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2 Peter 1:12 – 13 (NIV)
So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body…

In mathematics, many complex equations (that are calculus in nature) are solved by starting from the scratch to find in simple terms a general algebraic expression for the slope of a curve at a given value. This is called Derivative from First Principles.

In nearing the end of his ministry here on earth, Apostle Peter thought it wise to encourage all believers to call to mind the basic tenets of Christianity. Sadly, these foundational truths are no longer considered important to some, who are now overly engrossed with complex theologies and spiritual mysteries leading to heresies (Col 2:18, 1Tim 6:20-21, 2Tim 2:23, Tit 3:9).

Hebrews 6:1-2 elaborates on these principles and they include repentance from dead works, faith in God, baptisms [in water and in the Holy Ghost], laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

It will never be obsolete to tell others about Christ, the dangers of sin and the fiery fate of hell awaiting those who aren’t saved. Though the principles may be familiar to us, we must continuously examine and remind ourselves of their importance, lest we become victims of our own negligence (1Cor 10:12, Heb 2:1-3).

Many ‘spiritual battles’ believers are engaged in today would never have degenerated to where they are if virtues from these first principles were firmly nurtured and developed to maturity. The simple gospel of Jesus Christ is the solution to all our problems (2Pet 1:5-10).

Go into today reminded of all that Jesus has done for you, and with thanksgiving, go back to your purity, trust, and service to Him–like when you first believed.

—Chibo E.C.

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