Peter had been with the Lord for about three years. After that, Peter goes about teaching and healing and preaching. He wrote two books of the new testament.
Having spent three years with Jesus and now another 33 years since Jesus ascended into heaven, he has become quite the expert in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I think Peter has become quite familiar with the life of the Christian. After all, he was the one who denied that he even knew Jesus and he was also one of those who went to the mount of transfiguration. At this point in his life, Peter is defending the faith with his very life. From denying the Lord to dying for the Lord, Peter speaks with authority.
Peter has something to say that we would do well to hear and believe. Peter knows about growing in grace. He sums up His experience with God in this way.
II Peter 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 steadfastness.
V18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever. Amen.”
‘Grow in grace’ is not some last minute thought that Peter had.
- It is not some unknown principle to be considered if we feel like it.
- It is not an afterthought that God allowed to be inserted into scripture, because He needed to fill up space.
- It is the very truth from God, about what happens to people once they meet the Master. To grow in grace is the path that God leads us on.
Excerpt from God Thinking XIX - Growing in Grace by Keith C. Powell copyright 2013