In Remembrance

2Peter 1:11-15 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though you know them, and be established in the present truth. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ has showed me. Moreover I will endeavour that you may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance. 

‘For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly’ ten things that guarantee abundant entrance into the Kingdom of God: Obtain like precious faith (1:1); increase in grace and peace (1:2); live a godly life by God’s power (1:3; 5-13); partake of the divine nature (1:4); escape the corruption of the world and the lust of the flesh (1:4); add the graces of 2Peter 1:5-7; let these graces abound (1:8); be fruitful in knowledge (1:8); live free from past sins (1:9); give diligence to make personal calling and election sure (1:10).

An allusion is made here to Roman generals who were given triumphal parades as a reward for some signal victory or conquest. A public and solemn honour was conferred upon a victorious general, by allowing him a magnificent procession through the city of Rome. This was not granted by the Senate unless he had gained a very decisive victory or conquered a province. On such occasions, the general was clad in purple and gold woven in figures setting forth his achievements. He wore a crown and in one hand held a branch of laurel, the emblem of victory. In the other, he carried his staff. He rode a magnificent chariot, adorned with ivory and plates of gold, and drawn by white horses. To keep him humble in the midst of all this a slave rode at his back, casting railings and reproaches and enumerating his vices and failures. Musicians led the procession; young men led sacrifices to be offered; then came loads of spoil, followed by the kings, princes, and generals that were taken captive. After these came the triumphal chariot before which people strewed flowers and shouted triumphant cries. Following this, came the senate, priests, and the rest of the parade.

‘Everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ’ this is the 1st New Testament prophecy in 2Peter that is unfulfilled. Scripture is clear that Christ’s kingdom will be eternal (Isa. 9:6-7; Dan. 2:44-45; 7:13-14, 27; Luke 1:32-33; Rev. 11:15; 22:4-5). He will reign 1,000 years for the purpose of ridding the earth of all rebellion, and then continue reigning over the restored and perfect earth forever (1Cor. 15:24-28; Eph. 1:10; Rev. 5:10; 20:1-10).

‘Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though you know them, and be established in the present truth’ in view of the reasons Peter have stated as necessary to enter into eternal life, he said that he will not neglect to remind believers of these things, though they already know them, and are established in them.

‘As long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance’ Peter stated here that as long as he alive he will keep believers in mind that there are certain conditions they must meet in order to enter into eternal life (1:11). ‘Tabernacle’ the human body (1:13-14; 2Cor. 5:1-9).

‘As our Lord Jesus Christ has showed me’ referring to the prediction of Christ in John 21:18-19.

‘Endeavour’ [Greek: spoudazo] to be diligent; zealous; earnest (Eph. 4:3). This word is translated “diligent” in 2Peter 1:10 and 3:14, showing Peter’s concern for Christians to make their calling and election sure by meeting the terms of eternal life. ‘Remembrance’ the third time Peter makes reference to keep in remembrance the conditions of entrance into eternal life (1:12, 13, 15; 3:1). Many today emphasize forgetting any conditions of eternal life. In fact, they teach that there are no conditions other than accepting Jesus, that the rest of the Christian program is up to God and that if one is lost it is God’s responsibility, not man’s.

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