Peter’s reminders to the people

February 26th, 2011

One of the key things I believe we should do as Christians is remind each other of the great things the Lord has done for us and to encourage each other to keep growing in our faith. I believe it should pervade all of our teaching, preaching and general conversations.

In 2 Peter 1:12-15 the Apostle Peter says, “So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things“.

In this short passage of Scripture we see that Peter used words like “remind you of these things”, “refresh your memory” and “remember these things” several times.

So what was it that Peter was reminding the people of? In the previous verses (v3-11) we see that he was reminding them that Christ has saved them and to add goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love to their faith (v5-7). In short he says: remember what Jesus has done and keep growing.

What is the result of this? Verse 8 gives us a clue. It says, “For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ”. That is good reason…to keep being effective for the Lord.

So let us remember  that when we get together as Christians to remind each other of the great thing the Lord has done in saving us and to encourage each other to keep growing in our faith.

God Bless,

Dave