“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, to stir you up by reminding you, knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me. Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease.” (2 Peter 1:12-15 NKJV)
Verse 15 is interesting to me. It is as if Peter is saying that his letter would be a perennial first-century sticky-note. A note worth leaving and a note worth reading.
The apostles cared deeply for the church (2 Corinthians 11:28). Worried about the spiritual health of God’s congregations, because of the reality of false teachers and their doctrine (Acts 20:28-31), the apostles left numerous warnings throughout the scriptures about the importance of clinging to the grace and truth of the faith that had been delivered through heavenly inspiration (2 Peter 1:16-21).
God’s word is meant to stick in our minds. Remember is a word used more than once in the New Testament alone. No less than 39 times to be exact. This does not include phrases like “keep in memory” and its various translations (1 Corinthians 15:2).
I’m grateful for the letters that have stuck around for nearly 2,000 years, and for the letters that have managed to stick around much longer. They give us so much insight to the way God has dealt with humanity and to the way he is going to deal with us (2 Peter 3:9-13). And that is the way God wanted it (John 16:13). Neglect these sticky notes and we’ll miss out on the message that deserves our attention.
“Beloved, I now 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 Savior,” (2 Peter 3:1-2 NKJV)