2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
When we get saved we come to know Jesus as Savior, but God saves us to a life of growing with Him. He shows us the exceeding riches of His grace. We are told to grow in grace. That means increasing your knowledge of the Word of His grace Acts 20:32. You do not know all this at the time you get saved. You have a minimum amount of knowledge of grace, but after you are saved you need a maximum amount of knowledge (2 Peter 3:18). After you get saved, the greatest hazard a Christian can face is not growing in grace, not knowing grace, and not knowing Jesus more than just to get you to heaven and miss hell. The Bible gives some hazards of not knowing grace. Not knowing grace causes us to:
- FRUSTRATE THE GRACE OF GOD.
Galatians 2:21, “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”
The word frustrate means disannul, put as of no value, shun, thwart, nullify, reject, make void. Frustration is when we cannot seem to attain what God wants, cannot seem to measure up, cannot seem to accomplish what He wills. We can frustrate grace by a works of the law approach to God. Our faith is always a response to His finished work. We initiate nothing but only respond to what He already initiated. We do not get saved by grace to then live by our own strength and power. It is just as impossible to live the Christian life without grace as it is to be saved without grace. We don’t do things to get God to move; we respond to His move already accomplished by His grace.
- RESPOND WRONG TO THE CORRECTION OF THE LORD
Hebrews 12:11-15 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. 12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; 13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. 14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.”
The word fail means to come behind, fall short, or fall behind. Grace does not fail us, but we fail it. Correction is a part of grace helping us to get back on course. It is not punishment, rejection, or loss but rather it is done for our profit.
- BE HINDERED IN RUNNING OUR RACE.
Galatians 5:4, “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.”
Fallen from grace means to fall away from grace or to fall out of grace. The race set before us can only be run by grace through faith. We don’t get saved by grace through faith to go back to living under the law for our spirituality. Grace doesn’t end at salvation it only begins. We are to live by grace through faith our entire life after salvation or receiving Jesus as Lord.
- HAVE ANXIETY INSTEAD OF REST.
Hebrews 4:1-2, “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
Faith in the promise brings rest or a relaxed attitude of trust. The promise was by grace and faith in His grace is the only way to find spiritual rest. Where faith begins, anxiety ends. It is possible as a Christian to come short of or fall short of faith in His promise. Faith isn’t about trying hard; it is about trusting. Faith is trust.
- LIVE AN UNRESTRAINED LASCIVIOUS LIFE.
Jude 4, “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Titus 2:11-12, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;”
Grace not only supplies power to save but also to sanctify. The grace at salvation took us out of sin but the grace in sanctification takes sin out of us. Grace isn’t freedom to do as we want but to do as we ought to do but couldn’t do on our own. Grace brings enabling power to live holy and righteous not freedom to sin and live unrestrained lives.
- RESPOND WRONG TO ADVERSITY.
2 Corinthians 12:9, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Some do not realize that grace is made for the hard places in life. We might misread the silence of God when we go through things if we do not realize the sufficiency we already possess by His grace. God has given us grace, enough of what’s needed to do all that is required and access to more grace through the word of His grace (Acts 20:32) to help us live the Christian life.