12 So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. 13 I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, 14 because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.
16 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”[b] 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.
19 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
This time of year is Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night in England. On November 5th we take an effigy of Guy Fawkes and burn him on a fire. We do this each year to remember what happens to traitors who try and blow up parliament and bring down the government. We have a rhyme that goes with the festivities:
Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason, and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot
Remembering Guy Fawkes has become suspect to me in recent years. However, remembering things and reminding each other is key to living a godly life. There is a tendency to study things once, check them off and then we think we are done. However, if we do not meditate on the truths that we have, they become superficial and they cease to affect us in the same life-transforming way. I know many people who were established in the truth, but they then attended church less because other things seemed just as important. They dropped off on their Bible study, and ceased to refresh their relationship with Jesus by learning new things about him daily. They fell off in prayer, they were not reminded of what it is like to talk with God daily. No songs or praise came from their lips about God any more. That is the decline that comes in the life of the Christian when one ceases to remind themselves of the truths of scripture and reflect on what they mean for the life of the Christian.
Why would we bother meditating on the Bible and its truths? Unlike what some in society would try and tell us, they are not fairy tales told to keep a nation compliant. People did not compose stories about fairies and goblins in order to bend people to the will of the state. We do well to pay attention to scripture because it is truth communicated by God in order to conform each of us more each day to the image of Jesus. Those who became Christian just to fend off hell, find themselves disinterested in the transformative truth. Those who became Christian s to know Jesus find they lap up each God-inspired word that is written in his book.
Father, I forget so easily all that makes life most precious. I invest time in things that are not eternal and I am prone to live like eternity doesn’t exist. Help me to be disciplined to remind myself of who you are and to change my life accordingly. Transform me as I am reminded through scripture of who you truly are.
- Why does Peter remind people of what they have already been told?
- How is scripture key to remembering?
- At what time in his life is Peter writing this?
- How do you remind yourself best of truths about Jesus?
- Who do you know who needs reminding of the truths they once held dear?