Spiritual growth is an essential characteristic of the Christian life. The Bible describes the growth of a Christian’s faith by studying God’s Word and adding the godly traits such as virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love. Join Don Blackwell as he studies 2 Peter 1 and observes the essentiality, purpose and elements of Christian Growth
Christian Growth Matters
Christians may miss transforming into a “New Creature” by falling into the trap of “Worship Only”. However the Bible teaches us some additional as well as conditional things that need our attention.
In 1 Peter, the apostle encourages us in the following text to GROW :1
1 Peter 2:1-3 (NASB)
1 Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander,
2 like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,
3 if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.
The Foundation For Christian Growth Is Jesus Christ
1 Corinthians 3:11 (NASB77)
11 For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
The Apostle Peter warns the Christians of that day who were living in the cultural context of Gnosticism to beware of false teachers. 2 Peter1-ff, Peter gives the lifestyle that is required to escape the Gnostic life-style:
2 Peter 1:3-11 (NASB)
3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
5 Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge,
6 and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness,
7 and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.
8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.
10 Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;
11 for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.
The Apostle Paul wrote in Eph. 4:20-22
Ephesians 4:20-22 (NASB77)
20 But you did not learn Christ in this way,
21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus,
22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,
Christian Growth Is Conditional
Christian growth is not like the “instinct”of physical growth. As we get older or mature in age, a built in attribute allows to grow. Spiritual growth or Christian grow requires some “obedient faith” to the demands of the gospel of Christ. Its all about a learning process where the Lord Jesus Christ is the source of our truth and leaning taught to us by GRACE.
2 Peter 3:14-18 (NASB77)
14 Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless,
15 and regard the patience of our Lord to be salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you,
16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.
17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard lest, being carried away by the error of unprincipled men, you fall from your own steadfastness,
18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.