Sermon: Precious & Magnificent Moments – Men Moved by the Holy Spirit Spoke from God
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: II Peter 1:20-21
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Precious & Magnificent Moments
Men Moved by the Holy Spirit Spoke from God
II Peter 1:20-21
Be a people empowered by hope to lead lives of love. Let your confidence in the coming day of joy make you compassionate in the present night of woe.
I. Why or How?
“Pay attention to the prophetic word … knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation.”
Peter is either giving us a why to pay close attention to the prophetic word, or is telling us how to pay attention to the prophetic word.
II. Whose Interpretation of What?
You can’t just give Scripture any old meaning you please.
No individual is entitled to interpret prophecy, or Scripture, according to his personal whim.
III. The Way in Which We Should Heed the Word
The meaning of Scripture does not change with every new reader or every new reading. It cannot be twisted to mean whatever we like.
IV. God’s Meaning not Man’s
The meaning of Scripture is not like putty that we can mold according to our desires. It is the work of the Holy Spirit and carries a solid, firm, divine intention.
Do you need encouragement that the day is really going to dawn—that the life of self-control, patience, brotherly affection, and love is really leading to glory? Then go to the Scriptures.
V. Three Implications for Our Lives
And to that end you submit yourself to the severe discipline of memory and analysis and construction, until you have assurance that his meaning and not your own has been found.
If you believe that the Bible is the Word of God with authority over your life, it takes a good deal of humility to interpret it correctly.
The work of the Spirit is not to add new information to the Scripture, but to make us sensitive and submissive to what is already there.
Destruction Is Not Sleeping
II Peter 2:1-10