The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 3 December 2019 – Vital Things A Christian Should Remember
TOPIC: Vital Things A Christian Should Remember
READ: 2 Peter 1:12-21(NKJV)
12 For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth.
13 Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding [you,]
14 knowing that shortly I [must] put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me.
15 Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease.
16 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.
17 For 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.”
18 And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.
19 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;
20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation,
21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke [as they were] moved by the Holy Spirit.
At the point of Peter’s departure, he reminded believers of vital things they are to watch out for. These include:
(1) False teachings that deny the power and Second Coming of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1: 16)
(2) The glorification of Jesus Christ which he himself witnessed (2 Peter 1: 17)
(3) That no scripture is of• private interpretation (2 Peter 1: 20)
(4) The fulfilment of the prophecy (2 Peter 1: 19).
For a Christian to be steadfast in the faith he/she must study the word of God, depend on the Holy Spirit for understanding and put the word into practice. Doing this will help such a believer avoid false teachers and prophecies.
PRAYER: Righteous Father, grant us knowledge and deep insight of Your word in Jesus name. Amen.