Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ …
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. He received honour 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.’ We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.
2 Peter 1:1, 16-18 (NIV)
When reading the New Testament it is easy to forget that parts of it are written by those who were eyewitnesses of Jesus, or record eyewitness accounts. Peter declares himself at the opening of his first and second letters as being an ‘… apostle of Jesus Christ …’ He reminds his readers from the outset that he was present with Jesus during his earthly ministry. Having been present with Jesus on a day-to-day basis, Peter was able to recount details of what happened, that others could not.
Peter and others in the New Testament spoke of what they had seen and what they knew. As they had experienced Jesus firsthand and been present when the miracles took place, they could therefore speak with authority.
Many people are afraid to speak of their personal experiences when sharing their faith, yet how God has been dealing with you on a day-to-day basis can speak very powerfully into the lives of others. Of course you have to be careful that you don’t replace the authority of the Bible with your own experiences. Sharing your own ‘eyewitness’ account can be challenging, not least because you have to be prepared to open up and share personal details with others.
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