by Tammy Phillips
October 5, 2021
“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 3:1-2 NKJV)
Taking a short detour from Revelation to 2 Peter 3 in which Peter reminds us to live like a “last days” Christian. Peter has written two letters to “stir up” the beloved, followers of Christ minds to REMIND them to REMEMBER THE WORDS.
According to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, the Greek word for “stir up” is diegeirō” which means to wake fully; arouse; arise, awake; raise; arouse the mind. Peter is telling us again, as many other apostles have, “WAKE UP! REMEMEBER!”
What does he want the enlightened, awakened mind to remember? The first step in living like a Christian living in the last days, REMEMBER THE WORDS! He encourages us to remember what the Lord Jesus, the Old Testament Prophets and the New Testament Apostles said. They spoke the inspired word of God because “all scripture [is] given by inspiration of God.” (2 Timothy 3:16 KJV) How will we remember what they said, if we don’t read, meditate, and study their words?
I enCOURAGE you to REMEMEBER THE WORDS. Dive into the word. Read it. Eat it. Chew it up. Digest it. Feast on it. File it away in the cabinets in your mind, so you can REMEMBER. Everyone wants to know what in the world is going on right now. Read the word. God will show you. God inspired men to write down history, past present and future to warn us of what would happen before Jesus’ return and how we should be living.
Do you think of the word of God like a lobster? You do not know how to eat it, so you don’t. His word is better than any lobster you could ever eat. I promise, if you will put the Bible in front of your eyes and feast on it. He will open up the heavens and show you what you do not know and what you need to know. You will be able to enjoy His feast and digest it if you just give Him a chance. Read the word and remember the words.