Let us know; let us press on to know the LORD. (Hos 6:3)
In 2 Peter, an inspired “servant and apostle of Jesus Christ” (1:1) shows us why our knowledge of God matters.
Grace and peace are multiplied to us in the knowledge of God and Jesus (1:2).
- Vital God-breathed connections to knowledge in the Bible:
- Acknowledging God’s existence and authority (Rom 1:28; Prov 1:7).
- An indispensable compliment to zeal for God (Rom 10:1-3; 2 Tim 3:6-7)
- Putting to death what is earthly and putting on what is godly (Col 3:5-17)
- An escape from the defilements of the world (2 Pet 2:20)
- Experiencing the unity of the faith and spiritual maturity (Eph 4:11-16)
- Manifestations of abounding love to the glory and praise of God (Phil 1:3-11)
- In these real-life ways, grace and peace are multiplied to those who are of Christ.
All things that pertain to life and godliness are granted to us by the power of God through the knowledge of him who called us (1:3-11).
- Our calling to God’s own glory and excellence (1:3)
- The precious and very great promises of God (1:4a)
- The opportunity to become partakers of the divine nature (1:4b)
- An escape from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire (1:4c)
- The opportunity to grow in our service to King Jesus (1:5-10)
- An entrance into the eternal kingdom (1:11).
It’s no wonder that Peter drew his second letter to a close like he did in 2 Pet 3:17-18:
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.
Which means, one of the day’s most important questions is this: What will I do to grow in this grace and knowledge today?
This sermon was delivered on March 10, 2013.