Exhortation to Remembrance
"This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance." 2 Pet. 3:1
Remembrance in vs. 1 is the first. This marks the need for activity of the mind. This epistle of Peter does not mark his first but his final attempt to stir up with letters the minds of these brethren. As in his first epistle, so also now in this second and final epistle, he is calling to their minds not merely what he wrote in his former epistle, but what they knew previously through the writings of the prophets and through the commandment of the Lord, heralded by the apostles. This message is the gospel message with its commencement, its continuation, and its consummation.