For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

2 Peter 1: 21

 

Peter is very mindful of where the truths that direct his life have come from. He has lived life with Jesus. Peter has been witness to the events of the crucifixion and he has encountered the risen Christ. Peter has heard the voice of God speak and proclaim Jesus to be “My beloved Son with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him.” All of this experience has prepared Peter to be a very well qualified witness to the way that God has worked and continues to work in the lives of people to bring His wisdom and direction to us and to lead us into the life transformation that is found through Christ.

 

We are not the originators of any worthwhile, any eternal, thoughts. No human throughout history has been the generator of them either. God speaks in order to reveal Himself to us, and He often does this in the context of situations, circumstances and events. God uses people in this process. He enters into our lives in various ways, and the Lord places knowledge, wisdom, and understanding into our hearts and minds so that we can determine our responses to the various situations that we encounter. God’s Word is interlaced with foretelling and forth telling of His work in this world, in our lives, and of His restorative plan for the future of creation.

 

In all of this God has been reaching out of heaven and into the lives of His people. It is His presence with us that brings about our ability to comprehend, in any way, the heart and the mind of One so holy as the Lord. God has always worked in the lives of simple, normal, flawed human beings, and it is His Spirit that reveals the truths of the ages to them. Then the Holy Spirit takes these people through the process of living out and expressing this revelation. None of us today will be the authors of additional words of scripture. However, this same Spirit speaks to us, and He opens our minds to understanding of God and His will. So, God’s will for us is that we would join with Peter as living witnesses to the gospel of Jesus Christ.