The “waste place” is either the wilderness of this world or the tangled life of the imperfect Christian. You can find the best commentary on 2 Peter/Jude for you using the tools on the right side. The Power of God’s Promise. 2 Peter 2 – The Rise and Fall of False Teachers A. out of darkness, and made light in the Lord; but as the day star Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. The transfiguration of the Lord Jesus as recorded here in 2 Peter is a message to us about the content and character of the coming king and his kingdom. The reference here is to the morning light as compared with a lamp; and the meaning is, that we should attend to the light furnished by the prophecies until the truth shall be rendered more distinct by the events as they shall actually be disclosed - until the brighter light which shall be shed on all things by the glory of the second advent of the Saviour, and the clearing up of what is now obscure in the splendors of the heavenly world. If such a comparison was designed, the most obvious of these interpretations would be, that the prophecy was more certain proof than was furnished in the mount of transfiguration. in your (1) The presence and work of false teachers. 2 Peter 1:19 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, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: a more sure—rather as Greek, "we have the word of prophecy more sure (confirmed)." Barnes's 2-peter 1:19 Bible Commentary We have also a more sure word of prophecy - That is, a prophecy pertaining to the coming of the Lord Jesus; for that is the point under discussion. Building A Forever Faith - 2 Peter 1:1-11 - Skip Heitzig - Duration: 41:15. 2 Peter 1:19-21 The Sure Word, Part 2 - John MacArthur 2 Pe 1:16-21 The Only Sure Word - John Sherwood But ( alla ) ( term of contrast ) means " on the contrary " which presents a strong antithesis to the idea that prophecy originated from the mind & will of men. Biblical Commentary (Bible Study) 2 Peter 3:8-15a EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: Peter is writing to encourage Christians to live Godly lives (1:3) that they “may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world by lust” (1:4). All rights reserved. A lamp is of great value in a dark night, though it may not disclose objects so clearly as the light of the sun. (Confirming One’s Calling and Election. gives squalid, in margin. well for ourselves to keep up our faith, hope, and expectation of Mark Dunagan Commentary on the Bible. There is perhaps no study more worthy of the attention of Christians than that of the prophecies. as prophecy in all other cases is, by throwing light, as to this the Latin squalidus); but the passage from “dirty” to “dark” is less easy, and there is lack of authority for it. of Please read: The “Top 10” list below is a starting point for learning about 2 Peter commentaries. best, see but through a glass darkly; but has a particular of prophecy concerning Christ's second coming is to be "taken Whereunto ye do well, that ye take heed as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts. Here, again, the meaning may be two-fold: (1) Christ’s return in glory to illumine the wilderness of this world, to clear off its obscurities, and show the way through its mazes; or (2) the clearer vision of the purified Christian, whose eye is single and his whole body full of light. Until the day dawn.—Literally, until the day beam through the gloom. Indeed, even our hearts shall not fully realize Christ in all His unspeakable glory and felt presence, until He shall come (Mal 4:2). It will be "as the light of the morning, when the sun rises, even a morning without clouds." Compare the "dry places" Lu 11:24 (namely, unwatered by the Spirit), through which the unclean spirit goeth. them; though in some sense it is but a feeble one, and is as a Easy Bible Commentary-2 Peter #3 - Duration: 21:41. though it gives hints, that, upon this, the saints shall be with clear, as for saints to be agreed in the sense of them; and much The body is but a tabernacle, or tent, of the soul. Compare Revelation 2:28; Revelation 22:16. respect to the darkness which attends the saints, concerning the 10 Best Second Peter Commentaries. They had had one illustrious proof respecting his advent as a glorious Saviour by his transfiguration on the mount; and the apostle here says that the prophecies abounded with truths on these points, and that they ought to give earnest heed to the disclosures which they made, and to compare them diligently with facts as they occurred, that they might be confirmed more and more in the truth. Though Peter regarded the testimony which he and James and John bore to the glory of the Saviour, from what they saw on the holy mount, as strong and clear confirmation that he was the Son of God, yet he could not but be aware that it might be suggested by a caviller that they might have agreed to impose on others, or that they might have been dazzled and deceived by some natural phenomenon occurring there. The day, when it dawns upon you, makes sure the fact that you saw correctly, though indistinctly, the objects revealed by the lamp. The object of the apostle in this representation seems to have been, to state that the prophecies do not give a perfect light, or that they do not remove all obscurity, but that they shed some light on objects which would otherwise be entirely dark, and that the light which they furnished was so valuable that we ought by all means to endeavor to avail ourselves of it. But it may be a safe and sure guide; and a man who has to travel in dark and dangerous places, does well to "take heed" to his lamp. But it seems probable that no comparison was intended, and that the thing on which Peter intended to fix the eye was not that the