Always remember who you are. 2 Peter 1: 15-19

We continue our walk with the Lord in the Second Epistle from the Apostle Peter.  We pick up at verse 15 of Chapter One.   Peter writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit goes on to say:

“And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.  We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His Majesty.  For He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to Him from the Majestic Glory, saying, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.’  We ourselves heard this voice that came from Heaven when we were with Him on the sacred mountain.”
2 Peter 1: 15-19
Peter knew he would be martyred soon for his faith.  Nero had decided to wipe out the Christian Way, and Peter was very high on his list no doubt.  With that in mind, Peter wanted to make sure believers did not forget the truth he was teaching, so he was writing it down for them – and for all future generations until Christ Jesus comes again.  He said, “Remember these things.”
Peter wanted to make sure they remembered who they served, and who they had put their faith in.  Peter was an eyewitness to an event that showed him, James, and John absolute confirmation as to who Jesus was.  He was sharing this truth with them again.
In the Gospel of Matthew we read:  “Jesus took with Him, Peter, James and John the brother of James and led them up a high mountain by themselves.There He was transfigured before them.  His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.
Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah talking with Jesus.  Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord it is good for us to be here.  If You wish, I will put up three shelters – one for You, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’  While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.  Listen to Him.’  Matthew 17: 1-5
Peter had seen the Lord Jesus changed from a man of flesh into a Heavenly Being.  He saw Jesus talking to the great Prophets Elijah, and Moses – heavenly beings.  (I suppose the Lord introduced them for him to know their names.  Peter may have spoken to them as well.) But what this showed Peter was we never die; we will be able to know each other even though we have a new heavenly body. And then when the Father spoke to everyone  -especially to the Apostles  – Elijah and Moses already knew it of course; telling them ‘Jesus was His Son whom He loved and was well pleased with’.  He said, ‘Listen to Him.’ ; that was confirmation for Peter.   No one could ask for more.
   Peter said, ‘We did not make this up. This is not an invented story. I was there. John was there.  James was there.  We all saw this.  We all heard the voice of Father God. Jesus IS the Son of God.  He IS the Son of Man. He gave His body for us.  He shed His blood for us. He IS the Savior, the Messiah, the Redeemer, the Rock on which we stand, the Cornerstone of the Gospel, the Good News incarnated, the fulfillment of every Prophecy, the Way the Truth, and the Life.  He is coming again in power in person, and until He does we are to ‘remember who we are’ when we believe in Him.  We are the Righteousness of God in whom the Father is well pleased.
As Paul wrote, “But now a righteousness from God, apart from the law has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.  This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.” Romans 3: 21-22
Moses brought the Law. The Prophets declared that Elijah was to come before the Messiah.  What Peter, James and John saw was the “Here it is”.  The time is now.  Amen.
Peter knew when he was gone, false teachers would be coming in to try to take the flock astray.  He wrote to them and said, “Always remember who you are.  Read this and remember what an eyewitness told you about this man called Jesus.  Keep the faith.”
Let it be so for us.  Let us always remember who we are.  May we never be pulled away by false teaching or lies of the enemy.  May we never forget the love of the Father, and the love of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of the Holy Spirit, and the fact we have been transformed into newness of life because we have believed the Word, and received it into our hearts.
Let us be comforted, and strengthened, and encouraged by the truth of the Living Word.
We are greatly blessed, highly favored, and deeply loved through Jesus our Lord, God’s Beloveds.  May we be in good health, and prosper in all things even as our souls prosper.
Poppa B
Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, On Line


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