2 Peter is his last reminder.
“I consider it right, as long as I am in this earthly dwelling, to stir you up by way of reminder, knowing that the laying aside of my earthly body is imminent, as also our Lord Jesus has made clear to me. And I will also be diligent that at any time after my departure you will be able to call these things to mind.” (2 Peter 1:13-15)
What would you tell Christians to remember if you were soon to go? Well, this is what Peter had to say. He wanted the faithful to be certain of God’s calling and His choosing. He reminded us of the qualities we should increasingly possess to be useful and fruitful. (Remember the parable of the branches pruned, or cut off?)
“Therefore , brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.” (2 Peter 1:10-11)
Only a believer in Jesus would be diligent. (Remember the parable of the ten virgins?) It takes a believer to be diligent in practicing these qualities and being a partaker of the divine nature. (2 Peter 1:4) “Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral virtue, and in your moral virtue , knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.” (2 Peter 1 :5-7)
There is no fooling our Creator. God’s will is to grant His divine nature to those who believe in His Son. He knows who will enter “into the eternal kingdom.” It is the one who will partake of His divine nature. Peter’s reminder is for each one of us to “make certain about His calling and choosing.”
Father, you have saved us that we might be one, filled with Your nature. We are grateful to be reminded of this truth through the diligence of Peter. In Christ’s name we thank You for Your “precious and magnificent promises.”