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November 29, 2019 6:00 am
These men would've been reluctant to believe and follow and die.
They would not have died for a minute and not only did they die they suffered persecution leading up to their deaths. Men don't suffer like this for fabricated stories. They didn't nor should we.
We should have conviction word of God living in powerful. It is able to convict to rebuke to exhort. This is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher Rick Gaston. Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville. Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the book of second Peter, please stay with us after today's message to hear more information about cross reference radio, specifically how you can get a free copy of this teaching. Now here's Pastor Rick with a brand-new study called our trustworthy Bible. In second Peter chapter 1 we are in second Peter chapter 1 second Peter chapter 1. If you have your Bibles chapter 1 verse 16 through 21, for we did not follow cunningly devised fables, when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his Majesty where he received from God the father honor and glory. When such a voice came to him from the excellent glory, this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased. We heard this voice which came from heaven we were with him on the holy mountain. 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 hearts, 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, our trustworthy Bible that is swear. Peter is going with it. In this section he moves from the subject of virtues of Christian walk and now he is talking about the trustworthiness of God's word is sort of an affidavit on Peter's part. What is the tone that he would've used say such words we find in verse 16 he says for we did not follow cunningly devised fables, when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses, I what kind of tone what I use of my audience was sort of defying my testimony if they were saying out, I don't believe in the Bible because origin of man wrote it and just all of the easy to shoot down arguments that we are faced with. Peter is not writing to falls is writing to believers, but I read this in my tone would've been.
We didn't follow cunningly devised fables is sort of a hard defiance that I know what I believe and I'm not asking your permission to believe in what I believe in but I'm inviting you to believe in it to because it's true, and the consequences of letting something as powerful and significant as this past by will be something you will never be ready for.
I did not follow a bunch of myths and fairytales, the word of God fact that word where he says fables that word with thoughts in the Greek means a minute we get our English word myth from that Greek word story of Jesus Christ. It is fact.
It is not fatal okay was not enough to insist that it is the word of God to someone who does not believe it. Satan smuggles in the assumption that God's word is somehow subject to our judgment or approval, he sneaks a Danny does this by blocking out those things that could only come from God and magnifying those things that come from men such as objections woman wrote it will get a little bit of that moment. Modern man falls for the ancient lie God's word is not trustworthy. Go slowly back to Eden. Eve was told.
Has God indeed said what was the tone of Satan, who cares what he was saying was wrong, as indeed God said yeah he did and hell is populated by countless multitudes who just don't want to be true.
God's word, they just don't like it offends that goes against their carnal nature. While we understand that I once held the view, the Bible was not God's word that was, not trustworthy. I held in contempt because I didn't know what I was rejecting so many people don't know what they are rejecting many times the rejecting Christian or aberrant Christian behavior weirdo Christianity, which is all over the place. People believe kooky things in Christ's name and demand you agree with them whole churches subject themselves to this, the unbelievers look oftentimes now a part of that.
I reject it is not God's word because what they see, and so I was rejecting what I did not understand, but when I came to the word itself. Then the mercy of God. I understood.
I thought then it would be easy to convince my friends of the trustworthiness of God.
I was wrong.
Unbelievers. They have their fortifications up.
They don't even know their fortifications many times, so this book that they insist is mythological is far from that its judgments are true opinions are right and sound is loaded with reason. It is everything man needs in this life to meet his maker so that he can be with his maker. After this life, but but but back to Peter. We did not follow cunningly devised, they let prone and wheezing, inclusive of the other apostles.
I just reference the trustworthiness of God's word concerning his own life in the early previous verses, verse 15, up Peter talked about his death. That was prophesied.
Jesus told him that he would die a martyrs death. He believed that as God's word was and it will happen. It has happened from our standpoint, but Peter was the type of man everything we know about him, his character was the type that was interested in facts. They came first and you really couldn't move him with emotions.
A lot of us are just moved by so many things we read on the Internet that sounds true that we wish were so concerning the faith.
But if you fact check it if you dig so often it's just emotionalism. Sometimes it is true we don't have to inject emotionalism into God's word because the emotions are catered to by the Holy Spirit in Scripture, so much so that Paul had to tell the Christians tone it down a little bit outside the box that you need to be in with this man Peter he first heard about Jesus Christ from his brother and is a beautiful story.
Andrew and John were following Jesus. John the Baptist said, behold the Lamb of God takes away the sin of the world. John and Hendry wanted a piece of that. So they want to follow Jesus and he caught up to him and say mastery is what you want, where you staying sober.
We don't want to. Standing on the road talking to you we we have so much to talk to you about Jesus said, come and see. Look at the revelation of Jesus Christ fun. John never stopped seeing this all the way into heaven. Well this Andrew was with him.
We read it in John's gospel chapter 1.
