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Legacies & Heirlooms

2 Peter 1:12-21

The writer Peter desired all who came after him to continue to stand firm in the truth they knew from him. All followers of Christ should have this priority as well, to maintain a legacy of truth and faithful service. As we move out of the series on the attributes of God, we must maintain our stand in the truth, keeping in mind that His truths are rooted in His attributes.

Legacies & Heirlooms

 — Cliff Herring

Message Notes


1something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past

2a candidate for membership in an organization (such as a school or fraternal order) who is given special status because of a family relationship to a member

3a gift by will, especially of money, or something of great value 



1a piece of property that descends to the heir as an inseparable part of an inheritance of real property

2something of special value handed down from one generation to another


People Perish But the Word of God Lives Forever -

2 Peter 1:12-15

12 Therefore, I will always remind you about these things—even though you already know them and are standing firm in the truth you have been taught. 13 And it is only right that I should keep on reminding you as long as I live. 14 For our Lord Jesus Christ has shown me that I must soon leave this earthly life, 15 so I will work hard to make sure you always remember these things after I am gone.


-There was Urgency to his Teaching

-There was Faithfulness to his Teaching

-There was Conciseness to his Teaching


Experiences Diminish but the Word of God Remains Faithful -

2 Peter 1:16-18

16 For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We saw his majestic splendor with our own eyes 17 when he received honor and glory from God the Father. The voice from the majestic glory of God said to him, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” 18 We ourselves heard that voice from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain.


-Peter’s facts confirm the Lord’s power and majesty

-Peter’s facts confirm God the Father’s love and assurance

-Peter’s facts confirm the Lord’s promise to fulfill His plans


The World Darkens but the Word of God Shines Brightly

2 Peter 1:19-21

19 Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, 21 or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.


-The Word of God is Our Sure Foundation

-The Word of God is Our Illuminating Beacon

-The Word of God is Spirit Given


Legacy Statements:


Paul - 2 Timothy 2:2 

 You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.


King David -Psalm 145:4

Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power.


Moses - Deuteronomy 12:28

28 Be careful to obey all my commands, so that all will go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and pleasing to the Lord your God.


Joshua - Joshua 24:14-15

14 “So fear the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly….  Serve the Lord alone. 15 But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. …But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”


John - Revelation 1:2-3

…This is his report of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.

God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, for the time is near.


Jesus  - Matthew 28:18-20

18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”