We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
2 Peter 1:19
First thought on reading We also, is what is that referring to as we look at this verse?
16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to Him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.” 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with Him on the sacred mountain.
2 Peter 1:16-18
Peter is writing about something he, James, and John personally witnessed while on a mountain with Jesus north of Caesarea Philippi. On the mountain they saw Jesus transfigured into His natural state and holding a conversation with Moses and Elijah. At the conclusion of the conversation God spoke saying
“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
“This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”
“This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.”
They were indeed witnesses to Jesus majesty, for as noted yesterday
His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.
So what was the prophetic message Peter was referring to as completely reliable? That would be the series of prophecies in the Old Testament attesting to Jesus as the Messiah or Christ. Jesus fulfillment of these prophecies was and is stronger proof of Him being the Messiah than even His transfiguration. Of course most Jews would be very aware of these prophecies and clearly should pay attention to them and what it means to have them fulfilled by Jesus the Nazarene.
The darkness would be the 400 year period between the last book of the Old Testament and the New Testament accounting of the life of Jesus. There had been no prophet and certainly no Messiah. Then came John the Baptist followed by Jesus the Christ. The arrival of Jesus is the light shining in a dark place.
The day dawning and the morning star rising in your hearts refers to the light of Jesus the Christ shinning in the darkest of places – our hearts. It is in our hearts we hide our darkest sins, our darkest thoughts, and even hide them from ourselves at times. However, when Jesus is accepted as one’s Lord and Savior a light begins to shine in the dark recesses of the heart. As He begins to live in our hearts it is as if the morning star is continuously rising in our hearts showing us sins we need to be rid of plus He shows us all the wonders of God as well. The Benson Commentary concludes
This inward demonstration of the truth of Christianity would render the external evidences less necessary to those who enjoyed it; as they could no longer doubt of it when they saw the glory, and tasted the comfort of it, and experienced the truth and power of it in their hearts, and manifested it in their conduct.
It’s Friday, I hope you have a Great Weekend and remember to Go To Church. While there engage in corporate prayer, praise and worship, and hearing the word of God as it is brought to you. Enjoy some time in fellowship with brothers and sisters in the faith.