Always Growing

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So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.

2 Peter 1:12-15

These verses are the transition that brings together two things that Peter is bringing connecting  for our instruction.  The text we looked at earlier today (previous post) and what follows. Earlier, Peter spoke of our spiritual growth in Christ and how that is a participation in him, and next, the idea of how prophecy in Scripture is from God… remarkable and wonderful implications!

These verses not only connect, but they remind us of something else that is wonderful to ponder: the coming of Jesus Christ!  Peter is reminding us of the things we are already supposed to know, and this is some great discipleship on his part… he learned from the Master Himself!  You will recall how Jesus often had to remind Peter of things he was already supposed to have grasped, but that Peter might have forgotten. Remember the times that Peter understood something one time, and then later blurted out the opposite?  Now here is the mature Peter, trying to keep us from making his old mistakes.

Yes, he is going to keep reminding us of what we already know, reinforcing that firm foundation upon which our hope is built.  For as long as he remained with them, he would continue to teach and re-teach the truth about Jesus and about our spiritual development so that we can serve Him.

So maybe we should consider these things before we go on to Peter’s next topic, and see amazing linkage. Maybe we should be reminded of our foundation in Jesus Christ and of our need to grow in our relationship with Jesus each and every day… and maybe we should also carefully observe the method of making a mature disciple from a disciple who learned at the feet of the Master Himself: Keep reinforcing the foundation of faith and how we grow from there. Patiently remind those with whom we work to ensure that the Way becomes part of their beings, and patiently allow our older disciples to do the same in us, so that we may continue to grow into His likeness.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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11 Responses to Always Growing

  1. katebortell says:

    I have so much growth ahead of me still, regardless of how close I think i am to having Jesus as the central focus of my life. So much growth. I think you are absolutely on the mark saying we need to allow our older disciples to remind us daily. Personally for me I would like to be reminded daily until i no longer inhabit this tent that is my body.
    Fantastic lesson Don.

    • Don Merritt says:

      Thanks Katie, I’m right there with you! It’s a journey, and we press on always, always growing and never stopping, because if we don’t grow we become stagnant, and we all know what happens to things that become stagnant! Yuk!

  2. A Servant says:

    Peter is a great example of growth. He went from the fiery, act first think later disciple to the blessed apostle. May God find us all growing in grace.

  3. vwoods1212 says:

    Spiritual nurturing is important and needed in the body of Christ. Jesus gave us a great example. VW

  4. Elaine says:

    Wonderful post Don and I know I need the reminders constantly if I am going to continue to grow in Christ.

  5. paulfg says:

    “As long as I live in the tent of this body” .. What a beautiful picture! Running some lovely visuals with that phrase. It is good to be back. 🙂

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