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God's Word Is Essential     2 Peter 2:12-21      May 13, 2007

If someone asked you if you thought God's Word was essential what would you say? I think most of us would say, "yes." What if the same person asked you why do you think it is essential? What reasons would you give? We might just say the Bible is essential for matters of faith and practice. More specifically two areas come quickly to my mind; the understanding of God and His plan of salvation, and as a guide for the Christian in daily living. We could go on with other expressions but suffice it to say we believe God's Word Is Essential.

1. God's Word Is Essential As It Is . . Established Truth. 1:12-15

A. Established Truth With Essential . . Reminders. 1:12-13

12 Therefore I will always remind you about these things, even though you know them and are established

in the truth you have. 13 I consider it right, as long as I am in this tent, to wake you up with a reminder,

B. Established Truth With Essential . . Recall. 1:14-15

14 knowing that I will soon lay aside my tent, as our Lord Jesus Christ has also shown me. 15 And I will

also make every effort that after my departure you may be able to recall these things at any time.

    God's word is established truth. It has stood the test of time for over 1900 years. When anyone desires something that presents the truth for matters of faith and practice; whether they know it or not they desire the Word of God. It is humorous how some reject the Bible, and run after phony sources of so called truth, and eventually get betrayed by this process. Simon Peter gives us some reminders about the truth of God's Word, and even calls them a wake up call. Simon wanted all of us to recall his words about the Word of God. He probably did not know his writing would become part of the New Testament, but he did compare Paul's writings with other scriptures. (1 Peter 3:16).

2. God's Word Is Essential As It . . Explains Truth. 1:16-18

A. Explains Truth With Essential . . Trustworthiness. 1:16

16 The Trustworthy Prophetic Word For we did not follow cleverly contrived myths when we made known

to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; instead, we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.

B. Explains Truth With Essential . . Testimony. 1:17

17 For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, a voice came to Him from the Majestic

Glory: This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him!

C. Explains Truth With Essential . . Testifying. 1:18

18 And we heard this voice when it came from heaven while we were with Him on the holy mountain.

    Simon Peter explains the Word of God by telling us of its trustworthiness. He shares that he saw Jesus transfigured, and heard God's testimony about Jesus. He further communicates he saw the transfiguration, and actually heard the voice of God. Then he makes clear to us he did not follow fables or myths. Now he is testifying about what he saw and heard. All of this presents a reliable statement explaining the truth of God.

3. God's Word Is Essential As It Is . . Exact Truth. 1:19-21

A. Exact Truth With Essential . . Confirmation. 1:19

19 So we have the prophetic word strongly confirmed. You will do well to pay attention to it, as to a lamp

shining in a dismal place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.

B. Exact Truth With Essential . . Communication. 1:20-21

20 First of all, you should know this: no prophecy of Scripture comes from one's own interpretation,

21 because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, moved by the Holy Spirit, men spoke

from God. HCSB

    In the world today many people make an emphasis that we do not have any absolute truths. They do not seem to realize their statement, "there are no absolutes," just presented an absolute. No absolutes in a world results in chaos in every area of life. Listen to the news programs, and count the number of events that happen that break the commands of God. This illustrates how people have a lifestyle that rejects the essential quality of God's Word. The world does not have an absolute source of authority. We who believe the Bible enjoy an essential source of authority. The Word of God brings an exactness into our lives. Simon speaks to the confirmation and communication of the exactness of God's Word. Let us live in such a way it will demonstrate we believe God's Word Is Essential. Amen? Amen!