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May 31 – Let us be stable and studious 

“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. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” – 2 Peter 3:17-18 

Scripture reading: Isaiah 46:8-13

To become mature and stable believers we must “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” We began these devotionals by recognizing ‘the Importance of Correct Knowledge.’ And we said then that because Peter was soon to die, he wanted believers to have his letters, written down in black and white, that they could keep reading as an aid to faith and godly living.

Because there will always be false teachers, we need to go back, again and again, to the reliable and trustworthy Word of God. That is why we have repeatedly talked in these devotionals about the importance of preaching and Bible study, participating and reading Christian books.

But notice also that Peter speaks of knowing a person, the Lord Jesus Christ, and His grace. So, while knowledge must be about facts and doctrine, like the certainty of the return of Jesus, it must also be personal and emotional, and about relationship and obedience.

Do you have this type of knowledge? Are you growing in the knowledge of the grace of Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour? If you are, then you will burst out in praise, just like Peter did at the end of his letter: “To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity.” You will be so thankful for salvation and the prospect of eternal life with Him, that you will love to praise Him and love Him whom you praise!

Suggestions for prayer

Thank the Lord for 2 Peter. Pray that His Spirit would deepen your knowledge of salvation, such that you long for the return of Christ, and strive, daily, to grow in knowledge and to live for Him.

Rev. Andre Holtslag is a graduate of Mid-America Reformed Seminary in Dyer, Indiana (2007). At the present time he serves the Reformed Church of Avondale, which is in the city of Auckland, New Zealand, and is one of the Reformed Churches in New Zealand (RCNZ). Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. This devotional is made available by the Nearer To God Devotional team, who also make available in print, for purchase, at

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