2Pe 3:17-18 “Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”
Peter refers to his audience as “beloved” a total of six times in his two epistles. It was important to Peter for those of like precious faith to understand how deeply he cared for them. Do we truly care for our brothers and sisters in Christ today? If we do, are we diligent to show and tell them? Are we careful to carry the message of Jesus’ love and power in word and deed?
Peter consistently delivered the message of the promise of Jesus Christ. He was also consistent to point out the dangers of false teachers among God’s people. Those of like precious faith are forewarned of the subtlety of such teaching. Being forewarned, there is something that we should do. We must be on our guard (beware) against these false teachings. Why? Because false teachings sound good. We need not think that we absolutely cannot succumb to false teachings. This arrogance is (at least in part) the error of the wicked. When we cease to acknowledge our need for our Savior on a daily basis, we have fallen from our own stedfastness.
In order to remain firm in our like precious faith, we must always be aware that we have no strength and no righteousness of our own. This is contrary to our Adam nature; our vanity causes us to seek some glory for ourselves. Our experience of peace and safety (deliverance) exists in knowing that Jesus is still our Savior. Stedfastness in the truth comes from our understanding that we must wholly rely on Him for all things. We need to stop asking, “What is the right way?”, and rather seek the only Way. Our true joy comes from understanding that Truth is not about an ordering of correct ideas; it is the living Word. Our life is not about having breath and a heartbeat; our Life is Jesus Christ. The resurrection is not simply a miraculous event; the Resurrection is He whom we call Lord and Saviour. He is truly all in all.
Having our hearts firmly fixed on Jesus, we then grow in grace. Grace must first be given to us before we can grow in it. Just as natural life must first be given before that life can grow, so we must first be given grace before we can grow in grace. Just as life must precede growth, so growth must precede knowledge (the act or awareness of knowing). Our stedfastness in Him leads to a growth, both in grace and in knowledge, of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The more we grow in both grace and knowledge, the more stedfast we become. The more stedfast we become, the harder it is to be led astray from the Truth.
As an outcome of this growth, we do not give glory to men or try to claim glory for ourselves. Instead, we give glory to Him who is the Way, the Truth, the Life, and the Resurrection! He is our joy and our peace. We understand that He alone is worthy.
May we be blessed by God to grow strong in our walk with the Truth!