One of the two who heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, we have found the Messiah, which is translated, the Christ, and he brought him to Jesus and I am telling you this was no casual moment with Andrew and his brother Andrew came convinced that Jesus was the Christ. Peter would've picked it up instantly. If his brother was anything less than sure there was no halfway conviction and Andrew Peter. Peter identified he sought no doubt know?
A decisive eagerness to share this truth that every Jew wanted to see happen Messiah even though they did not fully understand all that that meant. Suppose Andrew had said.
I saw a man yesterday who I think might be the Christ who might be the Messiah. The Peter's are you the rubber that I got to go get fish but there was something in Andrew's eyes, and his tone in his mannerisms that drew Peter in because he was able to say this. This is worth investigating.
Well, here he is decades later writing haven't been spruce so much. Haven't seen so much. I have not follow fairytales. That's what he is saying he doesn't have that tone necessarily with his audience of believers, but if anybody should say. You follow this fable, he would've heightened his tone. My anger and wrath, but contempt for the challenge because he knew the truth. Thomas the apostle who is an apostle of courage really don't like when people say he's doubting Thomas. They all doubted it tells us that they all doubted they all fled. They all didn't know what to do there all in the upper room at the door lock ringing the fingers brokenhearted and weeping Thomas's behavior indicates that these men were not gullible.
Jesus is risen. Thomas is okay. You said it, I believe it you had to cross a lot of bridges to get to the heart of Thomas again because his heart was so crushed. Remember they never saw Jesus fail. Then there he was on the cross dead husband devastated and what to do. The point is that had the story of Christ been fabricated. These men would've been reluctant to believe and follow and die.
They would not have died for a myth and not only did they die they suffered persecution leading up to their deaths. Men don't suffer like this for fabricated stories.
They didn't nor should we.
We should have conviction the word of God living and powerful.
It is able to convict to rebuke to exhort continues herein.
Verse 16 when we made known to you the power of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. What we preached is what we lived in we know it's true. We did not preach to you junk just to get your money from you which you'll deal with and chapter 2 we have many charlatans have had them over the centuries from the early days of the church to this present day, your people and not pulpits, but standing at lecterns trying to get into the pockets of the people zone sit in the pews, but the sit in seats. My point is a disassociating church behavior and greed that movement that is not interested in what and who Christ is, but what you can get out of him. So he says we made known to you the power in the coming this is that present that the power fullness of Christ because Peter had come to know him lived with him. You could safely at least three years. Apostates then and now they lose sight of this lesson. If you walk long enough Christ in you, sir. They're going to be times when Christ withdraws his discernible presence and you are left with faith and faith only those days when you were just singing glorious songs you could feel the Lord in your life you would lead and guide you are so sweet and beautiful but as you mature, he pulls back to development in the next phase and you can sense his presence, your feel like singing so much and now it comes down faith. Do you believe what you claim to believe. Or did you just feel you believe what you claim to believe in Christ of the luxuries going get this straight.
If you are serving any length of time will the apostate can handle that. The apostate thought it was just another movement of something in life and all of a sudden when it's now issue of faith. They begin to look to the world and other places to fill that void. Instead of suffering faith to live by faith. The just shall live by faith does not come easy to your flesh ever. Christ knows this is one reason why his new believers is so delicate with us on this topic. Many people come to church and they want their feelings ministered to the minister of the word has to minister the word and it will hit in season and out of season. There's a time when it is just nothing but exhortation yes that's what I need to hear. Thank you. And there are other times when it's out spruce know working on it. Always it is the love of Christ, the apostles were told to share it to go into the world and Sharon Mark's gospel 16. He said to them, go to all the world and preach the gospel to every creature you preach every chance you get. Not casting bro before swine. The parameters were put around it in the precepts of the apostles as they went forward with the ideas that they were to go out into preach that anyone who would have them preach it and that stands for each and every one of us who claim Christ as Lord. To this day.
If you want the gospel, we are more than happy to give it to you. Could these men have written such moral superlative such wonderful things about decent behavior, while they themselves were immoral and lying about what they saw, does not stand to reason with anyone genuinely fall for them saying things that could easily be disputed and shot down. For instance, the days of Peter. Much of the New Testament was written and circulating all the Gospels were out before he died. Those contradictions that appear to be contradictions that we struggle to reconcile. They were there.
The people could've said Peter. Luke says this. John says that Marx is this how do you reconcile anyone when 123 and they were to thank you, otherwise the gospel would've not continued to be circulated, we would not have over 20,000 fragments and whole documents of the New Testament, it would've died, but they were there and they did have their answers ready.
They did reconcile and straighten it out. These men did not say let's make up the good with this makeable religion that preaches good think would really never happen and that is die for it. We saw in our lifetime.
