The Bible is the inspired word of God
The apostle Peter writes about us Christians having a more sure word of prophecy. Then he builds upon that foundation explaining to his readers that we would do well to take heed like a light that shineth in a dark place until the day dawn and the day star arise in our hearts. I am not going to give to much of an introduction because there is much to these three verses that I will be going over with this fine internet audience after I quote the original passage that I will be going over in the Bible.
Peter goes on to write knowing this first that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. One person can not stand up and say, "I know and nobody else knows what this biblical passage means" so if you see or hear this run the other way.
In verse twenty one which is the last verse I will be going over the apostle writes prophecy came not in old time by the will of man but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Ho'ly Ghost. Let me quote the original passage so you can read the text and perhaps make reference to it if need be in this particular study of the Bible.
(19) "We have a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: (20) Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. (21) For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Ho'ly Ghost." 2nd Peter 1: 19 - 21.
In these three verses the apostle Peter presents another argument to prove the truth and reality of the gospel. What Peter was talking about is prophecy was foretold by the prophets of the Old Testament. These God fearing men wrote according to the direction of the Spirit of God. The apostle Peter explains the description that is given of the scriptures regarding the Old Testament by calling what they wrote a more sure word of prophecy. This was specifically a declaration of the power and coming of our Savior who came for the purpose of dying for our sins.
To explain this prophetic precept the New Testament is history based on what the Old Testament says is going to happen which is not a prediction but a biblical prophecy. God does not predict because He knows the future. If a person reads the Old Testament one of the ways he or she should observe it is in light of the prophecies being fulfilled in the New Testament. Our faith in Jesus Christ should be firm because we have a more sure word of prophecy. All of the prophecies of the Old Testament are more sure and certain to us who have the history of the fulfillment in them.
Peter encourages us to search the scriptures by writing we do well if we take heed to them and apply our minds to understand the meaning and our hearts to believe the truth because of this sure word of prophecy. When God makes a promise He intends on keeping it but if He assures us of something based on condition we better make sure we obey God on our part in our relationship with Him. If we please God this profits us for His glory.
Prophecy is a light that God sent into the world to dispel the darkness which is upon the face of the whole world. In light of this we must acknowledge our own darkness. People need to do this to attain eternal life. If people just pick up the Bible and allow the word of God to shine into their hearts that will lead to true salvation in Jesus Christ. Natural notions or pre conceived ideas about God will not be sufficient for fallen man. When the light of scripture convicts a dark heart because of the Holy Spirit just like 2nd Peter 1:19 says (the passage at the beginning of the article) the spiritual day dawns and the day star arise in our hearts. This enlightening of a dark mind is the day break that spreads and diffuses itself through the whole soul until it makes a perfect day. This is a growing knowledge and process even for Christians who should be coming to the Light who is Jesus Christ.
The Apostle Peter lays out one understanding that biblical prophecy is of divine origin. It is from God but that does not mean this is of any private interpretation because this is the revelation of the mind of God. There is a difference between the prophets of the Lord and false prophets. The true prophets did not speak or do anything of their own mind. These men wrote the Bible which was the mind of God.
I wrote a good amount of articles regarding biblical numbers which is on this blog in the year 2016. I went on to prove that different writers at different time periods wrote for example a subject and every time a group of five's came up it always meant and stood for grace. These authors did not even know most of the other writers in different time periods throughout history and yet the same meaning consistently in context is evident throughout the entire Bible. You would have to go back and read a couple of the writings to understand what I am trying to portray to you but my point is the Bible would have to be the infallible word of God. There is nothing like concrete evidence to prove our point. The divine origin of the Bible should be known and owned by all who read the word of God because we have a sure word of prophecy. This subject is so important because the divinity of the scriptures must be first acknowledged and then known before people can give heed to them.
The apostle Peter explains to us how the Old Testament was compiled. These were holy men of God who were employed with the work we call the word of God. The pen men of the scriptures were holy men of God that He chose for this assignment but they were moved by the Holy Ghost according to verse twenty one. If the Holy Spirit is not involved it is not worth recording. Do you Remember the 400 years before the New Testament? God made a decision not to put a prophet on the earth. Nothing was recorded. At the risk of repeating myself --- if the Holy Spirit is not involved it is not worth recording.
The Holy Spirit is the supreme agent but the holy men that wrote the Old Testament were the messengers. The Holy Ghost inspired and dictated to them what they were to write from the mind of God. The third Person of the Trinity effectually engaged them to speak/write what He placed in their minds and mouths. When we read the Bible we need to remember that this book was written by holy men inspired, influenced and assisted by the Holy Ghost.
If you are not a believer remember God preserved His word for you so you could read the Bible. It is one hundred percent true but that does not mean you will understand everything in the word of God. Do not get hung up on understanding everything you read but remember reading the scriptures usually gives us the blessings. God will give us the answer in His time. Now may be a good time to accept Jesus Christ in your heart as your personal Savior and Lord by repenting all your sins and inviting the Lord into your life. Perhaps you just made that choice and if you did read the King James version because many other renditions are very far off the original text.
If you did not make that all important eternal decision I would still recommend you read the Bible. If anyone is honest with God and desires to get right the Holy Spirit will meet you half way. For example the Bible teaches in the book of James if we draw close to God He will draw close to us. This is the principal. Understand that the Bible is the inspired word of God.
God bless you,