2 Peter 3:18 “But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ…” KJV
When you tell people they don’t need more of Jesus they tend to look at you sort of funny. What I mean when I say that is if you’ve got Jesus then you already have all of him you’re going to get. There is no more of him to give; he is an all or nothing kind of guy.
Now what we do need is a clearer, more enlightened, understanding of what it means to have all of Jesus. Someone will say, “That’s true but we still are told to grow in grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.” I would wholeheartedly agree but what is that verse saying? It’s telling us to grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. In other words it’s telling us to grow in our understanding of who he already is in us.
The Apostle Paul put it this way, as he prayed for the recipients of the Ephesians’ letter, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints…” You see we have all we need, but we simply either don’t know it or how to appropriate it.
Most think growth in the Christian life means reading your Bible, praying, church attendance, witnessing to people and a variety of other works based activities. While all of these things are good things what really causes growth is faith. Faith is the one thing that turned Jesus on more than anything else. Faith tells him we trust him, depend on him and love him. Faith is simply believing what God tells us is true of us in Christ.
Actually loving him is the real key to gaining understanding. Jesus told his disciples in John “he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” There it is. Jesus promises to reveal himself to those that love him. I once heard it put like this “Revelation is for lovers not students.” So if you really want to grow in your Christian life you only need to fall in love with Jesus Christ and put your faith in him. He promises to reveal himself to you, and I promise you will never be the same.
Written by Louie