During the days of the Nazis be so Nazis that was so totally taken by Hitler and his rhetoric and then afterward. Many of them realize he was a lunatic and they were angry they were enraged they were ashamed to have ever fallen for it, but they did too much damage was done by then. My point is when people realize they been following the fraud when they become disillusioned by truth. They don't continue to follow it. Those apostles if they preach Christ rose again they would not have continued to preach him if he didn't rise again certainly would not let someone lay their hands on them and abuse them were here.
He says we made known to you because they are to go out to the world and preach the gospel that we do is inclusive of all the apostles and Paul and any other believer preaching the truth. You could say could expect expanded to we made known to the power and the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Now that power. Dumas's explosive power is the identical power that is found in Genesis 11 in the beginning God or God in the beginning he created the universe.
Now again it's expanded to include all preachers of the gospel, but initially Peter is talking about the apostles that were with him in the upper room, but especially the three of himself.
John and James who went up the mount of transfiguration to come out the moment this word, the coming the power and the coming is inclusive of the incarnation, the perpetual presence of Christ, which is here right now Christ is here right now is not blocked out of his universal certainly isn't blocked out of his church.
Although the church is that have become apostate churches that are turning their backs on him. He stands outside the door he knocks for entrance because he's not in their so how do you know the ones that even in that one does not become down to the word is why the church of Philadelphia was told, because you stuck to my word, I will spare you the tribulations coming on the whole world whole planet. Your we do know it's been given to us. The coming, the incarnation is perpetual presence and his return is all in that Greek word, the presence of Christ, so that when Christ withdraws. I did not say leave it will not leave his people, but he will withdraw relative to what we are used to in that sense I am training myself to say back to God when he does this to me and he does not there yet. I still don't like it but to train myself. It is an honor for you to do with me as you please. Because you are my Lord and I am your child. Notice I did not say serve see that inconsistency Lord servant you would expect that would be consistent in all apple orange pencil fruit and led a but anyway, because yes I am his servant, but that's all I am I missing out if I only see myself as the servant of the Lord. I miss out. I am his child. Parents with children know that that means.
And you children who have had parents, loving parents. You know what that means. And if I missed any group because there are those that have not had loving parents. You have a father in heaven that opens his arms to you and say I will love you back more than anyone is ever loved you in this life will you accepted, do you believe it will you receive it well.
It means essentially the power of his coming. He says we were eyewitnesses of his Majesty there in verse 16 we are going to get out of verse 16 this morning, but we know eyewitnesses we saw on the mount of transfer. As we know, in the amount of transfiguration and undisclosed mountain somewhere in the middle. You could say right we don't know it's been hidden because somebody would put a plaque there and charge people to see the plaque. Why did he allow these three, Peter James and John and James noted James the brother of John. You can scan sake. The Bible doesn't say much about them. It doesn't have to avoid says it all, but were not doing a character study on James Peter was why these three will Peter was the first influence among the men. I mean everybody look at Peter Jesus at something that was questionable. Ellicott Peter for what you really Peter and they wouldn't say that aloud.
But he was of course the natural leader and they were happy with this.
James was the first murdered. So we have the first influence in Peter we have the first murder. You know what kind of shockwave that sent through the early church when one of the apostles was murdered. If they going to kill him what's going to happen to me if God doesn't protect James. Was he going to do for me.
One of the reasons probably why Lord allowed to shake up the church and then John will Peter was the first influence of James I martyr. John was the last to write that influence of that day with these three men, it went a long way and is still going what happened on then mountable the Bible of course tells us there would be no doubt as to who Jesus was in the eyes of these three they already saw so much. They had no need for more evidence and Jesus is yellow. I'm going to supercharge it. I'm going to inject into your understanding of who I am. Something that you will never forget you won't get it now to dance should get it later. Not a wasted investment that he was not merely a man in touch with God that he is God the son in human form, they saw the prophecies of the Old Testament prophecies they saw them, confirmed in Christ fulfilled. They had the Old Testament they could turn right open to it, they could turn to Isaiah chapter 6 see the promises they could turned Isaiah chapter 9. See the promises, unto us a child is given wonderful counselor of the mighty God, the everlasting father, the Prince of they could turn and he could see that this amount of transfiguration. It just blew the doors off of doubt it would come back. That's what doubt does what victory you have in Christ doubt will hunt you down again and the same thing is to take place. You face it you deal with it and fruit comes out of that. Otherwise nothing gets done. Doubt is everywhere. We all get our doses of doubt in this life. Well, Peter, James and John. They witnessed something held back from every other human being on earth. It was held back from every but everyone else, but they got it.
His Majesty, his magnificence is splendor. What does that mean that they not see when it was healing and teaching walking on the water. Not like this. Imagine if you had a friend who was Jesus as far as healing tediously open insight matters and she just never would've thought possible. That's all we have time for. On today's edition of cross reference radio you've been listening to Pastor Rick Gaston of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville in Virginia as he teaches through the book of second Peter if you'd like to listen to more messages from this series or if you'd like more information about this program please visit our website cross reference radio.com.
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