Have you ever come to church only to hear something you already knew? Do you often sit down at bible study or church and think to yourself “yep, I already know all this stuff”.
Are we doing something wrong? Should we spend less time reminding people of things they already know?
Well the Apostle Peter doesn’t have a problem saying the same things over and over, 2 Peter 1:12 Therefore, I will always remind you about these things—even though you already know them and are standing firm in the truth you have been taught.
What are ‘these things’ that Peter reminds them of? Maybe they are complicated issues of the faith that believers sometimes forget about?
He reminds believers that they should respond to God’s promises with godly living.
More specifically, he gives them a list of qualities they should pursue; moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, patient endurance, godliness, brotherly affection and love (1:5-7)
These Christians are standing firm in the truth, so why does Peter need to remind them so often?
Did they completely forget to live godly lives just as we will forget a password, birthday or anniversary?
I don’t think so. Peter knows they didn’t intellectually forget but that they may practically forget.
Peter doesn’t just want believers to intellectually accept the truth, he wants them to live it out!
You are going to be reminded of things you already ‘know’ because the things in our heads don’t always carry across to our hands.
Which of those qualities do you know you should live out… but don’t?
Take heart friends, for “by his divine power God has given us everything we need for living a godly life” (1:3).
We can change because God lives in us!
Take every reminder from God as a blessing and keep pushing into godliness so “God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (v. 11).