As ‘born again’ believers we are called to Christlikeness (2 Corinthians 3:18) and daily need to pursue spiritual growth so that we mature in the faith. The Apostle Peter also shared this concern for the maturity of believers, and in his writing he exhorted them to “…grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). Peter desired that the exiled and alienated recipients of his letters would be a holy and pure people in the face of adversity they were experiencing. This passage serves as an encouragement and challenge for us as believers, that likewise we would spiritually mature for our own good, the good of others and for the glory of God.
Every born-again believer can become spiritually mature by understanding how and why they should grow up for Jesus from 1 Peter 2:1-12.
- How to grow up (vv. 1-3) – “You are what you eat”
- Why grow up (vv. 4-8) – “You are who you are”
- Grow up for what (vv. 9-12) – “You are whose you are”