17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. 18 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.
Yesterday we saw Peter’s warning to be aware of false teachers who will bring in destructive heresies. So what is the antidote for defeating the cancer of false teaching that can infiltrate into our lives? The answer is growing in grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. If you imagine the Christian life like a tree that must be rooted and grounded so it can withstand the winds and the storms. When we do not have are roots deep in the grace and knowledge of Christ we will be easily blown over by the winds of false teaching. But, if we have roots that go deep we will be able to stand firm and confident and will not be blown over by false teaching. John Piper defines grace in this way: “It is the wealth of God’s kindness; the riches of his mercy; the soothing ointment of his forgiveness; the free and undeserved, but lavishly offered hope of eternal life. Grace is what we crave when we are guilt-laden. Grace is what we must have when we come to die. Grace is our only ray of hope when the future darkens over with storm clouds of fear.” This grace and the one who gives it to us is our hope both in this life and in the life to come.