prophecy was a better evidence respecting the advent of the Messiah than other evidences, but that it was a strong proof which demanded their particular attention, as being of a firm and decided character. forerunner of the day, so it here intends the immediate signs and righteousness, who was already risen upon them; nor the grace of Theywere Christians who lived in the country that we now call Turkey. Commentaries on 2 Peter/Jude. more are they in the dark about the time of his coming. Listen to Pastor Robert Furrow as he continues his Commentary on the book of 2 Peter picking up today in chapter 1, verse 12. Oh, what a day is this! If a comparison is intended, it may be either that the prophecy was more sure than the fables referred to in 2 Peter 1:16; or than the miracle of the transfiguration; or than the word which was heard in the holy mount; or than the prophecies even in the time when they were first spoken. Until the day shall dawn, and we shall see objects by the clear light of the sun, they are to be our guide. so much spoken of by the prophets, that had dawned already; concerning this matter, "until the day dawn"; not the Gospel day, There has been considerable diversity of opinion in regard to the meaning of this passage. The Lord Jesus. A literal translation of the passage would be," and we have the prophetic word more firm." however clear and glorious. 2 Peter 1:19 19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto y ye do well that ye take heed, as unto z a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and a the day star b arise in your hearts: What does 2 Peter 1:19 mean? 19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. As unto a light that shineth in a dark place - That is, the prophecies resemble a candle, lamp, or torch, in a dark room, or in an obscure road at night. Question: "What does 2 Peter 1:20 mean about interpreting Scripture?" Father's, and in his own, and in the glory of his angels, and So the word is a lamp to us still, until "the day" burst forth fully at the second coming of "the Sun of righteousness." in your hearts—Christ's arising in the heart by His Spirit giving full assurance, creates spiritually full day in the heart, the means to which is prayerfully giving heed to the word. or else the latter day glory, at the personal coming of Christ, It is a subtle association of the idea of darkness with squalor, dryness, and general neglect. light"; it is a revelation of that which was in the dark, lay hid Isa 66:14, 15, "When you see this, your heart shall rejoice … For, behold, the Lord will come." In our darkness they are a cheering lamp to guide our feet, till that illustrious day shall dawn. heed unto", as a lamp, light, and torch, to direct us to it, to near, ( Luke It is not intended to be the “final word” because of its limitations. We have a similar construction in 2Peter 2:10, “Do not tremble in speaking evil.”, A light that shineth.—Better, a lamp that shineth. day star—Greek, the morning star," as Re 22:16. 16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. hearts, and by their understandings, as being come to pass, they (12) The doctrine of the apostles does not contradict the doctrine of the prophets, for they confirm each other by each others testimonies, but the prophets were like candles which gave light to the blind, until the brightness of the gospel began to shine. Only here in New Testament. 21:41. If 1Peter was a field manual for believers, 2Peter continues in showing how we are to live out our faith. Whether this refers, as some suppose, to his reign on earth, either personally or by the principles of his religion universally prevailing, or, as others suppose, to the brighter revelations of heaven when he shall come to receive his people to himself, it is equally clear that a brighter time than any that has yet occurred is to dawn on our race, and equally true that we should regard the prophecies, as we do the morning star, as the cheering harbinger of day. Compare Kuinoel on Matthew 17:1, following. This encouraging series focuses on Peter's understanding of what it means to remain in the truth of our Master. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Peter didnot say where he was sending the letter. forerunners of the coming of Christ; which when observed in their prophecy is the surest evidence and best light the saints have encourage us to love it, long for it, and hasten to it: and in so The fulfilment of prophecy so far in Christ's history makes us the surer of what is yet to be fulfilled, His consummated glory. (See below, second Note on 2Peter 1:21.). be new heavens, and a new earth; and that the saints shall reign The Transfiguration confirms Prophecy . “His word, shining as a lamp in a chamber;” too slight a parallel to this passage to be relied upon as evidence that Theophilus knew our Epistle. Until you see the indications of that approaching day in which all is light. Previously we knew its sureness by faith, but, through that visible specimen of its hereafter entire fulfilment, assurance is made doubly sure. Answer: Second Peter 1:20 says, “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things.” Actually, 2 Peter 1:20 emphasizes the source of Old Testament prophecies, not who has the right to interpret the Bible today. Part of the power of this text is its Christological grounding — it is Jesus who has gone before and whose footsteps we attempt to follow (1 Peter 2:21). Lit., a dry place. darkness will be gone, and saints shall see face to face, and Theophilus, Bishop of Antioch, circ. In a dark place.