2 Peter 3:18

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

…but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen. 
2 Peter 3:18

We now come to the final verse of this magnificent epistle. Peter gives one final exhortation and finishes with a short doxology in it, beginning with, “but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” It is similar to how he began the epistle. In 2 Peter 1:2, he said –

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.”

In his words here, there is no article before either “grace” or “knowledge” in the Greek, and so various ways of translating the verse have been suggested –

In the grace and knowledge
In grace and in knowledge
In grace, and in the knowledge
In grace, and in the knowledge
In grace, and in [the] knowledge
In the grace and knowledge

These, and other variations, each determine what the translator feels was on the mind of Peter. For example, some make the first subjective and the second objective – Christ is the Giver (subjective) and He is the object of the knowledge. Others are both objective – Christ is the object of the grace and of the knowledge, etc.

Without being dogmatic, it is likely that Peter is saying that the believer is to grow in grace given by Christ, and that they are to grow in the knowledge concerning the Person of Christ. This seems to fit best with the idea of Christian maturity. We have been given grace and should grow in that which has been given. At the same time, we have a knowledge of Jesus from the inception of our walk with Him, but that knowledge can increase forever as we seek Him out (2 Peter 1:5-9).

This would then be in accord with the subject of what he has been saying concerning the false teachers and the twisting of Scripture by them – something he warns us to avoid being swept up in. To avoid this, it would be wise to grow in the knowledge of Christ. It is He who is found throughout Scripture, and it is He who reveals the unseen God to us.

Finally, Peter finishes with, “To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” In Isaiah, we read –

“I am the Lord, that is My name;
And My glory I will not give to another.” Isaiah 42:8

This is stated elsewhere as well. For the Lord (Yehovah of the Old Testament Scriptures) to say this, and then for Peter to ascribe that same glory to Jesus in his closing remarks now, shows that either Peter truly believed that Jesus is the incarnate Yehovah, or he was an incompetent blasphemer. It is Jesus Christ who is granted “the glory” and, as the Greek reads, it is “to the day of eternity.”

This is a phrase not found anywhere else in the New Testament. Both the word “day” and “eternity” are singular nouns. It is one day, but it is an eternal day. In other words, it is the fulfillment of the thought which was hinted at in the creation account. Each of the six days of creation said, “So the evening and the morning were the xxth day.”

However, on the seventh day, this is not recorded. It is an eternal day, a day where tomorrow (the evening) will never come because the light of God in Christ will radiate forever. Thus, Revelation says –

“They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.” Revelation 22:4, 5

This is what is in store for the saints of God, and it is – literally – a moment away at any time. Indeed, the Lord is not slack concerning His promise. He will, in the moment He has determined from the foundation of the world, bring His people to Himself. It is this marvelous moment that Peter anticipates, and which we can delight in as we continue in the stream of time, awaiting that moment as well.

Life application: Among other points, the epistles of Peter have given us great insights into our heavenly inheritance; life in the presence of God; God’s eternal and enduring word; the work of Jesus as foretold in the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New; living as pilgrims in this temporary abode; our need to submit to ruling authorities and others appointed over us; our call to be a blessing as we live our lives; the suffering of Christ which should mark our own willingness to suffer – which is to the glory of God; serving others; instructions for elders; resisting the devil; faithfully growing in Christ; the trustworthiness of the word of prophecy; destructive heresies; the depravity, deception, and doom of false teachers; the faithfulness of God’s promises; the coming Day of the Lord; and finally a note to remain steadfast as we wait on Christ.

Peter’s admonition of the final verse of his second epistle is an amazingly perfect way to end his letters. After all of these instructions and explanations, he sums up the entire body of his thought asking us to continue to grow in Jesus. His grace is that which has been given to us though we didn’t deserve it.

The knowledge of Him can only be obtained from the word written about him. Therefore, we look to the pages of the Bible, including the words of Peter, to grow in our knowledge of the mystery of Christ – now revealed to the saints of the ages.

Peter ends his note in a manner which confirms – as has been done countless times in the New Testament – the deity of Jesus. He does this by stating, “To Him be the glory both now and forevermore.” No God, jealous for His own glory and protective of His name, would allow a created being to be so praised. But God is pleased to receive our praise when it is given through Jesus – the incarnate Word of God; the God/Man. Amen.

Thank You Lord God for the beautiful letters of Your sacred word. Thank you for the selection, protection, and love You bestowed on Your prophets and apostles until they were able to transmit Your word to us. Each of them had faults, trials, temptations, and failings. But through their lives, we see a glimpse of our own great need for an even greater Savior… and You are the One we look to in the Person of Jesus Christ our Lord! Amen.

 

 

 

6 thoughts on “2 Peter 3:18

  • Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 at 7:35 am
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    amen a wonderful ending to a marvelous book thank you love and prayers

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  • Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 at 8:14 am
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    This epistle ends with a glorious hope for us all. How encouraging! I have read the book of Genesis hundreds of times yet I never saw that the 7th day had no evening. How wonderful that eternity will be one day, with no evening, no tomorrow, no night, only the light of the eternal God, our Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ. Who would not want this?

    Thank you Pastor Charlie.Things.over here are so horrible. As of yesterday we have had 107 murders with no arrests. The criminal elements have more sophisticated weapons than the police. A lot of people are living in fear now. So I really appreciate this verse today. ‘This world is not my home, I am just passing through.”

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    • Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 at 3:56 pm
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      It is terrible. I also just received an email from a friend. Her father (in Pakistan) was murdered by Muslims. I shall pray for them as well. They need Jesus. Maybe this will change hearts? God bless you.

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  • Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 at 8:36 am
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    Ruth, It comforts me to know that you are in Christ. You are in the eye of the hurricane, always able to maintain and grow in peace and the knowledge of the Lord Jesus. Otherwise, as your country and the devastation there are as bad as it is, which is out of your control, would be overwhelming to you. Instead you are kept in his love, as the apple of his eye. And the day of the Lord is fast approaching, and in that we all rejoice. Praise to our God!

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  • Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 at 10:09 am
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    How awesome these verse by verse teachings are! They bring us such a depth of understanding that transcends the normal reading of the Bible! It fills the nooks and crannies of our minds with with the knowledge of Jesus so that yes he is in everything we do, he is with us always! amen
    Ruth our prayers continue out to you and yours as you seem to be on the front lines of persecution and evil of this world. Stay strong Sis this is the year we go home. My eyes are open I see the signs all around us, I / we have been through enough end of the world false alarms to know we are seeing the real deal right now. The proof of this being the last moments before the rapture are undeniable to me. Each day I am more excited that today could be the day! A feeling that is quite different from all the other end of days false alarms. They only brought insecurity, dread, some fear, more questions and really no joy at all to the prospect of it coming to an end. Now I am at peace and in joyous anticipation of the rapture along with the feeling of a total disconnect from this world! There is nothing to hold me here! Yes it’s a totally different feeling and that is why I believe Along with several other reasons that this is the year Amen God Bless all our SW family , God Bless Charlie for his commitment to sharing Gods word with us pulling no punches and giving it to us with both barrels! I wouldn’t have any other way. Here is to that soon approaching day when we will raise a glass together at the wedding feast To honor our bridegroom and give thanks for opening our eyes.

    We are another day closer to home
    Grace, Mercy and peace on you and yours
    God Bless my friends we fly soon

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  • Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 at 3:56 pm
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    God bless each of you. Thank you for sharing this wonderful book with me.

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