A friend of mine committed suicide two days ago. He was a friend who helped introduce me to the preaching of John Piper, whom God has used more than any other single human to shape me for the good. My friend posted ‘goodbye’ videos on his own personal website before he killed himself. There is too much to process in writing right now, but one quote did stick out to me that I simply must address. It is a quote that I know even three and a half years ago would never have entered my friend’s mind:
“Anyone who says they know for sure [what happens after death] is either selling a book or has confused ‘for sure’ with ‘hope.'”
I would simply quote to you who read this 2 Peter 1.16-21 for your encouragement and perseverance and joy:
“For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
Peter heard a voice from heaven– as hard evidence as you can come by. Yet God put in his heart the knowledge that the written Word is even more sure than that. There is nothing like the Scriptures! It is not that we “know for sure”; it is that God is for sure! His Word to us is more sure than we can possibly imagine. We do not have a category in our own minds for how sure His Word is. Cling to Him in your darkest hour, my friends.