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I cannot believe we’re about to finish reading 2 Peter! I thank God for giving us so many reasons to cling to His Word and for providing us with a secure source of hope that leads us to long for the return of Christ.
Today we’re going to talk about the last two verses—final words before the end of our journey through this book.
Open your Bible and read 2 Peter 3:17–18. We’ve also written it out below for you.
You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
Be On Guard!
These verses connect us to all that we’ve already read. Remember all the warnings about false teachers, the admonitions about adding virtue to our faith, and the reminders of the secure coming of Christ? We need to be alert. It’s vital that we’re aware of everything that can make our feet deviate from the Truth.
Read the passage one more time, and try to identify how Peter exhorts us to be alert. Did you see it? The key to staying on guard and avoiding falling into error is growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Grow in Grace
To grow in grace, we must know the undeserved grace that’s been given to us through the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Christ, we’ve been given a gift we don’t deserve: salvation.
We grow in grace when we live in the light of that reality.
We grow in grace when we allow the gospel to shape our way of life.
We grow in grace when we obey the Word of God and add virtue to our faith.
We grow in grace when we remind ourselves of God’s grace in times of crisis.
We grow in grace when we extend that grace to others.
We grow in grace when we live so that others can recognize the grace of God in our lives and observe the gospel in action.
Grow in the Knowledge of Christ
The second way that Peter encourages us to be on guard is to grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For this, we must know Him first, not just in an intellectual or historical way but in a personal way.
We grow in the knowledge of Christ when we know the Word of God.
We grow in the knowledge of Christ when we begin to see it not as a bunch of isolated stories but as a book with a single central theme: Jesus Christ.
We grow in the knowledge of Christ when we treasure His work on our behalf—when the gospel is not just a Sunday word but a description of our life’s story.
We grow in the knowledge of Christ when we believe, by faith, the promises contained in His Word and they fill our heart with hope to joyfully wait for His return.
When we grow in grace and the knowledge of Christ, we can be prepared to face a world of lies that tries to make us slip and fall into error. Do you realize the importance of staying alert?
Knowing Christ compels us to grow in the grace we have received. He is the Cornerstone on which we are firmly anchored. He is our absolute authority. He defines who we are and how we should live. Arm yourself with the Word of God, and watch your steps carefully!
As you grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ, your heart will be filled with praise, like Peter’s was at the end of his letter: “To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”
Jesus is truly worthy of all glory from now until the eternity that we will enjoy with Him when He returns. I pray that our hearts long for that day, and together we can say: Amen!
- Is your spiritual life passive or careful and alert?
- How are you growing in the grace of God?
- Are you growing in the knowledge of Christ?