2 Peter 1:16-18
For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.
When I hear a supposed true story that is “too good to be true”, the first thing I think about is how on earth the storyteller knows the story is true. If, when questioned on this, the storyteller says they heard it from someone else, I would most surely continue in disbelief until it was corroborated by a reliable source. Today, we read Peter’s resume about being a reliable source of the gospel message. “We saw His majestic splendor with our own eyes.” (NLT) “We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with Him on the sacred mountain.” (NIV) It is one thing to pass someone else’s story along, but quite another to experience it and live as a witness to the truth of it. The integrity of the gospel is solid because God is faithful. Through the Holy Spirit the apostles preached reliably and with authority.
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