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Is It True? How Can I Know?

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May 24, 2021 2:00 am

Is It True? How Can I Know?

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May 24, 2021 2:00 am

Truth is a slippery word. Definitions get assigned to it that are contradictory, purely individual, and without any validation. In the message "Is It True? How Can I Know?" Skip shares how you can know that what you believe in and hope for is true.

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Rights of his audiences as you have been such a dark world like you would like a flashlight. Yes dear shaken but you're not shaken like people who don't understand this.we know what the Bible predicts is dependable. I am 119 105 David's visual word is a lamp to my feet and it's a life is to transform you to live for him. How much time do you spend studying today on connect with Skip Heitzig Skip looks to the Scriptures to affirm your beliefs and give you confidence in your faith before we begin, here's a resource that encourages you to live with bold faith as you explore the inspiring stories of women in the Bible comes to mind when you think of right godly women probably Jesus's mother Mary, maybe Ruth, the unlikely ancestor of Christ.

What about you here's a New York Times best-selling author Eric the taxes clearly God created us male and female in his image. It's leaning into who we are as women for women that is going to show God's greatness. Discover how the lives of some of the greatest women in history can show you the path to true greatness in your own life as a woman made in God's image, that's what you'll find in this month's inspiring resource by Eric metathesis everyone a seven women. I think you see a different side of femininity seven women is our thank you for your gift of $35 or more today to help connect more people to God's word and right now will also send you a special bonus resource pastor Skip next message CD collection on women from Scripture to get online securely or call 800-922-1888 second Peter chapter 1 as we get into the teaching I've heard and read hundreds and hundreds of testimonies of Muslims and restricted Islamic countries that Jesus appeared to them in a dream and they were converted because of one who was Iranian radical Muslim became disillusioned with Islam and she was disillusioned in the peak of that disillusionment. Jesus appeared to him in a dream and eventually he gave his life to Christ another by the name of Ahmed said having a beautiful vision of Jesus Having recurrent nightmares of judgment.

This so shook him that he found in Arabic Bible and read it in secret why in secret because they would kill him. They found, and so he read about Jesus and what he said and the miracles that he performed and he was so impressed and drawn to Jesus that he gave his life to Christ. So Peter said I was an eyewitness. I saw this miraculous transfiguration happened before my eyes. Personal experience is what I saw but notice he also says this is what I heard.

Verse 17 for he, Jesus received from God the father honor and glory. When such a voice came to him from the heavenly glory.

This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased. You know God the father said that twice in Jesus ministry right. Once at the baptism once or at the transfiguration, and we heard notices we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain. So now we understand that the vision that he saw was accompanied by a soundtrack, he heard a voice. God spoke now. This is written in the emphatic and it could better be translated. We ourselves heard this voice and others did not know somebody will read or hear this I go all hearing voices.

Are we Peter, first of all, you saw some crazy things out here hearing some crazy things and people would say oh no, not just me but me and James and John. All three of us together saw the same thing and heard the same thing at the same time, and by the way, Jesus was there. Owen also let's count Moses and Elijah. There's a whole group, and the more you have, who see and hear the same thing. The chances of fabrication are greatly diminished and why is this important because people who are unknowing will accuse New Testament writers of hallucinations they heard voices. Are they they were so predisposed to this, they thought they saw a resurrection or they thought they saw a vision that defies everything we know today about hallucinations. Experts in the field will say that individuals can get a hallucination groups cannot. If a group sees the same thing. And here's the same thing. That's no longer classified as a hallucination there something happening that needs to be accounted for and by the way, they will say typically, there are certain profiles of individuals high strong individuals, imaginative individuals. Those are the kinds of people that hallucinate that does not fit the profile of Peter, James and John. So Peter is saying I along with two of my other buddies we were eyewitnesses to this glorious apparition. It was a trailer to the real event that is the second coming and something we saw and it's something we heard her pause to think what would it would've been like to be an apostle to be just be hanging around Jesus living with them for 33 and half years and just watching him and hearing him and it's now starting to dawn on you who this guy is your following around.

At first he was just as Rabbi said some really cool stuff, but now he's walking on water. Now he's raising dead people. Now he's doing this miracle and that miracle in your astonished at who your following John wrote about that in first John chapter 1. This what he said. That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at in our hands. They have touched this we proclaim concerning the word of life.

The life appeared and we have seen it and we testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life which was with the father and has appeared to us. We are eyewitnesses we saw his works. We heard his words with literate, well withered limbs healed dead people get up we heard sermon on the mount we heard the sermon in the upper room, we heard parables. We heard his words.

We saw his works.

We had the personal experience with. The only problem with personal experiences is that they are personal experiences that are subjective, there your own and somebody can well say well that's your experience with truth. My personal experience with truth is far different than yours. You say you seen and you say you virginal people see and hear things all the time.

