Let me remind
us again of the two words that give us the key to unlock this
epistle written by Peter under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost.
One of the words is ‘Apostasy’ which means forsaking or
abandonment of what one has once professed. The other key word is ‘Remembrance’
which means a statue, a model for imitation, a pattern, a continual
blow of a hammer, to place in the mind as a memorial.
We desire this week
to look at II Peter 1:13-21. Because of the length of this passage
please have your Bible in hand and I will not take up study space to
I would like to
entitle this section “Some Stirring Things”. In verses 13-15
let me mention ‘A Stirring Worth’. Peter mentions in our
text ‘A Frail Worth’. He says, “I think it meet,”
(vs. 13) The phrase means of weighty value. He also mentions being
“…in this tabernacle,” which speaks of a short duration in a
frail tent. (Vs. 13-14) Oh how we are prone to give heed to the
words of man when we think it may be his last words. There is also
in verse 13 ‘A Following Worth’. Peter says, “…to stir
you up by putting you in remembrance;” The picture here is of a
fire with the potential of dying out if it is neglected. He is
speaking as a dying man to a dying people. (Vs. 14)
There is also ‘A
Faithful Worth’. (Vs. 15) Peter has a heart of endeavour to
share these stirring thoughts before he leaves this world. The word
‘endeavour’ means to be zealous to share something that is
stirring in your heart. He wants to tell it before he dies that
they may pass it on.
In verse 16a Peter
mentions ‘A Stirring Wonder’. He tells the reader that he
didn’t ‘follow’ after something. The word, ‘follow’,
means in pursuance of. He is not following ‘cunningly devised
fables’. This phrase means artfully framed by human cleverness,
myths done by the work of embellishment by the Rabbis. It would be
like our Da Vince Code or finding the bone box of Jesus, Mary, Mary
Magdalene, and a son named Judas.
Peter says I can put
to rest these myths because he was an eyewitness of the power and
majesty of Christ. In verses 16-18 Peter shares with us ‘A
Stirring Witness’. Peter says he was an ‘eyewitness’.
The phrase means to behold. It is a technical word meaning one who
was admitted to the highest degree of mysteries. In verses 17-18 we
find what he was an eyewitness to. He was there on the ‘…holy
mount’ of transfiguration. He heard the voice from heaven
saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Peter says in verse 19 that when we have been to the mount of light,
like the transfiguration, why would be want to return to a dark
mountain like Mt. Sinai.
In his mention of
some ‘Stirring Things’ he tells us of ‘A Stirring Word’.
Peter tells us in verse 19 that he didn’t just read the prophecy but
he heard the voice of God. These words are not for “…private
interpretation”. This phrase means to expound by untying the
knots. These scriptures we have before us are a stirring word
because it is not the word of men but it is the Word of God. It
came to holy men as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. Let us
realize the book we have called the Bible is not a book of myths or
fables, but a book received from men because God has breathed it on
them and thru them. Oh, what a stirring thought to remember!