“Therefore I intend to keep reminding you of these things, even though you know them and are well-grounded in the truth that you have. I think it right to stir you up with a reminder, as long as I remain alive in this “tent” of a body, knowing that my death is soon, as our Lord Yeshua the Messiah has made clear to me. And I will make every effort for you to always remember these things even after my departure” (2Peter 1:12-15).
Every one of us needs to be reminded. The Christian needs to be reminded of their calling, and the responsibilities that accompany the privilege of salvation!
That’s why Apostle Peter is keen on keeping his brethren in remembrance of “these things” (2 Peter 1:12).
That is why we have the Bible: “All Scripture is inspired by God, and useful for teaching, for reproof, for restoration, and for training in righteousness, so that the person belonging to God may be capable, fully equipped for every good deed” (2Tim 3:16-17).
You will find many reminders written to different audiences in the New Testament Epistles…
Let us consider the Letter to The Hebrews, for example…
In the Letter to the Hebrews, the author writes to Jewish Christians who were on their way to return to Judaism as a result of intense persecution. He warns them against reversion to Judaism, and shows them that reversion would mean losing the matchless privileges that they had in Christ, “our great High Priest.” The author is careful to show them the superiority of faith in Christ, the superiority of Christ and his far exceeding greatness compared to all other alternatives. The major part of the letter to the Hebrews is dedicated to showing them that Jesus is greater, powerful, dependable, and above anyone else, including the Angels, Moses, and the Old Testament Priests. The author informs the reader that Christ’s sacrifice fully atones for our sins! A departure from faith in Christ would therefore be detrimental, having eternal ramifications.
You will realize that the author is again careful to remind the believers of the things that they have heard: “We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away” (Hebrews 2:1). Throughout the Epistle, there is a call to take notice of Jesus Christ, “the Apostle and High Priest of our profession” (Hebrews 3:1), “the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb 12:2).
Notice also that the author instructs the believers to “exhort one another daily, while it is called today, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence, steadfast unto the end” (Heb 3:14). We find another reminder in chapter 10: “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works; Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another; and so much the more as ye see the day approaching” (Heb 10:24-25).
Therefore, friends, it is necessary that we be constantly reminded that Christ is supreme, that inspite of all circumstances that are made to challenge our faith , Jesus is truly the only concrete HOPE and ANSWER in this life and the one that is to come.
We need to be constantly reminded…
…because the heart is very deceptive and satan keeps trying to tempt us to remove our focus from Christ.
We have to SEE the superiority of Jesus Christ, we have to enjoy the superior satisfaction that is found in Christ alone!
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