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How to Grow in Grace (10 of 10)
Pastor Richard Laue
II Peter 3:17-18
Peter ends his second Epistle with a command, "Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." How do we grow in grace?, is the big question.
Not only are we "saved by grace" (Ephesians 2:8), but we "stand by grace." (Romans 5:2)
I Peter 5:12, "This is the true grace of God in which you stand." So we are saved by grace, and we stand by grace, and we grow by grace.
Grace means "favour." That being true, then the following statements are true in regard to grace.
1. Salvation is the work of God for man; it is not the work of man for God.
2. Salvation is the imputed righteousness of God; not the imperfect righteousness of man.
3. Salvation is according to the faithful calling of God; not the faithful living of man.
4. Salvation is a divine reconciliation; it is not a human regulation.
5. Salvation is the canceling of all sin; not the covering of some sins.
6. Salvation is being delivered from the Law; not trusting and delighting in the Law.
7. Salvation is regeneration; it is not human reformation.
8. Salvation is being acceptable to God; not becoming exceptionally good.
9. Salvation is completeness in Christ; not of human effort or purpose.
10. Salvation is possessing every spiritual blessing in the Heavenly places.
11. Salvation is always and only of God; never of man's effort.
12. Salvation is the unsearchable riches of Christ.
Now all of this is possible because salvation is by grace, God's grace, His favour.
The command here at the end of the letter is, "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." How do we grow in grace?
We certainly don't grow in grace to get saved, or to stay saved, but we grow in grace to "stand."
That is precisely what Peter is writing about in verse 17. Peter is pouring out his heart to these believers, and saying, "You are my friends and you already know what I am ...
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