Blessed Assurance

2 Peter 1:12-21

Adrian Rogers

Sermon Overview

Scripture Passage: 2 Peter 1:12-21

In days of counterfeit Christianity, confusion, and New Age mysticism, we must be acquainted with what is real, which is the Word of God. The Bible is the basis of our belief and the bedrock of our blessed assurance.

The Apostle Peter shares three poignant things about the Word of God.

First, the Word of God survives human teachers.

Peter knew he was going to die soon, and he urged his hearers to remember what he taught them (2 Peter 1:12).

Even still, he knew that memory is defective and selective. But we are not at the mercy of memory; God has written His Word down and it will endure forever. It cannot be buried or destroyed; it will outlast us all.

Second, the Word of God surmounts human testimonies.

2 Peter 1:16 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 of His majesty.”

The Bible is better than human testimony; it is more real than what we can see with our eyes, hear with our ears, or feel in our hearts. There is nothing wrong with having mountaintop transfiguration experiences. But we must be sure those experiences are confirmed in, conformed to, and controlled by the Word of God. The Bible is our standard and our instrument.

Finally, the Word of God surpasses human thought.

“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…” (2 Peter 1:19).

The Bible is not an ordinary book; those who wrote it did not give their own thoughts or philosophies. No Scripture is of its own interpretation, but it is by divine inspiration.

The Bible is inexhaustible; it only widens and deepens the more we read it. It illuminates, giving light in the darkness of our hearts.

Adrian Rogers says, “By the Word of God, the Holy Spirit pulls back the curtain of night and pins it with the star of hope and floods your heart with the sunlight of the love of God.”

Apply it to your life

Do you believe the Bible is the sure Word of God and study it with reverence and eagerness? Spend time in Scripture today and read it as God’s words written down.