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Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you.”

 

as long as I am in this tent

This section of Second Peter is intensely personal because it uses the personal pronouns “I” and “me” many times. Peter alludes to his imminent death. He lived for many years, knowing that he was not going to die a natural death. Jesus told Peter in advance about Peter’s coming death (Jn 21:18-19).

“Tent” refers to Peter’s body. It conveys the idea of a pilgrimage in our earthly body. Peter is about to leave his earthly pilgrimage and go to his permanent home in heaven. He is ready to take off his body and go to Glory. That is a description of Christian death.

You are not your body. You are more than your body. Non-Christians think that when they die that they are just plopped into the grave. That is the end of them. They place them into the casket, where there is nothing but a blackout. They place both body and soul there. However, Christian teaching is that you are your soul, and you have a body. Your body is where your soul lives.

to stir you up

“Stir” means to awake, excite, arouse, and animate. Peter is in the business of turning people on to the right principle. Peter wants to activate their minds. Peter proposes to activate their minds by reminding them of things they were previously taught. He arouses their minds by reminding them of truth from God’s Word.

by reminding you

“Reminding” means to remind with authority. When we communicate truth, we inculcate authoritative principles for life.

Peter is in the course of explaining his approach to death. He now gives them his perspective on death. The repetition of principles is key to leadership.

PRINCIPLE:

Good leadership rouses people to spiritual realities.

APPLICATION:

Peter is in the business of stirring people towards spirituality. “I am going to move you, if I can, into a body of information crucial to your Christianity.” Peter is in the process of awaking or rousing the Christians of his day. He sounds an alert. He blasts a warning trumpet to raise people out of their lethargy.

That is the idea of “revival.” We do not revive something dead. We revive the living. Non-Christians cannot be revived, only Christians. Revival is a movement of the Holy Spirit within the hearts of God’s people.

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