Growing in Grace
From the Salvation Engine Podcast - EP 20 Growing in Grace
“but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” - 2 Peter 3:18
What does it mean to grow in grace?
Peter warns the believers about the last days and the evil scoffers who would come and he reminds us that the Lord’s patience is intended to lead godless people into repentance. And that indeed that day of the Lord will come in which everything will be destroyed and we ought to live holy and godly lives as we await its coming.
We are to make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.
The command is to be on our guard so we are not carried away by the error of lawless people and fall from our secure position, our steadfastness. And the way to do this, to keep ourselves, is to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. ( 2 Peter 3:18)
To grow, speaks to advancement, moving forward. To continue established towards achieving a goal. Walking through the doors of expansion as we advance in spiritual maturity in becoming like our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Paul describes his own spiritual progress in Philippians 3:14, he says, "I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
Hebrews 6 talks about the peril of not progressing. We are not to remain as babes desiring milk but we are to be taken forward to solid food. The writer of Hebrews writes that we should be taken forward leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ and going on to perfection (to maturity, to completion), ...this all speaks to growth from one spiritual level to another.
Doctrines such as repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment are listed as foundational. (Hebrews 6). The believer is called to move beyond that, to be taken forward.
This door of expansion is opened by God’s grace. Hebrews 6:3 reads, “And this will we do, if God permit.” Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith and through the power of the Spirit working in us he is able to lead us into all truth as we are transformed from glory to glory into his image.
Growing in grace is consistently moving forward in our understanding of what Jesus has done for us, breaking free from human traditions and concepts. This can only be accomplished through knowledge of the scriptures through the wisdom and revelation that comes through the Spirit of God.
As we receive fresh revelation from the word we are sanctified and transformed. We continue on the journey of growing in grace. Growing into Jesus. Into holiness.
Growing in grace is continual as we mature and is supported by prayer, studying the word, meditating on scriptures, fellowshipping with other believers and yielding to the Holy Spirit.
In Paul’s farewell to the elders in Ephesus, in Acts 20:32, just like Peter and Jude, he too warns the believers to be on guard against ferocious wolves, false teachers that would come even from amongst the flock and he says, “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.”
Paul is asking the believers here to continue in the message of grace which he has spent night and day teaching them for three years even with tears. He believes it is in this word that they will be kept safe and be built up even to obtaining an inheritance.
Therefore, growing in grace, continuing in it, is a protection, a shelter from deception, a path to transformation, to spiritual maturity in becoming that which God desires for us to become and obtaining all that God desires for us to obtain as we wait for the coming of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.