Peter and The Lord’s Forget Me Not

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. It occurs when brain tissue degeneration causes a progressive deterioration in mental functioning and ability. One of the most debilitating consequences is that a person randomly forgets parts of his/her life or why they even began any particular endeavor.

Early on in high school, Patrice Rushen released a song title “Forget Me Nots”. The song’s chorus states

Sending you forget me not’s
To help ya to remember
Baby please forget me not
I want you to remember

It was her way of asking her former love interest to not forget her. Whether with a few people or with thousands of people, we all have a desire to not be forgotten. Who wants to be forgotten? No one! It means that our time and investment where worthless. I do not know of anyone who is ambivalent or indifferent to the significance of his/her life on this earth. Albeit not for the same reasons, we all want to be remembered. This is why we have Peter and The Lord’s Forget Me Not.

We are at the center of most of our forget me nots. That is not the case with Peter and The Lord’s Forget Me Not. The elect and their best interest are at the center of their forget me not. What is Peter and The Lord’s Forget Me Not? It is the Word of God itself. Peter, by being an apostle, has the privilege of partaking with the Word of God to write the Word of God.

We see Peter’s desire for the elect or the followers of Christ to have the Word of God in their lives. In 2 Peter 1:12-15, Peter says,

“12 So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. 13 I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, 14 because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.”

I hope that you can see that at the heart of Peter’s desire is not himself but the welfare of the followers of Jesus. Peter wants them to be established in the truth they now have about the triune God, so he wrote them a letter. His letter, along with many of the other disciples of Jesus, became the basis of canonical scripture or the Word of God as we know it.

From 1 Peter 1:25 “but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you.” We see that Peter is intimately aware that God’s Word will last forever. He even seems to know that his writings are apart of God’s Word. If we could not surmise that in 1 Peter 1:25, there is stronger evidence to do so from verses 12-15 above. Many have proposed that Peter was aware of the significance of his death and those of the other apostles as well as the cause to preserve the authoritative teaching of the apostles and prophets. In Christendom, it is widely accepted that written teaching of the apostles and their associates serve as the foundation of the church preserved by God for all generations (Ephesians 2:19-22).

As men and women, we will be forgotten. I don’t know who my great, great, great ancestors are. It is not a history or linage that was preserved. The same is not true about God. His linage, through His Word, has been preserved and will never decay or be forgotten. God’s Word is clear that we have an end and an unassuming one, but He will never be forgotten. Listen to God’s Word that conveys that to us

Isaiah 40:8 – The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”
1 Peter 1:25 “but the word of the Lord endures forever.”
Man will not endure; he will pass away like a wild flower, but God will. This is why we Peter and The Lord’s Forget Me Not. It is their way of reminding us. Both Peter and The Lord wants us to remember, so we can stay the course. Remember and stay the course my fellow followers of Christ.

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