Experience itself is not valid and that would be true. Let's say somebody stood before you and said this, ladies and gentlemen, I have a message for you. I have smeared rotten bananas all over my head and my life has changed. I now have peace. I have joy. I have love in my heart I know talk like a monkey. I've been changed. The first question you want to ask. I know the first thought would be that would go through your mind. You guys absolutely nuts, but the first question you ought to ask is, are there any others throughout history who have also smeared rotten bananas on their head and their lives were changed and they had peace and love and joy and talk like a monkey because if we can find throughout history.

This constant stream of individuals who have a like experience of that person who gave the testimony we may be onto something and we might want to invest in bananas in the next few years, but perhaps not. Maybe this is an isolated case. So we look at the apostles of Jesus and beyond the apostles. Those throughout church history, who had a similar experience of inviting Christ into their lives and their lives being radically changed and experiencing peace and joy and love all of the disciples were radically changed. One of the strongest evidences for the gospel is that every one of those apostles except for Judas went to a martyr's death because of what they testified that they saw and heard what we saw this what we heard is what we know our lives were changed, but Peter doesn't end with that and it would be inappropriate and with that if we were to say we know it's true because I've experienced that I've seen that I've heard enough and Peter knows that and so he writes about second line of evidence with the scriptural evidence verse 19 notice and so we have the prophetic word confirmed which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your heart to see what he's doing.

They haven't seen what he has seen. They haven't heard what he is heard, but they have the Scripture, and he says you do well to take heed to that. Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation. For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. I know it's true because of what I've seen. I know it's true because of what I've heard, but now I know it's true because of what I've read scriptural evidence. The Bible is confirming we have the prophetic word confirmed. He said I love the King James the old King James, we have a more sure word of prophecy. I know it's true because of what I've seen and heard, but I really know it's true, and more certain than my own personal experiences is what the Bible says. The Bible predicts the second coming of Christ. So you don't believe me read your Bible as you read the Bible you find case after case after case of fulfilled prophecy not to give you study of prophecy this morning we done that in the past but when you have a book where you find a prediction that God's people would be in slavery in Egypt for 400 years and then it happened, and in the same book. It's predicted that these people will eventually be in a 70 year captivity in Babylon. And it happened and you have prophecy after prophecy of what the Messiah Jesus Christ would do and he fulfills them. You may want to think twice about that book and not just relegated to another holy book example in Isaiah 45. It is predicted that the temple in Jerusalem would be destroyed. 100 years before the actual event in the same chapter. Isaiah 45. It is predicted that Cyrus the king would rebuild the temple before Cyrus was ever born. He wasn't even a twinkle in his daddy's eye he wouldn't come on the scene for another 160 years, but his name was written by the prophet Isaiah, and yet today in America. 4/10 Americans believe that the Bible was written, its entirety, decades after the death and resurrection of Christ, which is not true and it can be shown to be true, but they actually believe it was all written decades after his death and resurrection with those 4/10 Americans need is a good study and fulfilled Bible prophecy, and I have had wonderful lengthy conversations with people about this and I have yet to meet someone who honestly considers the evidence for this and rejects the Scripture because only sale but there's many books that purport to be the word of God, you're right. There's about 25 books right now in the world that claim to be God's very word of those 25 books you know it they're all lacking. Fulfilled prophecy in the Bible has that in spades a few years ago.

National Enquirer put out an interesting article. Speaking of tabloid magazines, but the article was interesting was called modern day prophets, and they asked movie stars, sports figures and politicians to make predictions of what would happen not in six or 60 years, but in the next six months.

That's pretty say it was a prediction will happen in six months they made 61 predictions in total venture a guess. What would you say they were half-light maybe 1/3 of what the product was right, not a single thing that they predicted happened. They flunked completely zero on the test. Peter will admit that experience is not valid by itself, but when you combine it with Scripture. Now it's objective and verifiable.

I know what I saw.

I know what I heard but I also know what I read, and that what I saw what I heard was predicted by the prophets, so the Bible is confirming he also want to know the Bible is enlightening for notice what he calls it.

Verse 19 we have the prophetic word confirmed or a more sure word of prophecy which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place under know how your reacting to the news of the last few weeks and months. I wonder if it's getting to you is to a lot of Americans attack after attack almost daily guys with hatchets in New York attacking police officers in the name of their religion. It's happening in Canada and is almost like you can't keep up with that news diseases like Ebola that are happening and people are being shaken. You need to know that some of these events. Likewise, were taking place in that time and Peter writes of his audiences as you have been such a dark world. You have a light unit like a flashlight.

Yes dear shaken but you're not shaken like people who don't understand this stop we know what the Bible predicts is coming. We have a dependable light in a dark world and it Scripture Psalm 119, 105. David says your word is a lamp to my feet and it's a light to my when Jesus began his ministry. The prophet Isaiah was quoted by Matthew the people who sat in darkness they have seen a great light you do well, says Peter to take heed to Scripture because it's like a lamp, a lantern that that lightens the darkened room.

