Scripture Reading: II Peter 1:12-21.
Memory Verse: “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 Holy Ghost.” (II Peter 1:21)
The key to any religion is what its beliefs are based upon. Peter bares his heart that all may see Jesus. This revelation was based upon his actual experience and the responsibility he felt toward God’s people.
His open discussion about his soon coming death should not be taken lightly. His life was changed because of the time he spent with Jesus, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and the testimony of the prophets. These experiences gave him great strength as the time of his death drew near. God inspired him to share this compelling faith so that it might help others.
No other religion is based upon a supernatural authority that was eye witnessed by thousands. Even historians pen the mighty counts of this era. Other religions survive by intellectual assent. A Christian bases his authority upon a known and proven power, one that has been seen, experienced, and recorded from a divine viewpoint.
Anew we pledge ourselves to thee,
To follow where thy truth shall lead;
Afloat upon its boundless sea,
Who sails with God is safe indeed.
- What value is there of being reminded of truths we know and practice? II Peter 1:12.
- How long did Peter feel responsible to remind and encourage his brethren? II Peter 1:13. What does it take to “stir you up” regarding God’s world?
- How was Peter handling the fact that his martyrdom was near? II Peter 1:14; John 13:36; 21:18-19.
- What provision was Peter making as his death drew near? II Peter 1:15. Do we make the most of every opportunity?
- Why was Peter so certain that his teachings were based upon the authority of God? II Peter 1:16; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 5:15.
- What supernatural event was Peter using as an example of this authority? II Peter 1:17-18; Mark 9:2-8. Do you think this experience was helpful to Peter in facing death?
- What authority are we to depend upon? II Peter 1:19; Psalm 119:105. Do you think these men were grounded in the Old Testament scriptures?
- To what great event was Peter feeling very close? Titus 2:13; Revelation 22:16.
- Where does our authority NOT come from, and how should we react to the human viewpoint? II Peter 1:20; I Corinthians 2:13.
- What is the authority of the scriptures based upon? II Peter 1:21; II Samuel 23:2. What should be the final authority for managing the Christian walk? II Timothy 3:15-17.
EXTRA-MILE QUESTION: Describe the basis for interpreting difficult passages of scripture. Use scriptures or examples not given in this lesson.