Of, Not About

Stan Mast

READ : 2 Peter 1:1-2

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of . . . Jesus our Lord. (v. 2 NIV)

We can’t grow in the grace of Christ unless we grow in our knowledge of Christ. Note that Peter commands us to grow in our knowledge of Christ, not about Christ. It’s important to learn more about Jesus, but Peter calls us to go beyond the facts to the person himself.

Consider this prayer by Arthur Burns, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank. Though he was Jewish, he attended a Bible study in the White House. One day he surprised his group with this prayer: “O God, may the day come when all Jews will come to know Jesus.” But they were even more surprised when he prayed, “O God, may the day come when all Christians will come to know Jesus.” May we grow in our knowledge of Jesus in the same way we grow in our knowledge of a friend or spouse.

The more we know him, the more blessed life will become. That’s what Peter means in the blessing of verse 2. Grace and peace are the two things we need most in life—the assurance that we are loved completely and that everything will be OK. Of course, God has already given us grace and peace as a gift through Christ. But here Peter says that grace and peace can be multiplied; that’s the meaning of “be yours in abundance.” Our enjoyment of grace and peace will be multiplied through a growing knowledge of Christ.

PRAYER

O God, help us to know Christ more and more. Amen.