Always in Remembrance

I will endeavor that you may be able after my exodus to have these things always in remembrance.    2 Peter 1:15.

When Peter says “I will endeavor”, he is actually using a word for the third time, but the previous two are translated diligence. The root of the word means to make haste, and is the opposite of procrastination. He is saying “add to your faith”, and do it now, today, all day, and every day.

And beside this giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue and to virtue knowledge and to knowledge temperance and to temperance patience, and to patience godliness, and to godliness brotherly kindness and to brotherly kindness charity (agape, aka love).               2 Peter 1:5-7.

It has been said; “cleanliness is next to godliness”, but now we know that patience is next to godliness, which enables me to practice brotherly kindness (philadelphia). Jesus admonishes the church to love one another, to not forget their first love, and I am convinced by the Holy Ghost that this refers to the church. Even as the apostle John wrote:

If someone says “I love God” (or “I love Jesus”) and hates his brother a liar for he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment have we from Him, that he who loves God love his brother also. 1 John 4:20, 21.

No man has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us and His love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:12.

When I came back to the Lord in 1990, one of the first things I looked up in the Bible was scriptures that pertain to being born again. I had been hearing many people referring to themselves as born again Christians, and coming up Catholic, I was unfamiliar with this doctrine. Of course I first found that Jesus said in John chapter 3; “Truly you must be born again.” I immediately realized that this was pretty important. But then I read            1 Peter 1:22 & 23, and I was deeply shaken:

Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that you love one another with a pure heart fervently. Being born again, not of corruptible seed but of incorruptible, by the word of God which lives and abides forever.

I was overwhelmed by the realization that I didn’t have an unfeigned love, a fervent love; and certainly not a pure heart. It is also quite evident to anyone who reads this passage that this is the work of the Holy Spirit activated only by obedience. This commitment is attained by diligently adding to our faith unto brotherly kindness, and then agape love.                                                                     

 The other word that Peter uses three times in this passage and is clearly emphasized is of course, remembrance.

Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things though you know them and be established in the present truth. Yea, I think it meet as long as I am in this tabernacle to stir you up by putting you in remembrance.  2 Peter 1:12 & 13, as well as verse 15 cited above.

I now remind you that a remembrance ultimately is God working in us by the power of the Holy Spirit unto “an unfeigned love of the brethren.”

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