“So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. 13 I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, 14 because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.” (II Peter 1:12-15)
When the Apostle Peter wrote these words he knew that he was going to die soon as a martyr, in accordance with the prophecy that Jesus had given him years before (John 21:18). He dedicated his final time on Earth to repeating the truth of the gospel message to his fellow Christians so that they could be confident of their salvation (I Peter 1:10) and “receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior” when they die (I Peter 1:11). He realized that the best legacy you can leave behind to those you love is instructions on how to please God.