Be Faithful to His Mount
The Apostle Peter had a mountain top experience with the Lord, being an “eyewitness of His majesty” (2 Peter 1:16), which was none other than the visual appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ. Peter continues to give verse to that epoch account of the Father’s voice spoken to His Son from His “excellent glory” (v. 17) with the words: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (v. 17). It was “the voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount” (v. 18). Now, wouldn’t it have been life-changing for us all to have had that mountain-top experience, to be included in that glorious meeting with our Savior? Oh, for our faith then to come alive, for our hearts to be encouraged, and for our desire to live for him to be renewed with a new, second wind excitement for that second spiritual mile? Yes, that longing would be cherished by every truly born-again Christian to have been with Him in person, in power, and in privilege; oh, imagine the beauty of the moment being WITH JESUS. Oh, to be with HIM, seeing HIM, walking with HIM, worshipping HIM and learning more of HIM. Here’s the blessing: YOU CAN, but not on that same mount of Peter’s experience; you do not have to be faithful to that mount of experience, our faith lies NOT THERE! “My faith has found a resting place, not in device nor creed. I trust the ever living one, His wounds for me shall plead.” The author of that hymn then goes on to tell us “My heart is leaning on the Word, the written Word of God (Lidie H. Edmunds). So, the Word IT IS: Peter tells us we have something better than what we can see with the natural eye, we have the spiritual eye, giving us HIS visual in the inspired Word. The Lord tells us that we have something “more sure!”
“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 rise in your heart” (v. 20). That SURE WORD is God’s Inspired Word: “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation” (v. 20). The “more sure word” is besting that visual mountain experience, for the WORD came “not in old time by the will of man, but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (v. 21). The Lord is telling us “ye do well that ye take heed” to the Word, and let THAT divine authorship become our spiritual experience for our walk with the Lord. Peter tells us that the light will then shine in those dark places of our hearts, and when it does, there will be a new dawn for our new day in our walk with HIM, and that Jesus HIMSELF will be our Day Star (the first light to be seen in our new day in HIM). Then, the Spirt-filled excitement of living for Him will have gained victorious ground, because we are seeing Him, “looking unto Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2). It’s all made possible because of the Lord; He was faithful to HIS MOUNT, Calvary’s. His cross, His sacrificial atonement brings to repentant hearts His salvation, knowing and seeing HIM. No, you will not experience what Peter did on that one-of-a-kind mount, but you can come to know Jesus as Savior if you come to Mount Calvary, repent of sin, believe the gospel (Mark 1:15), and then when going on and growing on in Him, you have the privilege of meeting UP with HIM in the Word. Yes, UP WITH HIM in the Word, that’s a MORE SURE way of seeing Him. The Word tells us to “draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you” (James 4:8). Want to be UP there with Him, where you belong? Here’s how: “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore I will deliver him: I will SET HIM ON HIGH, because he hath known my name” (Psalm 91:14). His Name? Why, He is the Crucified Savior who was faithful to His Mount, Mt. Calvary. Now, today, He is the Risen Savior, to be born in you; “Ye must be born again” (John 3:3). Then, being born of His Spirit, you can be “lifted up in the ways of the LORD” (2 Chronicles 17:6). So be faithful to His Mount: risen with Him, saved in Him, seeing Him, alive in Him, speaking of Him, and serving Him.