“For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty”
(2 Peter 1:16).
As the Apostle Peter begins this, his second epistle, he addresses those of “like precious faith,” clearly establishing that he is addressing those who have obeyed the gospel and have begun the Christian journey.
In this verse, it is with certainty that he validates the word of God as the only standard these Christians are to follow. He assures that he and his fellows were not teaching the ideas and imaginations of men as they taught the gospel.
Peter further assures his readers that he knows personally the word of God is true because he was among the “eyewitnesses of His majesty,” having been present at many of the Lord’s experiences during His ministry.
Such powerful assurances come down to us today with dramatic force and further confirm that it is not acceptable to follow religious ideas that are created by man—it is only in following the word of God—the New Testament—that we have the assurance of going to heaven.