MAN DOESN’T NEED TO BE TAUGHT AS MUCH AS HE NEEDS TO BE REMINDED

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2 Peter 1:10-15 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble, for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth. Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent (tabernacle) to stir you up by reminding you knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as Lord Jesus Christ showed me, Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease.”

Peter wrote 2 Peter to remind the brethren of who they are and whose they are. He tells them to remember what they had because of Jesus – In 2 Peter 1:2-4, he emphasizes that that Jesus divine power has given unto us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Jesus. They (and we) have exceedingly great and precious promises, so that we might be partakers of the divine nature – and is this not the goal of every Christian – to be partakers of the divine nature? We are in Christ, and we are to be like Jesus.

Peter reminds them of the prophetic word confirmed. It was confirmed by what Peter and the others saw Jesus do, and especially what Peter, James and John saw on the Mount of Transfiguration. No doubt, as Peter faced trials as a Christian, he would remember that day, and his faith would be bolstered even more.

Peter reminded the brethren that they (and we) must heed this prophetic word. He emphasized that this word is as a “light that shines in a dark place, and the day dawns and as the morning star rises in your hearts.” We see what we need to do; we see the ugliness of hidden secret sin in our lives, and hopefully, we see how much we need God’s grace to save us from sin, and from ourselves. And, when we know the word of God, then we are able to see through the fake gods; the lies that the world and Satan gives to us. Oh brethren, do we not see the need to be aware that there is falsehood that is trying to destroy us spiritually, and it will if we but let it?

As we continue to see look t the text, Peter spends the entire second chapter warning about the falsehoods and false teachers in the world. They are there to try to deceive us in any and every way they can.

So, again in 2 Peter 3:1, we read, “Beloved, now I write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord.” And he closes the letter in 2 Peter 3:14 as he writes, “Therefore, beloved looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by him in peace, without spot and blameless.” There can be no indifference; there can be no carelessness.

Most sins are not those of commission, but sins of omission. Many of us could and do pat ourselves on the back that we are not murderers, fornicators, envious, malicious busy bodies, dope heads . . . but do we:

PRAY DAILY? I taught Ecclesiastes 5 this last week at GSOP, and there the wise man encouraged those who come to God’s house to “walk prudently.” Remember you are coming to meet with God. Ecclesiastes 5:2-3 warns that we “do not be rash with our mouths and make a promise to God that we will not keep.” He stresses that when we make a promise to God – a vow – we had better keep it. Beloved, remember what we promised God when we became Christians; when we were “married to him” by means of baptism? Hence, be careful as you pray, and make sure that you keep your promises to God.

STUDY THE WORD OF GOD DAILY FOR OUR BENEFIT? Do we study to know God, to know Jesus and strive to be more “God like?”

GIVE AS WE HAVE BEEN PROSPERED? When we understand that God gives us all we need do we give to him what he deserves? Not just money, but time, talents, and our best efforts?

HELP THOSE WHO NEED OUR HELP – WHO SOMETIMES CAN’T HELP THEMSELVES?

ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER? EXHORT ONE ANOTHER? COMFORT ONE ANOTHER? LOVE ONE ANOTHER?

DO WE COME TO WORSHIP OR JUST SHOW UP?

DO WE TEACH THE GOSPEL TO LOVED ONES, FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS? Listen, we need to be reminded that if a person is not in Christ; a part of his body, the church; when they die they will be lost forever. Do we believe that?

On and on the list could go. It is not the things that we do that will hurt the most; it is the things left undone that will cause us the most grief.

These words are written not to make us feel guilty, but to encourage us to do better. Men don’t need to be taught as much as they (we) need to be reminded.