REMEMBER, AND NEVER FORGET

2Pe 1:13-15  “Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.”

Sometimes my thinking causes me problems. Peter here was not talking simply about his thought process. He was saying that in light of what has gone before (Yea), he is exercising his authority (think), given by Jesus (Lk 22:32), to put us in remembrance. Peter says it is right and holy (meet), as long as he is in his personal residence of God (the tabernacle of God is with men, Rev 21:3), to make sure we are fully awake (stir you up).

Our service to God and to each other is not about our human capacity to think. It is about being obedient to the moving of the Holy Spirit. Jesus told us that “…the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you (Jn 14:26).” When the Holy Spirit brings to our remembrance all the things that Jesus has said to us, we have authority to stir up others as long as we dwell in this tabernacle. As a child, I was sometimes slower than I should have been about getting out of bed in the mornings. My dad was very good at reminding me that it was time to get up and had several ways of making sure I was fully awake.

We need to be stirred up when we go to serve God. We need to be fully awake with our senses tuned by and to the leadership of the Holy Spirit, and we need to be prepared to be used to stir others. Peter tells us in the outset that none of this is by his own power. He opens this letter by telling us he is a servant of Jesus Christ. It is in the authority of his Master that he finds it just and holy to make sure we are fully awake. I pray that the Holy Spirit will bring to our remembrance what Jesus has said unto us, and that the remembrance of what He has said will fill us with the same desire as Peter. We don’t want to just stir people up, but to stir them up by reminding them of the great power of God that has been, and is, at work in their lives.

How important is it to us to stir up those of like precious faith by putting them in remembrance? We seem so easily distracted from this. We can find a multitude of reasons for putting off speaking to our brothers and sisters about what God has done in our lives. So, what if the Lord had revealed to you that your own death is imminent? We know we are going to die, but Peter knew that his time was very near. If we knew today that next Monday was going to be our last day on earth, what would we spend the next few days doing? Would we visit our old home place, seclude ourselves with our family members, or take a trip to Hawaii? Would reaching out to God’s people and reminding them of the power and grace of God in their lives, stirring their remembrance of Him, even cross our minds?

Peter was not only concerned with putting them in remembrance (causing them to remember) the power of God in their lives. He was also going to be diligent (endeavor) to do whatever he could to see that they would not forget. Again, I encourage you to make use of a Strong’s Concordance in your study of God’s word. The word “remembrance” is used in 2Pe 1:13 and again in 2Pe 1:15, but they have different roots in the Greek. Peter said it was important to remember (call to the forefront of our thought) those things that we know and have experienced. It is also important that we always remember (don’t forget) these things. In this, Peter was even looking beyond his imminent death. His concern for those of like precious faith was so deep that he wanted to do something that would keep them from forgetting what the Lord had done, even after he (Peter) had departed this life.

May God grant us grace to have such a love for those of like precious faith that, even at the end of our days, our heart’s desire would be that they remember and never forget the truth as it is in Christ Jesus!

 

 

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