Characteristics of Christian Growth - Part 2 (2 of 3)
2 Peter 1:2-3
June 4, 2006
INTRODUCTION: 2 Peter 1:8-9 challenges us to take a deeper look within as to whether we are growing individually or if we are ineffective and unproductive. The Bible makes it clear that there is a qualifiable component to these virtues. There is evidence.
“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.”
“multiplied” – suggests constant growth unto the fullness of the blessing of Christ.
“knowledge” – word does not mean a mere intellectual understanding of some truth, though that is included. It means a living participation in the truth in the sense that our Lord used in John 17:3.
“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
“knowledge” – implying a larger, more thorough, and intimate knowledge. The Christian’s precious faith is built on knowing the truth about God. Christianity is not a mystical religion, but is based on objective, historical, revealed, rational truth from God and intended to be understood and believed. The deeper and wider that knowledge of the Lord, the more grace and peace are multiplied.
It is through experience and intimacy that these (grace and peace) are multiplied.
Grace is God’s favor to the undeserving. God, in His mercy, does not give us what we do deserve; God, in His grace, gives us what we don’t deserve.
The results of this experience is “peace.”
- Peace with God.
Romans 5:1, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
- Peace of God.
Philippians 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
God’s grace and peace are “multiplied” tow ...
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