I noticed when reading 1st and 2nd Peter the frequent references to the Bible. I counted about 20 times. As I thought about organizing this material on the Bible I decided to use the six interrogatives.
Answering the Who question, I found, God spoke His Word and the prophets and apostles spoke and wrote God’s Word. Those who heard the Word of God were both believers and unbelievers, because it speaks of being born again by the Word of God, so they heard it before they believed.
Answering the Where question, there are many places where the giving forth of God’s word took place.
The first answer to the When question is that God’s Word preceded and produced the heavens and the earth, and down to the present day preserves them. God’s chosen authors and prophets spoke or wrote before the time of Christ; the apostles, after the time of Christ.
Peter describes many qualities that answer the What question. The Word of God is living and enduring (that is, imperishable, it stands forever). It is a light shining in darkness, pure spiritual milk, certain and trustworthy.
How was the Word of God given? God spoke. Prophets also spoke as they were carried along or guided by the Holy Spirit. What they said didn’t originate with them. It was from God. At times it was directly related to an experience, such as at the baptism and transfiguration of Jesus.
In our next visit I will deal with the Why question.