“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.” (2 Peter 1:19-21)
Observation Questions (What do you see?)
- Is there a main word in this sentence that you see reoccurring several times?
- How do you see “word” described?
- We should be heeding the word until when?
- What is the first thing to know about Scripture?
- “But” is contrasting what?
- Who did God speak through?
- What did the Holy Spirit do?
Interpretation Questions (What do you understand?)
- How is the prophetic word confirmed?
- How does your English translation interpret the Greek word, bebaioteron?
- What is the prophetic word? T.? N.T.? Both?
- “The day dawns” describes what event?
- Who or what is the “morning star”?
- What is “private interpretation” of Scripture? Did you note the alternative English word for “interpretation”?
- How does your English translation interpret the Greek word, epiluseos?
- How did God speak through men?
- Can you describe how the Holy Spirit moved men?
- Does God speak through men in the same way today?
Application Questions (How should you respond?)
- Do you treat Scripture differently than other writings?
- Which do you consider more sure: your spiritual experiences or the scripture?
- How is your reading and studying of God’s Word bringing light to you in the darkness?
- What are the personal barriers to you heeding God’s Word?
- Is there an issue where your will is conflicting with God’s will?
- How are you allowing the Holy Spirit to control you?