From Heaven We Heard…
A witness to our Christ identity is imperative so there is a triangulation of knowledge and Truth. Anyone can say they “heard” this or “heard” that but when there is a witness to collaborate what has been heard – what has been spoken – it becomes all the more difficult for doubt to invade. If the witness is a trusted person in our life, but is not a family member or close friend then the credibility of the witness is heightened.
When Jesus Christ was baptized in the Jordan and the Spirit of the Lord descended upon Him as a dove, there were witnesses to this event, including John the Baptist. These same witnesses were still in attendance when the sky parted and a voice spoke saying…This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. There were witnesses to this event taking place. Peter reminds us in his second letter of this taking place as a first person when God spoke to Jesus at the holy mount.
For He received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to Him from the Excellent Glory, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with Him in the holy mount. ~ 2 Peter 1:17-18 KJB
Without witnesses we as broken sinful people can say anything at any moment. Not everyone speaks in “fables” or stories that never happened, but our mind is one of the most useful tools we have and this is the reason the devil attacks it first. We can discuss things that never happened or we can describe situations that never happened. When there is a witness, especially multiple witnesses observing the same event it becomes a much harder challenge to to say it didn’t happen as described.
Peter and John spent time together. Peter and John walked with Jesus Christ. Peter and John were close allies to His life during Jesus’ ministry.
When we are seeking our Christ identity we need others to bear witness to the event. We need the confirmation of others that what happened actually happened in order for it to be confirmed. Does it always, 100% of the time need to be this way? Some would argue that it does not. Some would argue that because an event is not witnessed by others doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. We are not saying that at all. We are being very, very specific – receiving our Christ identity is done before witnesses, exactly the same as Jesus Christ received His identity from God before witnesses – that’s how it’s done.
If this were not so important why would Peter bring up, again?
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of God, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.