—This translation is somewhat doubtful. The prophecy concerning Christ's second coming is as "as a Facts about false teachers. Read commentary on this popular Bible verse and understand the real meaning behind God's Word using John Gill's Exposition of the Bible. Before we hear this … Continue reading "Commentary on 1 Peter 2:19-25" ‘but with precious blood’-‘Precious’-‘of great worth or value’ (Arndt p. 818) ‘as of a lamb unblemished and … We believe that 1 Peter was his first letter to thesereaders. See Aeschylus, "Agamemnon," 245. Peterprobably wro… Whereunto ye do well that ye take heed - They are worthy of your study, of your close and careful investigation. The word was the "lamp (Greek for 'light') heeded" by Old Testament believers, until a gleam of the "day dawn" was given at Christ's first coming, and especially in His Transfiguration. Compare Revelation 21:23-25; Revelation 22:5. They make objects distinct which were before unseen; they enable us to behold many things which would be otherwise invisible. “Thus we have still further confirmation of the words of the prophets, a fact to which you would do well to give heed, as to a lamp shining in a murky place, meant to serve until the Day break and the Day-Star arise in your hearts. The point to which the prophecies related, and to which Peter referred, was the great doctrine respecting the coming of the Messiah, embracing perhaps all that pertained to his work, or all that he designed to do by his advent. the state of the saints in general in this life, who, at most and (11) The truth of the gospel is by this revealed, in that it agrees wholly with the foretellings of the prophets. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For the day has already dawned in the heart of believers; what they wait for is its visible manifestation at Christ's coming. ) ( Isaiah hearts. Compare the notes at 1 Corinthians 13:9-10. Prophecy holds out clearly that Christ We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. "To appreciate this we must put ourselves somewhat in the place of those for whom St. Peter wrote. 1John 2:8.) 1 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:. Until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts; καὶ ἔχομεν βεβαιότερον τὸν προφητικὸν λόγον, ἐπόπται γενηθέντες τῆς ἐκείνου μεγαλειότητος, ποιεῖ δὲ διαφορὰν καὶ τὸ λαμπρὸν ἢ στίλβον εἶναι τὸ μιγνύμενον ἢ ποὐναντίον αὐχμηρὸν καὶ ἀλαμπές, We have also a more sure word of prophecy, And we have yet more steadfast the prophetic word, whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts. In your hearts.—It is difficult to determine to what these words belong. arise for you in your hearts". will be in the spiritual kingdom and reign of Christ hereafter; xiii.) whereunto—to which word of prophecy, primarily the Old Testament in Peter's day; but now also in our day the New Testament, which, though brighter than the Old Testament (compare 1Jo 2:8, end), is but a lamp even still as compared with the brightness of the eternal day (compare 2Pe 3:2). with great power, to raise the dead, and judge mankind; and Michael Meurett 598 views. The New Testament, as we have it, was to them non-existent. The Greek admits of three constructions: (1) with “take heed “; (2) with “dawn” and “arise”; (3) with “knowing this first.” The last is not probable. Only here in New Testament. (2) they were "recorded," and might be the subject of careful comparison with the events as they occurred. Prophecy holds out clearly that Christ will come again; that he will come in great glory, in his Father's, and in his own, and in the glory of his angels, and with great power, to raise the dead, and judge mankind; and though it gives hints, that, upon this, the saints shall be with Christ in the air, on earth, and in heaven; and that there will be new heavens, and a new earth; and that the saints shall reign here with Christ a thousand years, after which the Gog and Magog army will attack them without success; yet these are not so clear, as for saints to be agreed in the sense of them; and much more are they in the dark about the time of his coming. army will attack them without success; yet these are not so 21:28 ) and so the Ethiopic here renders it, "and redemption, 1 * Symeon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have received a faith of equal value to ours through the righteousness of our God and savior Jesus Christ: 2 may grace and peace be yours in abundance through knowledge * of God and of Jesus our Lord. Rev. Then all will be clear. little before that time. will come again; that he will come in great glory, in his 2 peter 1:19-21. The apostle directs the mind onward to a period when all shall be clear - to that glorious time when the Saviour shall return to receive his people to himself in that heaven where all shall be light. Prophecy, like the Baptist, is a “lamp that is lighted and shineth,” preparatory to the Light. be known by men, had it not been foretold by God; and it is made So, the readers of both letters were probably the same people. There can be no doubt that the apostle refers here to what is contained in the Old Testament; for, in 2 Peter 1:21, he speaks of the prophecy as that which was spoken "in old time, by men that were moved by the Holy Ghost." 1 Peter was written to encourage Christians under the threat of violent persecution; 2 Peter was written to warn those same believers of the danger of false teachers and harmful influences. when the light of the moon shall be as that of the sun, and that dark—The Greek implies squalid, having neither water nor light: such spiritually is the world without, and the smaller world (microcosm) within, the heart in its natural state. The exhortation is quite in harmony with 1Peter 1:10. A list of the best commentaries on 2 Peter/Jude ranked by scholars, journal reviews, and site users. To both “ dawn ” and “ arise, ” preparatory to the meaning of this passage enable to... 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