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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Peter 1:12-15

I. The importance and advantage of progress and perseverance in grace and holiness made the apostle to be very diligent in doing the work of a minister of Christ, that he might thereby excite and assist them to be diligent in the duty of Christians. If ministers be negligent in their work, it can hardly be expected that the people will be diligent in theirs; therefore Peter will not be negligent (that is, at no time or place, in no part of his work, to no part of his charge), but will be... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 2 Peter 1:12-15

1:12-15 It is for this reason that I intend constantly to remind you of these things, although you already know them, and although you are already firmly established in the truth which you possess. I think it is right, so long as I am in this tent, to rouse you by reminding you, for I know that the time to put off my tent is coming soon, as indeed our Lord Jesus Christ has told me. Yes, and I will make it my endeavour to see to it that after my departure you will constantly remember these... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Peter 1:13

Yea, I think it meet ,.... Or "just". This is the apostle's other reason for his conduct, taken from the duty of his place and office; judging it to be what became him as an apostle and elder, and the minister of the circumcision, and was what was due to God and Christ, whom he served, and the souls of men under his care: as long as I am in this tabernacle : or "body", as the Syriac and Ethiopic versions render it, and so some copies; for the body is as a tabernacle for the soul to dwell... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Peter 1:13

As long as I am in this tabernacle - By tabernacle we are to understand his body; and hence several of the versions have σωματι , body, instead of σκηνωματι , tabernacle. Peter's mode of speaking is very remarkable: as long as I AM in this tabernacle, so then the body was not Peter, but Peter dwelt in that body. Is not this a proof that St. Peter believed his soul to be very distinct from his body? As a man's house is the place where he dwells, so the body is the house where the soul... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Peter 1:13

Verse 13 13.Yea, I think it meet, or right. He expresses more clearly how useful and how necessary is admonition, because it is needful to arouse the faithful, for otherwise torpor will creep in from the flesh. Though, then, they might not have wanted teaching, yet he says that the goads of admonitions were useful, lest security and indulgence (as it is usually the case) should weaken what they had learned, and at length extinguish it. He adds another cause why he was so intent on writing to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Peter 1:12-14

An old man's aim. I. AN AIM FOR THE HIGHEST GOOD OF OTHERS . Peter is desiring that "these things" should be remembered by others for their benefit and blessing. "These things" probably comprehend not only all the exhortations and promises the letter had already contained, but the great facts in the great biography to which ever and again, with the vividness of an eye-witness, Peter had referred. II. An aim for the highest good of others AFTER HIS OWN DEATH . He... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Peter 1:12-15

The saint's earnest endeavour to enforce spiritual truth. At the close of Peter's life the corrupt heresies of the second and third centuries were threatened, and against these he would fortify the Church by making them "mindful" of the Word of God. The Church would be strong—strong to resist the encroachments of heresy, if established in the knowledge of God through Scripture. The apostle's work was nearly done, the end of his pilgrimage was in sight, but he could not rest till he had... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Peter 1:12-21

Reasons for diligence in his apostolic work. I. THE TIME IS SHOUT . 1 . We need continually to be aroused. We may know all things necessary for salvation; we have known them, it may be, all our lives; we are firmly convinced of their truth; but we need to keep that knowledge vividly before our hearts, to bring it to bear upon the circumstances of our daily lives. Few of us have this recollectedness, this persevering watchfulness; we need constant exhortation. St. Peter's... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Peter 1:13

Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle; rather, as in the Revised Version, and I think it right. The natural body is but a tabernacle for the soul, a tent to dwell in during our earthly pilgrimage, not a permanent habitation. The word reminds us of 2 Corinthians 5:1-4 , where St. Paul uses the same metaphor; and also of St. Peter's words at the Transfiguration, "Let us make three tabernacles." To stir you up by putting you in remembrance; literally, to arouse you in... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 2 Peter 1:13

Yea, I think it meet - I think it becomes me as an apostle. It is my appropriate duty; a duty which is felt the more as the close of life draws near.As long as I am in this tabernacle - As long as I live; as long as I am in the body. The body is called a tabernacle, or tent, as that in which the soul resides for a little time. See the notes at 2 Corinthians 5:1.To stir you up, by putting you in remembrance - To excite or arouse you to a diligent performance of your duties; to keep up in your... read more

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