The Key to Christian Thinking
By Pastor J.D. Link
2Pe 1:10-15 says, “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath showed me. Moreover I will endeavor that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.”
“Put you in remembrance” is mentioned three times by the Apostle Peter in these few verses. He said it is proper to put into remembrance; he would be negligent if he didn’t put people in remembrance; and he endeavored, even after he was gone, that they would always have God’s Word in remembrance.
It is interesting that around 75% of Americans claim to be “Christian” Yet, our nation has literally become Sodom and Gomorrah. How could this be possible? 75% “Christian”, and our culture has degenerated into this? There is something dreadfully wrong with this picture – and the Bible tells us what it is.
Jude 5 says, “I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.” Jude issues a stern warning to Christians to not be like the children of Israel, who, after a mighty deliverance from Egypt, soon forgot – didn’t “remember” – what God had done for them. They soon were complaining, murmuring, and going back to pagan practices. That generation therefore died in the wilderness, and didn’t go into the promised land.
Many “Christians” today have not remembered God’s Word. There are many Scriptures that exhort us to remember God’s Word. We are to be stirred up by way of remembrance of the words of the Apostles and Prophets (2Pt 3:1-2, 2Tim 1:6). The Brethren are to be constantly reminded of the Truth (1Tim 4:6, 2Tim 2:14). Paul told the Philippians that constantly reminding them of the Truth did not put him out; but was a safeguard for them (Php 3:1). In other words, to stay safe, or in the right place in your thinking, one must be constantly renewing their mind in the Holy Scriptures.
In Eph 5:25-26, it says that Jesus cleanses His Church with the washing of the water of the Word. The Word washes. This is done initially in the spirit when a person is regenerated, or born again, through faith in Jesus Christ and becomes justified before God. However, sanctification is a continual process, by offering yourself a living sacrifice to God, and renewing your mind in His Word constantly (Rom 12:1-2).
While Christians are not of this world, they are in the this world. The dirt of the world (ungodliness, immorality, anti-Christ philosophy, etc.) that the Christian is subject to on a daily basis must be washed off with the Word of God. If it’s not washed regularly, it tends to collect – and start stinking. Because the Word is not exalted and remembrance of it is not stressed, many Christians start stinking in their thinking – just like the world. They start accepting things that the Bible calls an abomination.
You think like God when you renew your mind in God’s Word. If you don’t, you think like the world. You accept things that are unacceptable to God. You embrace what God detests. You agree with satan, and disagree with God. If you make yourself a friend of the world by embracing it’s philosophies, you make yourself the enemy of God by rejecting His Truth (Jam 4:4).
Don’t be poured into the world’s mold. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Wash off the dirt of the world regularly. Be in church. Be in Bible study. Pray daily. Read the Word daily. Be Christ – centered in your life. This is your safeguard. This is your narrow path to everlasting life. The world’s ways are not always overt – many times they are subliminal. Be alert. Be wise as a serpent, yet gentle as a dove. Constantly remember God’s Word. Pray.