The Importance Of Scripture

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“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation” (2 Peter 1:20). Question? Does 2 Peter 1: 20 refer to the origination of prophecy or to its interpretation? Although some have taken this phrase to mean that no individual Christian has the right to interpret prophecy for himself or herself, the context and the Greek word for interpretation indicates another meaning for the verse. The origin in the context of verse 21 is clear that Peter is speaking that Scripture originated from God Himself and not the credentials of the one who interprets it. There is no private source for the Bible; the prophets did not supply their own solutions or explanations to the mysteries of life. Rather, God spoke through them He alone is responsible for what is written in Scripture. This is why Christians should study the Bible diligently. For it is God’s written Word.
Men spoke from God as they were carried along by the “Holy Spirit” (21b), this means that scripture did not come from creative work of the prophets’ or their own invention or interpretation. God inspired the writers, so their message would be authentic and reliable. God used the talents, education, and culture background of each writer. God cooperated with the writers in such a way to ensure that the message he intended was faithfully communicated in the very words they wrote. “All scripture is breathed out by God for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training the righteousness” (2 Tim 3:16). “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to who arrested Jesus” (Acts 1:16).
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...eed to rely on the scriptures because Christian doctrine is not just another point of view and it’s not a fable. The Holy Scriptures can be trusted because they were written by prophets and apostles inspired by the Holy Spirit. We are not to be swayed by people who are guided by unbiblical ideas because judgment is guaranteed for all those who oppose the truths written in God’s Word. We should remember to exercise good judgment by the Holy Spirit to detect false teachings and alluring promises of the ungodly. If anything God’s promises of judgment should prompt us to encourage others to repent and believe in Christ.
Does 2 Peter 1: 20 refer to the origination of prophecy or to its interpretation? It refers to interpretation, God inspired every prophet, apostle, and Christian through the Holy Spirit to write so that in His written Word there would be no doubt.
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