2 Peter 3:18, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.”
The grace of God is the heart of the Gospel and what makes Christianity different from man-made religions. God intended our life to be the total reign of His grace. (Romans 5:17) Getting saved is only an introduction to the grace of God where we are given a standing in grace and access to the throne of grace (Romans 5:2).
In salvation, a MINIMAL AMOUNT of knowledge of grace is needed. About all that is essential is a presentation of the basics of the Gospel, such as all men have sinned and need a savior. Jesus died to pay the penalty. Receive Him and be saved. After salvation, in your growth, a MAXIMUM AMOUNT of knowledge of grace is needed in every area of life. That is why we are told in 2 Peter 3:18, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.”
One of greatest hazards a Christian can face in his growth is not knowing grace. It will affect all that we are and all that we do, in a positive way if we understand it or in a negative way if we do not understand it. If we do not understand grace, it gives place to:
Frustration, instead of fruitfulness.
Condemnation, instead of confidence.
The curse, instead of the blessing.
Anxiety, instead of rest and peace.
Bondage, instead of liberty.
Being judgmental, instead of being compassionate.
If any of these things are dominating our life it should be a signal and indicator that we need to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified Acts 20:32.”