Stay Steadfast in the Lord
Grow in the Grace and Knowledge of Jesus
by J.M. Troppello
Peter concludes his second epistle with the following passage from 2 Peter 3:14-18. It is a great way to end his epistle because it hones in on a simple message of staying steadfast in the Lord. The best way to do this is to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus.
14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen. (2 Peter 3:14-18, NKJV)
One interesting point to note is that Peter wrote that he understood that some of Paul’s writings on the end times were difficult for some people to understand (vs. 15-16). Peter warned that untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.
According to a note from The Thomas Nelson Study Bible (TNSB), “Untaught refers to one whose mind is untrained and undisciplined in habits of thought. Unstable refers to one whose conduct is not properly established on the truths of God’s Word. Peter admonishes his readers that since they know the truth, they should depart from the error of the wicked and grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord.”
It's important to focus on not being untaught and unstable in your walk in the Lord.
Follow Peter’s advice from verse 14 where he urges believers to look forward to these things (from the preceding section 2 Peter 3:10-13 about the day of the Lord and His second coming) and be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless.
Life as a Christian can be one where you thrive, rather than just survive, when you take Peter’s advice and work diligently to be at peace in the Lord, without spot and blameless. As a Christian, you are washed by the blood of the Lamb. You cannot become blameless on your own. Sin has made that impossible.
Yet, you are instructed to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ day by day. Don’t be a Christian who is untaught in the knowledge of God and His Word. Don’t be unstable by avoiding the task of diligently applying the truths of Scripture to your life each day.
Have you committed to growing in the grace and knowledge of your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ each day? That commitment can be the difference between thriving in your Christian walk and merely surviving day by day.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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