Reminding unto Recalling

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder. And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.” 2 Peter 1:3-9,12-13,15

It would be easy, upon a superficial read of this passage, to hear Peter’s admonition as moral: ‘Be good,’ ‘Stir up your gumption and constantly make yourself better,’ ‘You can do it!’ And he does encourage action and personal effort. But a deeper dive places at the fore God’s calling and immutable, precious promises that are ours so we can partake of His divine nature, His power, His character. It is our salvation, the cleansing of our former self and birth of the new creation, that compels us to live for Him. ‘For the reason’ that you have been saved from sin, delivered from the evil one and his sway over your soul and actions, by righteous decree rescued from the corruption of the world, you are free, by God’s grace, to increase in holiness. Because of Jesus’s gospel applied, you can grow in faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, love toward God and one another, and bear much fruit in spiritually productive lives.  (2 Corinthians 5:17)

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So, am I reminding myself of these great truths, and is my life giving evidence to an increasing measure of God’s nature and growing virtue? Do I daily count myself dead to sin and alive in Christ to righteousness, and thank my Savior for this? Who else am I reminding? As I have influence on young people, when a loved one questions their worth, or someone falls into a besetting sin again, am I quick to help them recall these gospel truths from their Redeemer? (Romans 6:4-8,11; Galatians 2:19-20)

Lord Jesus, may I never forget what You have done for me, and live as though Your gospel is true, daily growing in Your likeness. You Who have set me free from sin are worthy of my every endeavor. May I walk step by step in Your Spirit, may my words and actions ever recall Your gracious deliverance unto excellence and godliness. (Romans 8:2-11)

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