In the Multitude of Counselors There is Safety 12. Fifth, from verses 17 and 18, therefore, guard yourself from error and destruction by growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus. Their knowledge of God begins to wane, because they’re suddenly too busy to go to Church or study God’s Word. But the apostles of Jesus are united: Christ is coming, and the time while he delays is for our salvation. "The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to perceive the words of understanding, to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion" (Proverbs 1:1-4 Proverbs 1:1-4  The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; ." "My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God" (Proverbs 2:1-5 Proverbs 2:1-5  My son, if you will receive my words, and hide my commandments with you; I know that 98% of you have televisions, and in 1971 the average adult in America watched 23 hours a week. Grace is what we crave when we are guilt-laden. You cannot know God outside His Word, so don't permit your knowledge of His Word to stagnate in your life. Other useful fields of human knowledge may be built upon that sure and sound foundation. Do you not know that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?" The world is filled with false values, so there is an obvious need to recapture biblical values. How to Grow in Knowledge of God’s Word Read the Bible. Their knowledge of God begins to wane, because theyre suddenly too busy to go to Church or study Gods Word. . The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Acts 20: 32 says, “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. ", Second, notice that this is also what Paul taught and that Peter puts Paul's letters in the same category as inspired Old Testament Scripture. And so the book ends—and with these words we take our leave: "To him be glory both now and to the day of eternity. So by calling in Paul's support, Peter shows that there is agreement among the apostles. I want you to see that again now and how it sums up the main point of the letter. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Amen." Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow | Learn more... With a UCG.org account you will be able to save items to read and study later!  So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; A major aspect of the fear of God is to trust and place your confidence in Him. Reliable knowledge of these true values comes from only one source—God's Word, the Holy Bible. The history of the world between the first and second coming of Christ is, above all, an age of salvation. And so the book ends—and with these words we take our leave: "To him be glory both now and to the day of eternity. The knowledge of God's promises is the pathway of his power (1:3, 4). All deceptive knowledge—knowledge not built upon God's Word—will ultimately fail and disappear.  To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; "My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God" (Proverbs 2:1 … And in 2 Corinthians 6:2 Paul said, "Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.". You are to grow in Knowledge, this requires a close intimate relationship with God . And so we describe periods of history as Dark Ages, Renaissance, Enlightenment, the Industrial Age, etc. Test the Word. When we are increasing in the knowledge of God, we are being strengthened with might. The message of 2 Peter is that the joy of hope is the power of godliness. Who are you that you should be afraid of a man who will die, and of the son of a man who will be made like grass? The final section of 2 Peter to look at is 3:15–18. How do the doctrines of grace affect us personally and publicly. As Dr. Bible Study Course Lesson 2: The Word of God: The Foundation of Knowledge. When Peter lumps Paul's letters together with "the other scriptures" (in verse 16), we gain an insight which is of terrific importance. Grace is our only ray of hope when the future darkens over with storm clouds of fear. Why? And how shall we receive this grace? And you forget the LORD your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth" (Isaiah 51:12-13 Isaiah 51:12-13  I, even I, am he that comforts you: who are you, that you should be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; He made us and our environment. It is the "untaught" and the "unstable" who are prone to twist Scripture and be destroyed. And therefore it should be expected that preaching will sometimes be the most demanding thing you hear all week. You become more acquainted with God and your new life in Christ. One thing marks this time as utterly unique, and it is more important than the renaissance of classical learning, the emergence of science, the rise of industry: namely, it is the time of salvation. Fullness of joy means arriving at his presence. Point 1: Being inspired, the Scriptures reveal the mind of God. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. We would escape from the corruption that is in the world, and become partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). King David wrote that "all Your commandments are righteousness" (Psalms 119:172 Psalms 119:172My tongue shall speak of your word: for all your commandments are righteousness.American King James Version×). The best fertilizer for our hope and godliness is the knowledge of our future in God's grace. First, from verse 15, we should regard the time in which we live as a time of salvation. ", Grow in Grace and in the Knowledge of Our Lord, John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. But there is one group of people in the world, the Church of Jesus Christ, who should always key off of God, and as they look at the world, see things the way he does. Third, from verse 16, the inspiration of Paul's letters, nevertheless, does not mean they are all easy to understand. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures." In a special episode, Pastor John explains the theory’s goals, assumptions, and root problem. American King James Version×). Application: You may say I am not growing in my relationship with Christ. Point 3: Therefore, the Scriptures will sometimes be strange and complex and hard to understand. He's not in your feelings... Watch and be blessed.  Yes, if you cry after knowledge, and lift up your voice for understanding; United Church of God is a 501(c)3 organization. While he forbears, the way is still open. . For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures; Point 2: The mind of God is vastly greater than our mind and will often be perceived by us as strange and complex, not familiar and simple. We should fear the consequences of ignoring His teachings, instructions and commandments revealed through His Word. And in general, in trying to understand history, we key off of man—how man has progressed, what man has achieved determines the meaning of history. Our opening verse says, That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1:10). Everything else is designed to that end. First, then, verse 15: "Count the forbearance of our Lord as salvation."