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2 Peter 1:15: And I Will Make Every Effort So That After My Departure You May Be Able At Any Time To Recall These These Things.

2 Peter 1:15
[15] And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things. (ESV)

Peter was a responsible leader in the church. He was an apostle. We are reminded that the first Christians devoted themselves to the Apostles' teaching (Acts 2:42). Throughout all of the years of church history, one of the constant things that we see amongst those who are faithfully following the Lord is a devotion to the teaching given by the Apostles. This includes this letter that we call 2 Peter.

Peter as already made clear in the previous verse that he would be soon leaving the earth. He sensed an obligation to make sure that after he was gone there would be a repository of biblical knowledge that would be a help to those who loved the Lord.  Peter could have been concerned about many things as he considered his departure. It is clear that passing on biblical knowledge was of top priority.

The Apostle Paul seemed to share this same kind of purpose that Peter demonstrated. Notice his words to the church at Philippi in Philippians 3:1:  "Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you." Paul is writing the same things to the church at Philippi. He says that it is good for them. It is good for us as well.

There is a reason why we ought to be continually in the Word of God. It is safe for us, as Paul says. The Word of God is a constant reminder of who God is, what he requires, the way of salvation through Christ, and the wisdom to live a life that is godly and pleasing to him. The qualities that Peter is listing, that should be added to the foundation of our faith, is given as a reminder to all believers. 

Be thankful that God, in his kindness, has reminded us all of the way to life and godliness. Be diligent in reading these reminders so that you can be encouraged in your walk with God.


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