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"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Pet. 3: 18). Peter summarizes and concludes his letters with this stirring challenge. Its importance is heightened due to the imperative (command) mood of the verb grow. The apostle understood the great necessity for his readers to grow more fully into Christ. The Gospels and the Book of Acts capture in vivid detail Peter's spiritual journey in this very process. However, Peter is not introducing a new concept, but is reflecting what he had heard from Jesus' lips. Returning from the wilderness, Jesus began his public ministry with the declaration: "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news" (Mark 1: 15). Passing along the Sea of Galilee, he met Simon and Andrew and graciously said, "Follow me and I will make you fish for people" (Mark 1: 17): Immediately they left their nets and followed him. Their sudden response captures the compelling nature of Jesus' invitation and message. Jesus extends the same invitation today in calling us to follow him.
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