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2 Peter 1:13: I Think It Right, As Long As I Am In This Body, To Stir You Up By Way Of Reminder

2 Peter 1:13
[13] I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, (ESV)

How often does the Apostle Peter think he should remind God's people of the truths of Scripture? As long as he is in his body. Peter saw his role as a preacher of the Word of God to be one of reminding people of what they have already heard. Peter is absolutely right to feel this way. One of the primary roles of a pastor today is to remind people of the truths of Scripture that they have already heard.

Consider what a preacher does. A proper understanding of a preacher of the Word of God is not to come up with some new kind of revelation. Rather, his job is to shine a spotlight onto what Scripture already says. It is a job of being a reminder to people of what the Bible says. Our ability to forget is amazing. We will not ever reach a time when we do not need to be reminded of the truth of God's Word.

Even the people of Israel would have viewed the role of parents as those who were to remind their family members of the Word of God. Deuteronomy 6:7 tells parents of the need to remind their children: "You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise."

The topic of instruction on a daily basis was to be the words of God. No matter where they were it was an appropriate place to remind children of the teachings of God. This need for parents to remind their children of the teachings of the Bible has not changed. Sadly, parents have largely neglected their role of reminding their children of God's truth. Sports events and entertainment have become more important.

Peter was constantly reminding the believers of God's truth. Do you remind others of the truth of God's word? How many reminders do you need? Ask God to help you accept regular reminders from those who share the truth with you.