15 In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, 16 “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17 For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.”
How sure are the words of God? They are as sure as is God himself. When God says something must happen, it must happen. His word is perfect and perfectly reliable.
There are many who question the reliability of scripture. There are many who think of the Bible as a book of things that might be true when taken in just the right way. But for Peter in the earliest stages of the church and for those who still hold a high view of God’s word, the Bible is always true, all the time, and is always sufficient, all the way.
Where do I get the fuel for such declarations about the reliability of scripture? Peter, in the upper room, declared that scripture “had to be” fulfilled regarding Judas. This was not optional. There was no way under heaven that what God predicted about the betrayer of Christ would not come to pass. God knew the future. God ordered the future. God brought it about. Never in this do we have any evidence of Judas not also doing exactly what he wanted to do; but that is the glory of God’s sovereignty. God works things in such a way as to be the one totally in control while allowing Judas to choose exactly what he wanted.
When you read the word of God, do you think like Peter? Do you see God’s words and know without any doubt that these words have to be fulfilled? Do you see God’s promises as a sure thing? Do you see God’s predictions of the future as done deals? Do you see God’s commands for the church to make disciples as things that we must and will do? If not, perhaps you need to work on having Peter’s view of the scripture. God’s word is perfect, true, and reliable. Let us become in 2009 a people who love and trust God’s holy word.