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The Scriptures A Safeguard

"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.” 2 Peter 1:19.

The Bible says we have a more sure word of prophecy. More sure than what? More sure than what Peter saw on the mount of transfiguration. See Matt. 17:1-5.

Peter, James, and John “were eyewitnesses of His majesty. . . . When there came such a voice to Him from the excellent glory, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. . . . when we were with Him in the holy mount.” 2 Peter 1:16-18. They witnessed Christ’s face shine like the sun. His clothes glowed with a brilliant white light; Moses and Elijah appeared and spoke with Christ; a bright cloud came down, and a voice spoke out of the cloud saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

Peter affirms that Bible prophecy is more sure than the most intense experience of his life. More sure than what he saw, heard, and experenced on the mount of transtiguration. See 2 Peter 1:19.

Why is this so important?

Demons are also able to work miracles that seem to be from God. “For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles,” Rev. 16:14. “And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do.” Rev, 13:13,14.

Paul tells us that at the end of time Satan will be working with all power, signs, and lying wonders that will deceive everyone who does not love the truth as revealed in God’s word, See 2 Thess. 2:9, 10. Yet we can’t automatically reject all supernatural events. God uses miracles also. So what can we trust? How can we keep from being deceived? “Thy word is truth.” John 17:17. The Bible gives us infallible guidance on how to keep from being deceived. “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Isa. 8:20.

To avoid being deceived we must test all doctrines and experiences by the Scriptures. Whatever contradicts the Bible is false. God’s word is more sure than what we see, hear and experience.

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Created: 8/1/01 Updated: 1/14/04