2 Peter (623b)
A Word more certain...

2 Peter says a remarkable amount about the word of God, about the Scriptures. In fact, one can easily claim that 2 Peter emphasizes the Scriptures. It is a wonderful book for our study, since a great need in our society is to emphasize the Bible.

We have just about forgotten the nature of knowledge and truth. Francis Schaeffer, in Escape from Reason (1968) spoke of this epistemological gap when he referenced a "theory of knowledge and the limits and validity of knowledge." When truth is viewed differently, God's word is viewed differently. When the rules for determining the validity of knowledge are changed, the underpinnings of God's word are altered.

There are two problems with the changing views of knowledge in our society and culture.

In a world rejecting rational thinking, we need the message of 2 Peter to avoid moral anarchy. This is the thrust of 2 Peter 2. Here we can see the ultimate destination and application.

Alan Bloom, Closing of American Mind, relativism does not open the mind to new truths, but only closes it to old traditional ones. The greatest fear today is not error but intolerance. And he wrote that in 1968.

The nature of the Bible is based in the nature of God.

  • God does not violate his own laws of reality.
  • Man thinks as he does because God thinks as he does.
  • Man is made in the image of God.
  • God is not self-contradictory, Jas. 1:17; Num 23:19

    Finally, this applies to hermeneutics, how we interpret and understand the Bible. We use rational logic, grammar, knowledge of culture and history, along with basic laws of writing and logic. We are saying that 2 Peter speaks to where many in our world live today. It speaks to where we live.

    I. The sufficiency of Scripture, 1:3-4

  • A. Sufficient...
  • B. Sufficient because God has given us all things

    II. The Source of Scripture, 1:16-21

  • A. God or man?
  • B. Five statements about Scripture

    III. Singleness or Solidarity (unity) of Scripture, 3:1ff
    Let's call this speaking of Scripture its singleness, or solidarity. The message of Scripture is one message. It is solid. Solidarity, identifying with us. But also solid, dependable, reliable. This Scripture has a two-fold nature.

  • A. It is of God
  • B. It is of man--Prophets and Apostles

    IV. The scope of Scripture, 3:14-15 (which is in reality an outline of 3:3ff)

  • A. It speaks of the future, 3:14 (referring to vv. 9-13)
  • B. It speaks of the present, present lifestyles, present situations, 3:14
  • C. It speaks of the past history of God's dealings with mankind, 3:15 (cf. vv. 3-8)

    V. The Subversion of Scripture, 3:16-18

  • Scriptures are often wrested to destruction by the unlearned and unstable, 16
  • Beware lest we be caused to fall from steadfastness by such errors, 17
  • Always grow, 18

    Conclusion

  • There is a truth that is absolute, it is truth whether recognized or unrecognized
  • Truth is knowable, ascertainable
  • Truth in Scripture is above feelings
  • God gave us truth in his word, the Bible. It is sufficient...From God...through man...dealing with all of life and time
  • Yet many seek to deny it or change it

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    Last updated March 20, 2005.