“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen“
To Him be the glory
Jesus deserves glory because He did the doing. We should glorify Him now in time and in eternity for doing what He has done.
Note other doxologies that glorify Christ (2 Timothy 4:18; Revelation 1:6; 5:13; 7:10).
both now and forever.
It is possible to glorify the Lord in time and in eternity. If we get a good start glorifying Him now, we will establish a pattern for eternity.
“Amen” means I believe it. Peter lets us know where he stands personally on glorifying Jesus Christ in time and eternity.
Principle: The ultimate purpose of our lives is to glorify God in time and eternity.
Application: We glorify God because of who He is and what He does. We glorify Him because He made every provision we need for time and eternity.
We glorify the Lord because He loves us whether we fail or succeed in the Christian life. What we do does not determine God’s love for us. When we attempt to transfer to God human love patterns, we distort who He truly is. God’s love for us is constantly at a maximum place. His love never changes, although we may fail Him miserably.