Friday, April 19, 2013

2 Peter 1:12-15

 12 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. 13 Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you, 14 knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me. 15 Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease.

Vs. 12 The Apostle Peter here encourages us to remain in the truth which is found in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. And so Peter says he will not be negligent to remind us of what is required of us as disciples of Christ. That is keeping those truths and character pursuits that he previously listed. For the Scripture promises that if we do those things that make for true discipleship and fruitfulness by pursuing and living lives of faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love. Not only will we never stumble, and thus fall back into ones old sins and lifestyle, but an abundant entrance will be supplied to us into the everlasting Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:10-11). Therefore the Apostle Peter states that he will not be negligent to always remind us of these things, though we who are believe are established in the present and eternal truth of God. And so Peter before his death made provision to have this epistle that is before us, both delivered to his early readers, but also preserved for us all by them.

Vs. 13-14 The Apostle Peters metaphor here of his mortal body being a "tent" is not unique to him, since the Apostle Paul likewise used the same metaphor in describing his own mortal body and life (see 2 Cor 5:1, 4). For truly all that now is, is only temporary, until we reach our finial destiny which is with Jesus Christ and God the Father in heaven. Where we will each receive our heavenly bodies of which we do not now know what they will be like, but we do know that they will be perfect in regards to both our person, and our bearing the glorious image of the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor 15:35-58). For it is only once we are there in heaven that we will truly experience God's promise of life everlasting eternally separated from death and the corruption that is inherent to this mortal life and body, because of sin. Therefore Peter says that while he is in this mortal body (i.e. tent) that he will be diligent to leave a written record of his Spirit inspired words, as well continue to stir up the faith of his readers through his own ongoing ministering to them, so that they, and we all can live lives here and now that prepare us for our eternal home (vs 13). And so Peter knowing that his own departure from this life was imminent (vs 14); that he was going to die just as the Lord Jesus Christ had shown him (see John 21:18-19); began making provisions for the disciples (and our) ongoing Spiritual instruction and encouragement after his decease, through the preserving of his Holy Spirit given words (vs. 15). For truly a shepherd of God has in his heart, the heart of God, for God's people. And so even when facing an imminent death, the Apostle Peter, like the Lord Jesus before him, did not waver in his faith, nor did he have his own welfare or well being in his heart and mind, only ours. And that is what God has for you. For in sending His Son Jesus to suffer crucifixion death for all our sins He wants you to believe in Him, so that you might be saved from them, and have life everlasting with Him (John 3:16). For God does not want any of us to try to earn His forgiveness or His salvation from our sins (Rom 4:4-5; Eph 2:8-9). He only wants and commands that we first and foremost believe in His Son Jesus Christ crucified for our sins remission and raised from the dead for our justification, so that we might have remission of all our sins and everlasting life the moment we believe in Him. For that is what God requires of each and everyone of us, so that He might save us from our sins and the wrath to come on every unrepentant and unbelieving soul. For the law having been fulfilled in Christ; that is in and through His life, death and Resurrection, Jesus has not only made atonement for all our sins, He has ushered in the New Covenant through which we who believe in Him are now to be in relationship with God. Therefore neither ones obedience towards the law or failure to keep it before salvation amounts to anything. Since the Scripture confines all under sin so that the righteousness of God might be imputed to all who believe (see Rom 3:19-28). Therefore only ones faith in the Lord Jesus Christ crucified and raised from the dead for our sins remission will decide ones eternal fate. For that is how one becomes a Christian, not by water baptism, not by church membership, not by sacrificial service, but by repentance towards God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. For when that takes place in ones heart and life by believing unreservedly in Jesus as testified too in the Scriptures; one is born-again by the Spirit of God and thus enters the Kingdom of heaven, and thus has remission of all their sins and everlasting life.
I don't know where you are at today. But I hope, I truly pray, that in some way something here has a touched you and will stay with you, so that (if have not already) might see your need for God's grace and truth and repent of your sins and believe in Jesus. Believe that God loves you and wants to be in a relationship with you, and has made the way for you to have a relationship with Him, by which His everlasting mercy might be extended to you. For that is what God wants for you, not judgment, not misery, but freedom from sin and death, and thus life new and everlasting. That is why Jesus became a Man, to save you and me! Therefore if you believe in Jesus, invite Him into your heart heart and life, to be both your Lord and Savior, by simply praying something like this: Dear Lord Jesus I know that I am a sinner and I believe You were crucified for my sins remission, therefore I now invite You into my heart and life to be my Lord and Savior, in Your Name Lord Jesus I pray this, amen.

Scripture Citations
The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982

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