“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation.”
This section of Second Peter deals with Scripture itself. No book in the world is as valuable as the Bible. God’s Word is indispensable because it only tells us the truth about God, Christ, sin, and eternity.
Knowing this first
Invariably, what God asks us to know, we do not know. God wants us to know the subject of this verse “first.” God wants us to know above everything else something about divine inspiration. When we interpret Scripture, we need to know as a leading principle that God inspired the Bible, not men. This is priority.
Peter’s opponents denied the divine origin of Scripture. They claimed that their writings came from visions, signs, and dreams. Their prophecies came from themselves, from their own origin. Peter says that apostolic writings came from God, not the human author.
that no prophecy of Scripture
“Prophecy” here is the message of a prophet.
“Scripture” means writing. Peter here refers to the Old Testament and the writings of the New Testament written to this point.
“Scripture” is singular. The Word of God is one single unit. It does not contradict itself. Some verses are obscure to our understanding. We must interpret these verses in light of the majority of passages dealing with that subject.
Also, we should interpret unclear passages of Scripture in the light of the clear passages and the majority of passages. If a passage is crystal-clear, that portion of the Bible must interpret the unclear portions. God is the Author of all of Scripture, and He makes no mistakes. He used authors to write His Book that never knew the other authors. They wrote in different times and different places. Many lived centuries apart from one another, yet all sixty-six books fit together as one.
The Bible is one in its teaching.
It is a dangerous practice to pick certain verses out of their context to establish a doctrine. We understand each verse in light of its context. Otherwise, we could distort the meaning of that passage and operate on misleading and distorted information. This is much like misleading advertising. Misleading advertising misrepresents its product.
Verse by verse Bible exposition saves us from this problem. By taking each verse successively and all of its words, we can come to the true meaning of Scripture. This also presumes that we interpret the Bible in the time in which it was written and to whom and on what occasion it was written. It is also of great advantage to know the original languages in the Bible. This is the way to discover what God truly says. Otherwise, we can make the Bible say what we want it to mean.
2 Ti 2:15, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”