We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Peter witnessed the feeding of the five thousand as he lugged around a basket filled with rolls and fish sticks. He personally climbed out of a boat in the middle of the wave-tossed sea and walked on water to Jesus. He saw the transfiguration of Christ with his own eyes. He lived with Jesus and understood the prophecies of the Old Testament about the Messiah. There was no more guessing when the Christ would come, Peter knew He had already come. No longer did he have to rely on someone’s opinion of the Messiah, He now walked with Him and spoke to Him. Peter didn’t have to trust in the Messiah as if He was some mystical figure like the Tooth Fairy. Peter had seen and touched Jesus. He heard God from heaven say of Jesus, “This is my beloved Son.” From the very mouth of God, Peter now heard audibly the words that God had been speaking through the writings of his appointed men. Prophecy had been the words of God from the mouths of men, but this vindication came from God’s mouth. Now, faith in Jesus’s Divinity did not have to be proven from the texts of the Old Testament, although it could be, God Himself had spoken of Jesus’s Divinity. We truly can believe God’s Words. Peter closes his treatise here in verse 21 with “holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” We don’t have to say one is better than the other. The life experience of hearing the audible voice of God was to Peter as real as the written word of God being breathed through God’s holy penmen. There was no need to make a distinction, because when God speaks it is always with absolute authority. As authoritative as God’s Words were on the Mount of Transfiguration, His Holy Word that we possess in the Scriptures is equally as authoritative. We even now, with surety can read His Word with as much confidence as if He were here speaking audibly the same words to us.
Food For Thought: Which holds more authority, God speaking to us with a voice from heaven or God speaking to us through the pages of the Bible?