“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.”
2 Peter 3:18
Yesterday, we saw how that all who believe are added to the church and ought to identify with a local church. All who believe are expected to associate with one another. There ought to be a discernible fellowship amongst them.
While God’s number one priority for every unsaved man is salvation, His number one priority for the man who is saved is spiritual growth facilitated by knowledge. This is why we see the Apostles consistently provide and pray for knowledge for the churches in their letters.
Our opening scripture shows Apostle Peter instructing believers to grow in grace. The word ‘and’ which comes after ‘grace’ in the opening scripture doesn’t act as a conjunction but rather an explanation of the previous statement. The word ‘and’ is the greek word ‘Kai’ which can be better understood as ‘which is’ in this context. So, Peter was saying “But grow in grace which is the knowledge of our Lord Jesus (the word ‘in’ is in italics; absent in the original).
Paul made it a consistent habit to pray for knowledge for the churches, as one who had spiritual oversight for those churches.
“Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:” Ephesians 1:16-17
“And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;” Philippians 1:9
“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;” Colossians 1:9
I often say Paul’s prayer is primarily achieved in their understanding of his letters. While he prayed for them, he didn’t fail to send information, as information is what produces knowledge.
“Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)”
This is why being a part of a local church can’t be overemphasized. It is in the church that the word is taught expressly and emphasis is placed on teaching about what Christ has done, its implication in our lives and who we are in Him.
I am not oblivious of the fact that several ‘churches’ don’t focus on teaching what they ought to, and that’s why in this series we’ll look at marks of a good church.
Give yourself to the word today conscious of the fact that its information is what provides knowledge and causes us to grow.
Say This: I give myself to spiritual growth. I give myself to the word. I give myself to knowledge.