November 3, 2011

Here’s my thoughts today on 2 Peter 1

In reading vs. 12-15 several thoughts came to mind

- Peter is determined to remind the readers of “these things” (see vs. 1-11), even though he admits that they are “firmly established in the truth you now have

o What is this truth? Well, I took a look at John 14:25-27

o 25 "All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

o Connecting these 2 thoughts is Peter speaking of the Holy Spirit that comes by faith in Jesus Christ. If you don’t think so… read John 14:15-19

o 15 "If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever- 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

- Peter wants to remind them of things they “know”, even though they know it (maybe they aren’t doing the things they “know”…hum)

o What makes me forget things

§ I’m get distracted

§ I treat something that’s important as unimportant

§ My focus shifts

§ I don’t memorize it

§ I don’t practice regularly what I know that helps me refresh my memory

o What things am I forgetting that I know about Jesus Love for me?

o What things am I forgetting that I have recently learned about Jesus Love for me?

o What things am I forgetting that I have experienced about Jesus Love for me?

- Peter also wants to “make every effort to see” that they will “always be able to remember these things”

o Why would Peter do this? Well, who was Peter’s teacher? Jesus. And isn’t this the same thing Jesus did/modeled for all the disciples? I think so. do this in remembrance of me…” when they were at the last supper…. I will leave you “another Counselor to be with you forever…the Spirit of Truth”.

Now’s the time for me to say WOW! What about you?

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