“And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” – 2 Peter 1:19-21
This prophetic word, or the Scripture, is ‘more sure’ than our experiences – even those in Christ. In his letter to the church, Peter testifies (vs. 16-18) to his eyewitness account of his time with Jesus on the mount of transfiguration (Luke 9.28-36). But he doesn’t just leave us to take his word for it; he points us back to the ‘prophetic word,’ or the Scripture, as ‘something more sure’ than his own experience.
Just as the apostles heard Peter, Paul and Barnabas testify to the things God had done among the Gentiles (Acts 15.6-14), that experience was also measured against the Scripture, when James replied, “and with this, the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written” (Acts 15.15).
This is why we must heed Peter’s exhortation to ‘pay attention’ to the Scripture; for the Scripture is what we must measure our experiences against. The Scripture is as ‘a lamp shining in a dark place (v. 19, cf. Ps. 119.105), to illuminate our walk until Christ returns. We have the assurance that the Scripture was not produced by the will of man, but by the Holy Spirit, “breathed out by God” (2 Tim. 3.16).
We must pay attention to the Scripture; for Peter warns us that false teachers and scoffers will come among us with destructive heresies, even denying Christ himself. They will share their experiences, “going on in detail about visions” (Col. 2.18), but their words will be false. They will come to us as the devil came to Jesus (Matt. 4.1-11), pushing us to prove ourselves by questionable deeds, but we must fight back with the Word of God (Eph. 6.17).
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Tim. 3.16-17)
Let us read, study and pay attention to the Scripture; for without it, we will remain “children, tossed to and fro and carried about by every wind of doctrine and human cunning.” (Eph. 4.14)