Read 2 Peter 1:1-21
“I am…the bright Morning Star.” (Revelation 22:16)
If you are up before dawn on a clear morning and you look to the east, you may see the “morning star.” Actually, it is the planet Venus…technically not a star. You see, from our earthbound perspective, Venus, as the second planet out, does not wander too far from the sun. On many early mornings, then, Venus is visible for the sunrise. It serves as a reminder that the night is coming to a close and that the sun is about to rise.
Jesus intentionally chose the “Morning Star” title in reference to Himself. As the “Morning Star,” He is a light in a darkened world. He represents the dawn of a new day. His second coming will bring with it the end of sin, suffering, and Satan’s influence. We look forward to that day. But, while the hope is future, the promise is real. In that regard, the Morning Star is already visible through the assurances of His return.
Until the actual day of His return, however, Peter reminds us that our attention should be riveted on the truths about Christ as prophesied through the Old Testament prophets and as realized in the gospel accounts. Peter himself had heard and been eyewitness to the majesty of Christ at the transfiguration. And until He returns, we must give attention to the Scripture. Here is how Peter drives home the importance of our devotion to biblical truth:
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (vv. 20, 21)
While we wait for the Morning Star’s second appearance, we can rest in the fact that the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are much more than the attempt of men to write about spiritual things. In reality, the Spirit of God directed these authors in what they recorded. The result, then, was infallible information and instruction that is essential for us to understand as we anticipate the Morning Star’s second appearance!