through His Spirit, our actions and … 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. Praise the Lord that He knows who belongs to Him and who does not belong to Him! 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. There are many hazards where you can conk your head or fall into a pit. We live with the tragic results in the unending wars, crime, suffering and death we see all around us in this world. 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. Have you ever watched footage of when they want to take down an old skyscraper? Verse 21 is one of the key verses explaining the inspiration of Scripture. That psalm also describes the taunts of His accusers (v. 8) and the soldiers casting lots for His garments (v. 18). Why not? The three disciples then recalled their experience on the mount of transfiguration, where seeing Jesus’ glory was a prophetic glimpse of His coming again. The ‘‘wickedness’’ referred to here includes any transgression of the commands of Christ. 7:16), in the city of Bethlehem (Mic. The transfiguration confirmed and clarified the truth that was there, but which they did not understand until after that experience. Now mark one of those silver dollars, stir it into the whole mix, blindfold a man and tell him he can go as far as he wants, but he has to pick just one. 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. So it more likely refers to the proper interpretation of prophecy after it was given, not to originating the prophecy (Schreiner, p. 323). In this verse there are three words to which we should give careful heed:-, What is it? If you let Paul in context interpret Paul on justification by faith and James in context interpret James on justification by works, they do not contradict each other. How should we respond if the foundations are destroyed? Through prayer and meditation on Scripture, we learn to know and love our heavenly Father and understand what pleases Him. We build on that sure foundation by hearing and obeying the words of Jesus (Matt. 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. 106-107), take 1017 silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. The foundation of God is secure. And that’s just 16 prophecies, not the 300 which Jesus fulfilled! To illustrate, Professor Stoner says (pp. 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 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. 3:7; 10:15.) In Genesis 3:22 God says, "Since man has become like one of Us...." The One of whom the prophecies spoke will be with us personally, shining fully into our hearts. When these are abandoned, the foundation begins to crumble, and the nation is in danger of collapsing. The words of the apostles and prophets are His revelation and they are all still true. 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. What the Bible says about Foundation of God's Word. This foundation is absolutely secure; it cannot be moved, and on either side of it there is a seal or inscription. 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. Who Is the Foundation of the Church? 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. It includes all forms of lawlessness. They will cover the entire state two feet deep. It carries God’s authority and wisdom for how we should live. His ministry would be introduced by a forerunner, who would speak in the spirit and power of Elijah (Mal. Ironically, these verses challenge us with some difficult interpretive issues, so I will try to explain the text as we work through it, so that we can apply it correctly. For many years, the Church opposed translating the Bible into the common languages of the people for fear that they would misinterpret it. Read the Passage. The question is, is the church over the Word or is the Word over the church? Engineers put dynamite at strategic places in the foundation. Every God-ordained church starts off on a Prophetic Foundation. Since we have the solid foundation of God’s inspired Word, we must pay careful attention to it and interpret it correctly. Psalm 22, written hundreds of years before crucifixion was known as a means of execution, describes His death on the cross. Charles Hodge gives one of the best explanations (Systematic Theology [Eerdmans], 1:154). The NASB usually gives an almost literal rendering of the Greek text, but in verse 20 it errs. That end time is called “the day of the Lord.” It will be a day of gladness and hope for believers, because our redemption draws near (Luke 21:28). It All Boils Down to Time Matthew 16:18 ESV / 177 helpful votes. ~ 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. ( From Forerunner Commentary ) Luke 6:47-48. 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. 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. 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. “Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: ‘The Lord knows those who are His,’ and, ‘Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity’” (2Ti 2.19). That solid foundation is the revealed Word of God. The sure foundation of God is Christ (1 Cor. When a … 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. Be careful to interpret it correctly. 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. Before we leave this point, consider for a moment just some of the prophetic Scriptures with regard to Jesus Christ. They would say that if you claim to know what the Bible says, you are dogmatic and arrogant. There should be a zeal and a desire for the Word of God in every true believer. 2. But, what does Peter mean when he says that the morning star “arises in your hearts”? ), “the Word of God is a more reliable verification of the teachings about the person, atonement, and second coming of Christ than even the genuine first hand experiences of the apostles themselves.”, While I greatly respect John MacArthur, I have to agree here with Thomas Schreiner, who argues (p. 320), “this would subvert the argument in vv. 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