December 6, 2023

December 6, 2023

Author: Pastor Gordon Cook
December 06, 2023

“Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder.”

2 Peter 1:12, 13

I will never forget an experience I had in Canada. I might have been in my second or third year of Bible College or first year at the academy. During the summer in Toronto I would sometimes preach in local churches and I was asked to preach in a church in a town called Delhi, Ontario, that’s the heart of tobacco country in Ontario. While I was preaching, there was a fellow to my right, a middle-aged individual, by himself, and it appeared while I was preaching that he was having a Bible study. After the sermon I asked him, “Can I ask you what you were doing?” He said, “I was having a Bible Study. I wasn’t listening to you because I had heard that all before.” So he did not want to hear what I had to say. He had not heard that sermon, but he had heard that subject of holiness and thought, “I have heard that before, why do I need to hear it again?” But the question would be, “Don’t we always need to be reminded when it comes to the things of God?”

The Ten Commandments are repeated in the Bible. The Lord’s Prayer is repeated twice, it’s given by our Lord in Matthew 6 and Luke 11, two different occasions where Jesus repeated himself. And then Jesus, en route to Jerusalem with his disciple friends, he repeats himself to them three times. Remember he tells them three times, “I am going to the cross and I am going to be resurrected on the third day.” So you could say, “Jesus understood the importance of repeat, repeat, repeat. But in spite of the repetition they forgot or maybe they didn’t even hear. Why is that the case? Because of sin. We are prone to wander and we are prone to forget.

Dr. Albert Mohler talks about the Noetic effects of the fall. I think it comes from the Greek word, noose. He mentions fourteen different ways in which the mind has been effected by the fall or by sin. Here are some of them: wrong thinking, distractions, intellectual fatigue, intellectual apathy, intellectual pride, and forgetfulness is on the list.

Do you think that Adam and Eve in the garden had a problem of remembering? I don’t think so, it’s an effect of the fall. Peter understood the importance of reminding us, “I am going to stir you up to remember.”

We should do that frequently for ourselves. If you have children it is a good idea to repeat things to them. And on Wednesday nights we often go back to the Lord’s Day and seek to remind ourselves of what we heard. It’s easy to forget what we heard.