Always Growing

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.

2 Peter 1:12-15

These verses are the transition that brings together two things that Peter is connecting for our instruction, the text we looked at last time and what follows. Earlier, Peter spoke of our spiritual growth in Christ and how that is a participation in Him, and next, the idea of how prophecy in Scripture is from God, with remarkable and wonderful implications.

These verses not only connect, but they remind us of something else that is wonderful to ponder: the coming of Jesus Christ.  Peter is reminding us of the things we are already supposed to know, and this is some great discipleship on his part, but then he learned from the Master Himself!  You will recall how Jesus often had to remind Peter of things he was already supposed to have grasped, but that Peter might have forgotten. Remember the times that Peter understood something one time, and then later blurted out the opposite?  Now here is the mature Peter, trying to keep us from making his old mistakes.

Yes, he is going to keep reminding us of what we already know, reinforcing that firm foundation upon which our hope is built.  For as long as he remained with them, he would continue to teach and re-teach the truth about Jesus and about our spiritual development so that we can serve Him.

So maybe we should consider these things before we go on to Peter’s next topic, and see amazing linkage. Maybe we should be reminded of our foundation in Jesus Christ and of our need to grow in our relationship with Jesus each and every day… and maybe we should also carefully observe the method of making a mature disciple from a disciple who learned at the feet of the Master Himself: Keep reinforcing the foundation of faith and how we grow from there. Patiently remind those with whom we work to ensure that the Way becomes part of their beings, and patiently allow our older disciples to do the same in us, so that we may continue to grow into His likeness.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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3 Responses to Always Growing

  1. Peter’s story is about to end. I think of him as the young fisherman who delighted in every moment he was with his master, watching the miracles, hearing his amazing words, going boating with him, walking on water with him, going back and forth to Jerusalem with him, going into hiding with him, laughing, talking, praying, and just being silent with him. The now old Peter is about to rejoin the One he loves after all these years. What a reunion.

  2. Hey great verse from 1 Peter, goes along with Sunday’s Our Daily Bread, having spiritual family of mature believers to help us grow.

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