Abounding In Memories
II Peter 12-15
Intro: Today is the last Sunday of this year. It is also the last Sunday of this decade.
We will be closing out the 2010 decade in just a couple of days.
This morning, I want to focus on what God says about remembering.
No less than three times in just a matter of a few verses, Peter stressed the importance of remembering.
- Verse 12: I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them…
- Verse 13: Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance.
- Verse 15: Moreover, I will endeavor that ye may be able after my decease to have this things always in remembrance.
I see several keys in these verses.
A. There was a Personal Duty – vs. 12 I will not be negligent… vs. 13 It is meet…
- 2 Peter 3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
Look at Jude 5
- Jude 1:5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.
It was a common problem with the people of Israel – they always forgot the Lord.
- Deuteronomy 8:11 Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:
Notice God’s words to the nation of Israel:
- Deuteronomy 4:9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;
B. There was a Pressing Deadline – vs. 13, 14 …the fact that he would “shortly put off this my tabernacle”
Peter had already received insight that he would not be around much longer.
He revealed in verse 14 that the Lord had already showed him.
Paul had received a similar indication in II Timothy 4:6 …the time of my departure is at hand…
Peter was motivated by his pressing deadline.
C. There was a Passionate Desire – twice he said ALWAYS IN REMEMBRANCE (vs. 12, 15)
NOTE: Peter knew that we could be “established in the faith” and still be in need of a good STIRRING UP! (vs. 13)
There is a difference in living in the past, and looking to the past.
The Bible clearly teaches us NOT to live in the past.
Jesus said in Luke 9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
Paul said in Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
However, we are commanded in many places to remember!
In fact, one of the ministries of the Holy Spirit is to help us remember!
- John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Jesus told his disciples:
- Luke 17:32 Remember Lot’s wife.
We are commanded to remember our brothers and sisters that are imprisoned for their faith.
- Hebrews 13:3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
We are commanded to remember those that are in a position of leadership over us.
- Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
However, there are several SPECIFIC THINGS that Peter wanted them to remember in this passage:
I. Remember the Purging – vs. 9, 10
It is hard to believe, but it is possible to forget what God did for you.
- 2 Peter 1:9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
How is it possible?
- Deuteronomy 6:12 Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
How does that happen?
Look at verse 10
A. Lack of Diligence in Affirmation
- 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
You can forget you were ever saved if you do not diligently and constantly make your calling and election sure.
We can forget what God has done for us by never thanking Him and never thinking about our salvation experience.
- 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
- 11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
- 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
- 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
B. Lack of Diligence in Addition
- 5 …giving all diligence, add to your faith…
- 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind… and hath forgotten…
You can forget you were ever saved if you do not add to what God gave you originally.
II. Remember the Provision – vs. 3
- 1 …we have obtained like precious faith
- 2 Grace and peace be multiplied
- 3 …hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness…
- 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises
- 11 …an entrance into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord
III. Remember the Prophecy – vs. 16-21
A. The Accuracy of the Prophecy – vs. 19
A more sure word!
- More sure than personal experiences – vs. 16 (not followed cunningly devised fables…)
- More sure than visual confirmation. …we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
- More sure than verbal confirmation …there came such a voice…; vs. 18 …and this voice we heard…
B. The Attention to the Prophecy – vs. 19 …take heed…
The What: whereunto ye do well that ye take heed…
The Why: as unto a light that shineth in a dark place
The When: until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts
C. The Authenticity of the Prophecy – vs. 20, 21
- 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
- 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.