Our Sure Foundation
2 Peter 1:16-18
Let us for one moment pose the question, how do we know Jesus is real? Are we absolutely sure of our belief? The simple answer to the questions would be to say that the Bible tells us so. But, how do we know the Bible is true?
As a young man, before God called me, I know I asked these questions, probably it is safe to say that all Christians have at one point contemplated the same questions.
So, how do we know that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that the Bible is true?
Since the Garden of Eden, Satan has been sowing seeds of doubt, that lead to the development of myths and legends, encouraging disbelief in Biblical truth such as creation. Prompting taunts about the return of Christ
History goes on as it has before “you are being irrational, illogical and preventing human progress by holding to your foolish, ancient beliefs.” How do we answer these attacks? Can we answer them? Where is the foundation in our faith?
The Christians to whom Peter wrote his letter were faced with the same questions that we ask today. The world told them that their faith was foolish, that there was no proof Jesus is the Son of God and that the Old Testament is nothing but a book of myths. “From the time the fathers fell asleep everything has stayed as it was since the world was first created”. (2 Peter 3:4)
The LORD knew how the world would taunt and tempt Christians with these accusations until the Day He returns, it was the Holy Spirit moved Peter to write the letter, “We didn’t follow any clever myths when we told you about the power of our Lord Jesus Christ and His coming.”
I have on many occasions looked to 2 Peter 1 as a foundation of my belief.
Firstly, Peter is about to cast off his mortal shell, he is about to be reunited with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus is about to take him to the place he promised He would prepare for him.
But before he leaves, he provides the believer with two incredible words of assurance.
The first reminds me that Peter was there on the Holy Mount, when Moses and Elijah appeared before Jesus. The two witnesses of Revelation representing the Law and the Prophets were standing before the beloved Son and welcoming in the New Covenant.
Peter says that he did not get his information from myths which are the inventions of man and tell fictional stories to try to explain the world. Peter says that what the Apostles have told about Jesus Christ is absolutely true because they were eyewitnesses of what they have reported. They were simply proclaiming what they had seen and heard.
“This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased’- and we ourselves heard this utterance made from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. And so we have the prophetic word made more sure, 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.”
Father God, remind us that what Peter is proclaiming is not a myth or fairy tale. Thank You, it is not the invention of men. It is a sure foundation upon which we can rejoice and move forward with certainty in our daily walk.