Harry Buis

READ : 2 Peter 1:12-15

If you hear some preacher on television or radio telling about things you never heard of, in spite of the fact that you grew up in an evangelical church, beware! Peter says to these Christians that he has nothing new to tell them. He sees his task as reminding them of what they already knew. Your evangelical pastor may not be saying the spectacular things you may hear elsewhere; but if he is telling you the truth you were taught from childhood in an evangelical church, he is doing his duty.

Peter says that as long as he lives, he will remind Christians of the truth we already know (v. 13). As the hymn goes, “Tell me the old, old story.” We need to keep focussed on the heart of the gospel, to be reminded to trust and obey. We are hearing so many false messages from the media that we need to keep the truth ever before us. Peter sees the urgency of doing this, because he knows he will soon die (v. 14). The message is urgent because life is soon over. Take every opportunity to spread the gospel, because nothing is more important, and there is little time. What a wonderful legacy if, after we leave this life, people will remember what we said about Jesus Christ. Accept the gospel of Christ now if you have not already done so, before it is forever too late.


Father, remind us of the truth of the gospel and of how it calls us to a life of faith and obedience. In Jesus’ name. Amen.