READ : 2 Peter 1:12-21
The only Bible the people of the New Testament had was the Old Testament. The heart of the Old Testament consists of God’s dealings with the nation of Israel. It also includes promises of the fulfillment of God’s plan in what was at that time the future. That fulfillment was centered in the coming of Jesus.
The testimony of eyewitnesses was written down and became the beginning of what is now the New Testament. As Peter says “we were eyewitnesses of his majesty” (v. 16) and “we ourselves heard this voice” (v. 18). The rest of the New Testament consists of the interpretation of the meaning of Christ and His work.
What Peter says about Scripture can be applied to the whole Bible. He says that prophets (those who received their message from God and therefore proclaimed God’s message through voice or writing) were inspired by the Holy Spirit to say what they said. The Bible consists of the record of these messages and therefore is the Word of God (v. 21). God speaks to us through this Book, telling us the truth about Himself and us, telling us His plans for our lives. Therefore, we must be sure to read the Bible prayerfully every day, so that we may listen to God speak to us. And we must be sure to respond to His message in faith and obedience.
Father, we thank You that we hear you speak to us through the sacred pages. Give us grace to obey. In Jesus’ name. Amen.