2 Peter 3:18 – NAS – 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.

Grow – auxano – to cause to grow, to increase, to become greater

Grace – Charis – Divine influence upon the heart and reflection in the life including gratitude.

Our lives are not to be stagnant after we accept Christ as our Savior. We are commanded to GROW in grace. This shoots down anyone who says that we do not have to change anything in our lives after we become Christians. If we are “complete” when we come to Christ, why would we have to increase in divine influence upon our hearts? And why would we need to have this reflect in our life – showing that we are growing?

We are to be like Paul and “Die Daily”. Paul in 1st Corinthians 15, goes through a long dissertation on the resurrection of the dead. At the end of this, he makes the following statement:

1 Corinthians 15:34 – Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

Here again, Paul makes another statement saying, that awakening to righteousness means to sin not. And if we are sinning we do not have the knowledge of God.

Do not make the mistake of believing that we can just go along through life and never think about living correctly.

Hebrews 12:14 – KJV – Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

Holiness means sanctification of life. This verse says that without that, we will not see the Lord. Let us live a life worthy of our calling.

2 Peter 3:10 – KJV – But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

2 Peter 3:11 – KJV – Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, WHAT MANNER OF PERSONS OUGHT YE TO BE IN ALL HOLY CONVERSATION AND GODLINESS,

2 Peter 3:15 – KJV – And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

2 Peter 3:16 – KJV – As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, WHICH THEY THAT ARE UNLEARNED AND UNSTABLE WREST, AS THEY DO ALSO THE OTHER SCRIPTURES, UNTO THEIR OWN DESTRUCTION.

2 Peter 3:17 – KJV – Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.


This is where a lot of people get tripped up. They want to take Paul’s scriptures on grace to try to make them mean that you can live any old way and get to heaven. Even the Apostle Peter said that some of Paul’s scriptures are hard to understand.

Then he says something very interesting. He says that unlearned and unstable people twist these Scriptures to their own destruction. I believe that is what is happening with the “finished work of Christ” message. They are twisting scriptures saying that we do not have to even think about what we are doing, because we are not to have a sin consciousness.

Do not be deceived by these teachings. Do not let anyone deceive you – stay stedfast!


2 Timothy 2:19 – NAS – Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.”

You would never buy a house if you found, upon inspection, that the foundation was damaged. This is common sense. However, we have many in Christianity who are trying to sell a gospel with a cracked foundation. They are trying to sell to a compromising church the idea that we, as Christians, can live any way we want to. There are no boundaries, because Christ said, “it is finished” on the cross. They say that we are not to worry about any of our behavior because we are not “to feel guilty” about anything.

The Greek word for foundation themlios means exactly the way it is translated. The first principles, the beginning, etc. and the greek word sphragis (seal) means that by which anything is authenticated. The word aphistemi, abstain, is an action word which means to withdraw oneself from, to stand aloof.

So, Paul here is saying that the very first principles that we are to learn as a Christian and causes the building to stand sure are these: We can feel secure in our salvation because the Lord knows which people are his. And we can feel secure in our salvation because every one who names the name of the Lord abstains from wickedness.

Now what you have to ask yourself: Am I abstaining from wickedness? I even had one of the people who are trying to sell the other gospel ask me, “Which sins are we talking about?” I was taken aback by this because this person was setting themselves up as a teacher and did not even know the sins that are listed in the New Testament. It is a further concern seeing that this verse says that this IS THE BEGINNING of what we should know. He went on to say that we can not get to heaven by works of righteousness.

I have seen that this group is getting “works of righteousness” confused with “abstaining from wickedness.” If you will look at the verses which talk about not of works, (Eph. 2) you will find circumcision mentioned in the chapter. So, of course we can not do works of righteousness to get to heaven. (I.e. circumcision, walking up steps on our knees, giving to the poor, etc.) but none of these things classify as sin. This is a separate group of actions where you are trying to earn your way.

This is not the same as abstaining from wickedness BECAUSE you are saved. We must be sure to abstain from wickedness because we have been delivered. If you are not abstaining from what the Bible defines as wickedness, then you should check your salvation. Jesus came to save us from our sins, not in our sins.