“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen”
in the grace
There is a category where Peter is especially concerned that we grow–we need to grow in grace.
The word “in” indicates the sphere in which we are to grow. There are two spheres where the Holy Spirit wants us to grow: in grace and knowledge. First, God wants us to grow in grace. We owe all that we have to what Jesus did for us.
God wants us to grow in the entire sphere of understanding and applying the grace principle to our lives.
It is not easy to grow in grace because there is a natural tendency to do it independently. Grace means God does the doing. Works means we do the doing. We do not like to depend on God because we like the idea of being self-sufficient.
“So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified” (Acts 20:32).
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).