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“Remembering” in the Bible

May 18, 2020

I will always remind you of these things [the gospel], even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. 2 Peter 1:12 (NIV)

Being reminded of something you already know gets annoying fast. So when Peter says. “I will always remind you of what you already know and are firmly established in,” it looks like a formula for frustration.

But “remembering” in the Bible is much more than being able to recall something that happened. When Peter describes a person who professes faith but never grows, he says that he has “forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins” (1:9). But if you went up to this person and said, “Jesus died for your sins,” he or she would say, “I already know that.”

The problem is not that he cannot recall forgiveness, but that his forgiveness doesn’t mean much to him anymore. It is no longer something that is real and alive, fresh and present for him. It is no longer shaping his life.

When Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper, He took the bread and the wine, and said, “Do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19 NIV). What does it mean to remember the Lord Jesus? If you never took communion again for the rest of your life, would you forget that Jesus died on the cross?

Of course not! But Jesus wants His death and resurrection to be more than something you can recall. He wants you to savor its blessing, taste its goodness, and experience its power. He wants you to live in the sufficiency of all that He has accomplished for you.

Have you “remembered” Jesus’ death and resurrection this week? Have you savored its blessing? Tasted its goodness? Experienced its power?

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the President and Teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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