We'll be starting this morning in 1 Timothy chapter four beginning in verse six.
- 1 Timothy 4:6
In regards to everything that God's word has to say to us, we need to put it into memory.
Remembering is as important today as at any time in the past (or the future). Memorials remind us of significant events in the past and of the ones who made sacrifices respecting those important events. The Liberty memorial in downtown Kansas City reminds us of World War 1. Yesterday, we remembered the events of September 11. We should remember those who secured our freedom, and remember the important events of the past.
Memory is very important. There are memory courses designed to help us improve our memories to make us more proficient in business, etc.
Repetition has long been recognized as basic to successful education. Any institution or nation that forgets to remember from whence it came, and the struggles therein is headed for downfall.
“Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it” — George Santayana
We are to remember our history or we will be doomed to forget it. We must remember the sacrifice of Jesus in order to not fall back into sin.
Many people prefer to remember (and live in) the past than to deal with the present and anticipate the future.Most people profess to remember the good old days.
“Remember” is also a significant word in the Bible. Its meaning is not obscure; it means to bring back to mind or recall from memory.
The word appears 266 times in the Bible (KJV), 204 times in the Old Testament and 62 times in the New Testament. The Bible has 31,173 verses. Oftentimes we read something, but don't remember it.
Studying (as opposed to merely reading) each verse just once would take a long time. Yet, preachers and teachers often cause their audiences to remember many things already learned from previous study.
Many areas in life as well as in religion require a fair amount of repetition to make one proficient. Likewise, several familiar Scriptures contain the word “remember.”
One famous verse from the Ten Commandments contains the word “remember,”.
- Exodus 20:8
What was special about the Sabbath day was that God had rested on the Sabbath. And, His people were to also rest, the Israelites were to rest in remembrance of what God had done.
Eccesiastes 12:1 applies the word “remember” to youth.
A reference in the New Testament to Lot’s wife uses the word “remember”.
- Luke 17:32
They were told to flee the city and not look back. But, Lot's wife, turned and looked back. And, Jesus referred to her, to remember her. Her disobedience led to her destruction.
We are to Remember God
The children of God need to remember the power of God and not be afraid of fellow men. There were giants in the land, the Israelites looked at them and was afraid.
- Deuteronomy 7:18
God instructs the second generation to not be afraid, but to remember what God had done to all of Egypt.
- Nehemiah 4:14
Their opponents were trying to prevent them from rebuilding the land, rebuilding the temple. But Nehemiah instructs them to remember the Lord and all that He is able to do.
- Matthew 10:28
The worst thing a person can do to me physically is to kill me. But, Paul, tell us Philippians 1, that it's better to go and be with the Lord, so what can man do to us?
The children of God need to remember that God is their Rock upon whom they can rely.
- Psalm 78:35
He is our Rock, the One that doesn't change and is solid. We need to build our life upon the Rock.
Mankind should remember that God is Creator.
- Ecclesiastes 12:1
God is our Creator. We need to remember Him, His great power, His might and His great love.
Christians are to remember Jesus Christ through observance of the communion.
- Luke 22:19
We need to remember God, and we need to remember Christ.
We need to remember the resurrection of Christ.
- 2 Timothy 2:8
- Romans 1:4
Christians are called upon to remember that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is central to the Gospel.
We are to Remember God's Word
Old Testament passages exhort the children of God to remember and to obey the Word of God. Before one can obey the Word of God, he must know it and remember it.
- Joshua 1:13
Joshua says to remember God.
Then, one must remember to obey the Word of God.
- Numbers 15:40
If one fails to remember the Word of God and to remember obey the Word of God, God will punish him.
- Nehemiah 1:8-9
These are those that returned from captivity. They had experienced that punishment. They didn't obey God, their nation was destroyed and they were scattered for 70 years. Yet, also He had told them if they remembered His word, He would bring them back, and this is what they were experiencing the restoration, their return to Judah.
New Testament passages exhort the children of God to remember and to obey the Word of God.
We need to remember the words of Jesus.
- Acts 20:35
- Luke 24:6-8
- John 2:17, 22
We need to also remember the words of the apostles of Christ.
- Jude 1:17
It is better to remember the words of Jesus before remembering them they condemn us.
- Matthew 26:75
- Luke 22:61
Don't forget to remember before it is too late.
Remember to Exhort Others
God’s servants have always been responsible for calling their fellow man to remembrance. Likewise, God’s servants in the Gospel Age are responsible for calling their fellow man to remembrance.
- Ephesians 2:11-13
It brings us back, we need to remember the sacrifice of Jesus. You can look back on your life and the things you do, We need to remember that the things of the past are done away with when we are freed from those things in Jesus Christ. Remember from where you came from and who we used to be.
Elders have the God-given responsibility to ever remind the children of God of God’s truth and warn against doctrinal error.
- 1 Timothy 4:6
We must emphasize and exhort others to always remember God's word.
- 2 Peter 1:12-15
- 2 Peter 3:1-3
From time to time, we lose mindfulness of the things which have been done. But, when we take the time to remember we stir up our mind we remember the gift of God.
The gospel faith must always be had in remembrance.
- 2 Timothy 1:5-6
It reminds him of the legacy of faith, to remember the faith of his mother and grandmother and keeps his mind in that faith as well.
The children of God must remember that though God rewards obedience, he punishes disobedience.
- Jude 1:5
- Hebrews 5:8-9
- 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9
Let us remember God and his Word. Let us cause our fellow man to remember God and his Word. Especially as Christians, we need to remember from whence we came to be who we are.
As the children of God, we must remember how we became Christians and inform others so they, too, can become children of God. Remember the Word of God rather than the uninspired words of men respecting salvation.
The Bible makes clear that faith comes by hearing, by the Word of God, Romans 10:17. That faith which we must have is that Jesus is the Son of God, and if we don't believe we will die in our sins, John 8:24. We must repent, Luke 13:3, and be baptized for the remission of sin, Acts 8:37; 22:16, calling on the name of the Lord.
And, we must be faithful unto death, Revelation 2:10. If we remain faithful unto death, then, He will give us a crown of life.
If you look to just one place in the New Testament we don't see what to do, but if we look at the whole of the New Testement it makes it clear what we need to do in order to be saved.
If an erring child of God, remember that God still wants you to be saved.
- 1 John 1:9
You can put on Christ in baptism, to remember God and obey His will and become His child.
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