Doctrine of Extra Biblical Revelation

October 24, 2013

1. Today the Bible is the only extant revelation from God. There is no extra Biblical revelation.
2. What we have in the Scripture is superior
to any other revelation and this includes even
empiricism. Peter 1:16

2Pe 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you
the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
2Pe 1:17
For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice
to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
2Pe 1:18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the hol
2Pe 1:19 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 arise in your
2Pe 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of t
he scripture is of any private interpretation.
2Pe 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake
as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
2.1 Let me give you an expanded translation 2Pe 1:16

21 with comment.
2Pe 1
For you see we have not followed skillfully devised myths when we made known to
you the inherent power and appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ, but in contrast we were
eyewitnesses of His incarnation and the divine glory bestowed upon Him by God the F
both at the Transfiguration and the Ascension.
1. Peter affirms that he
a personal eyewitness of Jesus and His
ork. There were of course
many other eyewitnesses alive at th
of his writing First and Second Peter
2. Peter, James and John had perhaps more evidence of the Deity of Jesus than all others.
3. These three
were eyewitnesses of
a preview of Christ at His
Second Advent

preview of His glorious return
. The
observed Jesus conversing with Moses and Elijah.
Mat 17:1

The Transfiguration
Mat 17:1 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, Jame
s and John the brother of James, and
led them up a high mountain by themselves.
Mat 17:2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes
became as white as the light.
Mat 17:3 Just then there appeared before them Moses a
nd Elijah, talking with Jesus.
Mat 17:4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three

one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
Mat 17:5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped the
m, and a voice from the
cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
4. The point emphasized here is that Peter had empirical evidence of the Deity of Christ but as
we will see in verse 19, we as church age believe
rs have a more sure witness, i.e., the
2Pe 1:17 For Jesus first received from the Father’s omniscience a glory and honor because of
His victory in the angelic conflict. A magnificent voice came from Heaven, “this is My beloved
Son with refer
ence to Whom I am well pleased and am totally satisfied.
1. From God’s omniscience, He
the entire time line. God
victory of Christ, the
defeat of Satan and the execution of his earlier sentence, a sentence
handed down by the
Court of Heaven
in eternity past, but not as yet implemented.
2. The execution of the sentence would have to wait until the time

line “played out.”
2Pe 1:18
And this voice came to us out from Heaven, which such Voice we heard on the
mount of transf
1. Peter, James and John received a preview of the Second Advent.
2. Peter is teaching in summary fashion the Second Advent emphasizing the ultimate victory
of Christ.
Today we have even a more established and certain body
of Doctrine unto which
such truth you would do well to concentrate and cycle into your right lobes; like a candlestick
which lights up a cold, dark and dank place it provides a source of illumination

rising like the
sun in the morning, so should doctrine
light up the dark void of our right lobes.
1. This verse contrasts the certainty of the Lord’s Second Advent with the potential of our
receiving the light of
Doctrine in our souls.
2. The Second Advent which Peter was privileged to preview will occur as a great light amidst
total darkness.