The Summer Growth Challenge 2015 project is written by Kevin Kusunoki. He loves mentoring students, watching baseball and reliving his days as the frontman of a boy-band.
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.
What is Peter talking about? To recap the chapter, Peter starts off by saying that the knowledge of God is important, but it will be wasted if we don’t pursue goodness, perseverance, godliness, etc. Then he says, in regards to the knowledge of God, he wants to remind us of the truth - to refresh our memories. He recounts his witnessing of Jesus’ transfiguration as evidence for his majesty. And then Peter pulls out a trump card and says, “But we also have THE prophetic message to lean on!” I interpreted that to mean the prophetic message about the Lordship of Christ. If we are ever in doubt about the divinity of Jesus Christ, we need only to look at all the prophecies he fulfilled.
So lets do that! Biblical scholars say that about 332 to 353 distinct prophecies about the Messiah are fulfilled by Jesus. The likelihood of a single individual fulfilling even 8 of those prophecies is 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000 (10 to the 17th power). The likelihood of a single individual fulfilling 48 of those prophecies is 1 in 10 to the 157th power! So really it would take an act of God to fulfill every one of those prophecies! This link is a website that lists each of the 300+ prophecies that Jesus fulfilled and the corresponding scriptures that prove them. Enjoy!
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