Grow in Grace and Knowledge. 2 Peter 3

We conclude our study of 2 Peter.  Writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Peter pens these words:

 “Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear Brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.  His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.  Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you many not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position.  But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever. Amen.”  2 Peter 3: 16-18
I wrote of Paul’s revelations and wisdom on Father’s gift of salvation as we discussed salvation last week.  But I include this verse again to point our the error that was being taught by some, and is still taught by some today when looking at the magnificent gift of grace.
Some people were teaching that in order to be saved, one must believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior, but also, if a male, must be circumcised, and keep the Law of Moses.  Sabbath Days, New Moon celebrations, required festivals, what could be eaten, or what could be drank were being taught by them.  Paul said “Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.”  Colossians 2:23  These are all merely things of the flesh and goes back to man trying to be good enough in his own eyes.  We simply cannot be, and that is why Father has given us His covenant of grace and has made us perfect in it through Christ Jesus.  The old covenant was fulfilled and finished at the cross by our Lord.  In its place is grace – the unmerited, unearned covenant of love and life in Him.
Nothing is to be mixed with grace.  Our striving to be religious adds no value, and dilutes the purity of grace. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God  – not by works, lest anyone should boast.”                 Ephesians 2: 8-9  A Gift. Not earned.  Not available to purchase.  A beautiful gift of love.  A new covenant for us to be secure in because it is by Him, and from Him.
We are born again by the Holy Spirit in grace.  As a new born, and new creation, we are to grow and mature from that same source.  Someone said, “Grace is the method of divine dealing in salvation and in the believer’s life and service.”
As we go to the Word each day, we will find ourselves nourished, and growing in our spirit.  We will find ourselves growing in our soul as we receive more knowledge of what the Lord has for us to enjoy as we walk with Him in this life.  As we apply the promises of Christ we will find ourselves becoming stronger and more healthy in mind and body.   We are Children of God growing in body, soul, and spirit through grace and knowledge received from Christ Jesus – The Word.
“Let us be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven us.”  Let us walk filled with love for our Father, our Savior, and The Holy Spirit praising Him for His love, and grace.
May you be blessed in all good things, walk in divine health, prosper and live long, my Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus.
I love you.
Poppa B.

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