The word of the Prophets fulfilled by Jesus. 2 Peter 1

As we continue our walk through 2 Peter, we are in Chapter 1.  In the first part of his letter, Peter, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, is telling the followers of Christ to remember truths that will help them, and encourage them, and comfort them if doubt hits.  He had reminded them that they posses divine power through their faith in Christ Jesus – as do we.   He reminded them the kingdom of God is in Christ Jesus now and forever.  He had reminded them of when he personally heard Father God say, “This is my Son, whom I love, and with Him I am well pleased”, as he stood upon a mountain with James and John and saw Jesus transfigured as He talked to Moses, and Elijah.  Now he reminds them of the prophets words which told of the Lord’s coming, of His death, and of His resurrection hundreds of years before it happened.  All were fulfilled by the life and death and resurrection of Jesus.

We pick up at verse 19 of Chapter 1:  “And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.  Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation.  For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
2 Peter 1: 19-21
Many prophecies in the Old Testament point to the coming of the Messiah – He who would rescue man from his fallen state, and from evil.  He who would restore man to what he was created to be.
As we read the writing of the prophet King David in Psalm 22, we see the prophesy of the crucifixion. The Holy Spirit showed David all that would go on that day even to the pierced hands and feet, and the dividing of the Lord’s garments and casting lots for His clothing.  Of the crowd mocking Him, and hurling insults.  Of the words spoken by our Lord Jesus as Father turned His back so as not to have to look at all the sins taken from us, and cast upon His Son.  The Messiah would say,  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  The Holy Spirit showed David the end results of how all will bow down to Him for “dominion belongs to the Lord.”  The living and the dead will proclaim His righteousness for He has done it all for us.
The Holy Spirit showed the prophet Isaiah, as we see written in Isaiah 53  the suffering the Lord would go through for us. Of how He would be pierced for our transgressions, and crushed for our iniquities.  Of how the punishment that brought us peace was laid upon Him, and that “By His stripes we are healed.”  “For the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”  He was shown that after the suffering and death for us the Lord would see life again, and that He would be made great.
The Holy Spirit showed the great prophet Moses that the Messiah would suffer for us because of the fall of Adam, Genesis 3:15;  and that the Messiah would restore us to reign again in Him through His righteousness, Deuteronomy 30:3
There are many prophesies yet to be fulfilled.  But as Peter is saying, “Jesus made the word of the prophets more certain.  They are written down for us.  We should pay attention to them”.
Jesus, the greatest Prophet of all,  prophesied that He would come again.  He told us what to do until He does come again. He told us He had provided victory for us, and life in Him was where it lay.  His words are “a light shining in a dark place.”
We have His words in the Bible – the written Word of God.  All of us who have professed our faith and trust in Jesus are ‘prophets’ who are to proclaim the truths of the Word.  A prophet today has it written down for him/her, but still delivers the message through the Holy Spirit.  Our job is simply to proclaim it, and live it.   Paul wrote, “Follow the way of love, and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. Everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.” 1 Corinthians 14:1,3.
The Prophets of old told of things to come.  As prophets of today, we are to tell of the things that ‘have come’, and what the Word tells us of things yet to come.
May it be so for each of us.
You are greatly blessed, highly favored, and deeply loved, God’s Beloveds.  May you prosper in all that is good, even as your soul prospers.
Poppa B.
Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, On Line


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