Not Cleverly Devised Myths
2 Peter 1:16 (ESV) — For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
One of the things skeptics love to say about Christianity is that the Bible is just made up. They believe the stories are fabricated. This is not a new tactic. People have always sought ways to remove themselves from the guilt of not obeying God’s Word. Dismissing Scripture is one approach used to remove oneself from its authority.
Peter knew that this was often done even in his own day. The coming of Christ brought another set of challenges from people who tried to refute His words and actions. As the apostles preached the gospel, they encountered skeptics and doubters. So Peter writes to believers about this very thing. We read in 2 Peter 1:16, “For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.”
Peter tells the believers that he and the apostles did not follow cleverly devised myths when they told about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. They didn’t invent stories. There was no elaborate scheme to concoct a story about Jesus. No, they were eyewitnesses to everything they taught. They witnessed Him walking on the water. They heard His teachings. They saw Him hanging on the cross in agony for sins. And they saw Him alive in physical form after His death. All of these things, and more, were simply the things that happened. They reported like a journalist what they observed in living each day with Jesus. No fabricated stories were necessary.
We can have confidence in God’s Word. He provided it for our good. Through the Scriptures we can know God, know ourselves, and learn about God’s plan of reconciliation of all things through Christ.
We do not need to doubt the truthfulness of the Word. The writers of Scripture did not devise clever myths. Those that walked with Jesus simply relayed the truth as they witnessed it. Build your life and faith on God’s Word.
Reflection & Journal:
- Why do people like to dismiss God’s Word? What purpose does that serve?
- What does Peter reveal about their message in this text?
- How does this passage help you to grow in confidence in what you believe?
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