You'll notice that he says, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. What is he speaking out until the day dawns must be speaking about what he has been speaking about the second coming of Christ.

One day Jesus will come and when he comes all spiritual darkness social darkness political darkness moral darkness will give way to a bright day. What's interesting is he says, until them, and the morning star rises in your hearts, the MorningStar, the Greek word is false.

Photos phosphorus was a technical term for the planet Venus, which was that bright light just before the dawn. You could tell the dawn. The day was about to begin when you would see that planet you see that star in the morning star rises in your hearts to the last verse will close here. The Bible is unerring, besides confirming and enlightening. It's unerring.

Peter writes, knowing he loves outward.

Knowing this first, but no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation. For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit is one of the two most important New Testament verses on divine inspiration. The other second Timothy 316, you know it all Scripture is given by I thought you knew it all Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable. Read a little more.

All Scripture is given by inspiration.

They had new stuff.

It's God breathed, God breathed this one says they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

Now there's a word I want you to notice in the text. That's why hope you bring Bible look at verse 21 of the word interpretation no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation that's an unfortunate translation because when you read it or you hear it. It makes you think of understanding the Bible right I'm reading what is written, and I have an interpretation.

I have an understanding of what is written and it's an unfortunate translation because cultic groups will come along and say no, you really can understand the Bible read the leadership need to explain it all to you and I know you think it means that what it really means that so the word interpretation. In the Greek language refers to the origin. That's why the new living translation puts it this way. No prophecy ever came from the prophets themselves is speaking about the origin of the text is not like you know David or Paulison around when they going you know, I kinda want to write about that or I have an idea is not like it originated from them though God use them now. This is a very good text for Bible inspiration because it says holy men of God spoke as they were what moved by the Holy Spirit.

That's a nautical term, but the sailing term of sales going up and the ship being carried along where the wind determines it will go so the biblical authors hoisted their sales and the spirit of the breath of God fill those sales and carried them to the destination.

God wanted using the individual style of the author.

Personality of the author. That's why John writes different than Paul and you notice those differences, but the destination what was written was under the control of the Holy Spirit. This important because if you try to explain inspiration to a person with all the Bible is inspired. What you don't mean is that it's a mechanical inspiration sunlight calls in the corner, God say not take this down as I dictated to you. That would be mechanical inspiration.

I do believe that nor do I believe in what's called concept inspiration that God gave them the general concepts. The general idea like Paula give you the general idea Paul about love and so Paul goes you know, right myself my own thoughts.

First Corinthians 13 that's concept inspiration, nor do we believe in natural inspiration. You might go to a concert or you might see an artist and you say that artist he so inspired will there is a level of natural inspiration that great artists are great musicians have but that's not what we mean by this we mean is yes, these biblical authors have their own styles their own personalities, but when they hoisted their sales in the breath of God took over. They were carried along, so that the destination or the tax. The resultant text is indeed the very word of God. We believe that if God can great the heavens and the earth. Certainly that's not a big task for when you add human experience to divine revelation. Now you have a powerful combination.

If you just have what I saw what I heard. Apart from what the Bible says, you just have a subjective set of experiences you can argue that with anybody else but you won't get very far. If you does have the divine text you've never experienced it. So what you put them both together. You have truth set on fire so I conclude with this HP Barker said I was looking out my window and I looked at the garden I saw three things. First I saw a butterfly that was beautiful and would a light upon a flower and then flutter to another to another only for a second or two and then move on.

It would touch as many blossoms as it could, but derived absolutely no benefit from it. But second, there came a botanist into the garden. The botanist had a big notebook under his arm in a big magnifying glass in the botanist would lean over a certain flower and he would look for a long time and he would write notes in his notebook and he was there for hours writing notes that he close them stuck them under his arm tucked his magnifying glass in his pocket and walked away. The third thing I noticed was a B just a little be, but the B would light upon a flower and would sink deep down into the flour and extract all the nectar and pollen that it could it when in empty every time and it came out full, and the author says. Which are you when it comes to Scripture which are you are you like the butterfly you flit from this Bible study to this Bible study from this church to that church of S people what church you go to.

Why don't all that is like I get a little here you little bear, especially, I like the kind with her just a big pep talk and I can smile a lot when I go and leave the lighter the better for you. Like the botanist owner know you're in the deep study and you want to take all these notes you get out the magnifying glass and you search in all the original stuff you take more notes and then you leave forgetting what you just wrote on the paper or you like the B you go in empty you come out full and its fuel for your life.

It's pollen for your existence, its nourishment to your soul, and their truth is that you live by.

You decide which one you will then grab some Skip Heitzigs its message from the series box right now you Skip to tell you about how you can keep encouraging messages like this coming your way as you help connect others to go.

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