“For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth.”
to remind you always of these things
Peter knew his days were numbered. He now speaks of important components of Christianity because so little time on earth remains for him. At the point of death, we speak of the things that are of most importance to us.
God’s purpose for the believer is to be constantly reminded of the importance of God’s Word. This is a daily challenge for every leader.
The “these things” are seven items listed in verses five through seven. “These things” have to do with the Christian life. When we get sloppy with Christian living, we become a distinct liability to the cause of Christ. We are no asset. We are not a good advertisement for Christ. We are not a help but a hindrance.
though you know
“You already know these matters, but nevertheless, I will always remind you of them.” It is one thing to know these things in our minds, and it is another to know them in our hearts.
We need to familiarize ourselves with the familiar.
A good minister always reminds his congregation of foundational truths. The pastor who does not put his congregation in remembrance of truth is a bad minister of Jesus Christ. We do not have to hear new and novel things. Dr. Harry Ironside used to say, “If it’s new, it’s not true, and if it’s true, it’s not new.” Many leaders today try to be sensational and spectacular to gain the attraction of their followers. A “good minister” is someone who nourishes his followers in the faith.
1 Ti 4:6, “If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed.”
We cannot drive 100 miles an hour through the countryside and enjoy the beauty of the landscape around us. Neither can we rush through the Christian life and appreciate what the Lord has done for us. We need to spend time in the Word and thus in truth.