2 Peter 3 (NKJV)
1 Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), 2 that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior,
2 Peter 3 (ESV)
1 This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, 2 that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles,
(The two translations simply serve as a comparison, read them and see what differences you notice.)
I find it interesting that Peter, an Apostle of Jesus Christ, knew the great value of the writings of the Old Testament prophets and the words of Jesus, which he was writing about. He knew that both were necessary for the stirring up of their minds, which minds were sincerely desiring to live righteously in this present world. Peter did not address the value of the writings of the philosophers of his day nor of philosophers who were before him. The Greek world was filled with such men of earthly wisdom and could have found their way into the teachings of the Scriptures. But Peter was far more concerned with the words of Christ, words he had heard both audibly and through inspiration to write these letters.
Both in chapter 1 and here Peter brings up our need of being reminded of these Scriptural teachings. He must have observed that we Christians have a tendency to drift away and need to be reminded about the important things of life. I think it was last summer that I used the illustration of coming to church to keep your life compass pointing to true north. We drift. We are pulled by the world, our flesh, and the devil and we need, desperately and daily to be reminded of those things that are important to God.
So Peter, the Apostle recognized by both the Christian and the Catholics, emphasized our need to remember the predictions of the prophets, (the OT writings) and the commandments of Christ recorded by him, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, James, and Paul.
How often are you in the Word of God for your own reminder? Can you say with David, “Oh how I love Your law, it is my meditation day and night.”? Can you say with Jeremiah, “Your words were found and I did eat them, and Your word was unto me the joy and the rejoicing of my heart.”? Ironically, our own flesh resists our involvement in God’s word. Defeat that flesh and let God’s word remind you every day and throughout the day all that you need for life and for godliness.
Thank you for letting us switch the Bible study and prayer time last night. It was really important to Stefani that her parents came to her concert last night. It was their annual performance at Wentz Hall which really is a big deal.
The teens had a great time last night as Ben came to youth group and brought their message. One of the girls bemoaned that Anna did not come so Ben told her to call Anna. Anna got a call right then. I love the spontaneity of the teenagers.
Nancy Schmidt is to have jaw surgery today. This is a serious surgery as Nancy as an abscess that has actually caused a fracture. She is in really good spirits and is looking forward to having this done so that her pain in the jaw will be gone. She is at Loyola and enjoys visits.
Have a great day in the Lord,