“Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease.”
after my decease
“Decease” is a term for death. Sometimes the New Testament translates this term “departure” (Lu 9:31). Other times “decease” translates by the word “exodus.” The Greek term comes from two words: road and out. Death is the road out. Here death is the road out of this life and the road into God’s kingdom. Death is the departure of the soul and spirit from the body (2 Co 5:8).
Php 1:23, “For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart [different Greek word] and be with Christ, which is far better.”
2 Ti 4:6, “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure [different Greek word] is at hand.”
Peter here leaves his last will and testament. The doctrines of Second Peter go on as a legacy for all Christians after Peter’s death. Truth does not rest in any great leader or pastor. Truth lasts forever (1 Pe 1:23). It is not the man but the message that is important. Men will come and go, but the Word of God abides forever.
The great thing a pastor can do for his congregation is to teach them the Word (this is the point of the pastorals: 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus). Other pastoral functions pall into diminishing priority in light of the communication of God’s Word. The pastor’s real legacy is people who know the Word. No Christian should depend on some scintillating or pleasing personality. He must depend on the Word for the Word lasts forever.
Our only assurance about eternity comes from the Bible.
Many Christians are apprehensive about eternity. We have faith enough to believe that Jesus died for our sins, but we do not have faith enough to trust God with our future. We think that death is a monster, but it is the greatest event ever to a Christian. When we die, we meet Jesus and other loved ones who have gone on before us.
We only bury the cocoon. Our body is simply the shell of our person. The person goes on to be with the Lord. We so identify the corpse with the person that we distort the reality of what happens at death. There is nothing in the casket but so many chemicals.
Home at last.