Wednesday, December 5, 2012

2 Peter 3:17-18

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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 an for ever. Amen.

Don’t be misled by anyone. Don’t allow anyone to pollute and question the theology that God has taught you from His Word. Who He is never changes. What He says does not waver. His desires are the same from everlasting past to everlasting future. The ones who want to change your thinking do so for their own personal gain from you. Do not be deceived by them. Whether they use their own wisdom, or enticing opportunities, or scoffing, or any other type of subversion, rest in the truth that you have learned. And grow in that truth. Do not take their lies as truth. Take the Words of God as truth. Take what He teaches and shows you as the only source of truth. There is no extra-biblical text that contains His truth, there is no extra-biblical person who is His special mouthpiece carrying His hidden never-before-revealed truth. What He wants to say to you, He already has, it is now just a matter of listening to His Word as it is written and allowing it to change you. Grow in truth. Dive deep into His Word and discover that it isn’t necessarily the new things that are invigorating and exciting, but rather the gems of truth that He spoke thousands of years ago to His penmen that are life-giving and joy-bringing. Grow in grace. Allow His grace to invade your life, focus the lens of your perspective off of the circumstances of life and onto the Providence of a God who is gently working in you His plan and purpose through those circumstances. Open your eyes to see His Sovereign design and power. Grow in the knowledge of Jesus. See who He is in the pages of the Gospels. See His tender ways. See His gentle treatment of those who didn’t believe, and His harsh words against the ones who hid the truth of God from others through their self-righteousness. See Him incrementally teach those who He longed to see grow, and see that He works this way still today. Don’t be shaken, and only look to Jesus.
Food For Thought: What two things does Peter tell you to grow in? What does growth in these areas look like?