A Psalm for the New Year
"But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now for ever. Amen. 2nd Peter 3:18
Suggested Further Reading: Philippians 3:8-16
My beloved brethren in the Lord Jesus, we must see to it that we ripen in the knowledge of him. O that this year we may know more of him in his divine nature, and in his human relationship to us; in his finished work, in his death, in his resurrection, in his present glorious intercession, and in his future royal advent. To know more of Christ in his work is, I think, a blessed means of enabling us to work more for Christ. We must study to know more of Christ also in his character--in that divine compound of every perfection, faith, zeal, deference to his Father's will, courage, meekness, and love. Let us thirst to know him of whom even his enemies said, 'Never man spake like him.' Above all, let us long to know Christ in his person. This year endeavor to make a better acquaintance with the crucified one. Study his hands and his feet; abide hard by the cross, and let the sponge, the vinegar and the nails, be subjects of your devout attention. This year seek to penetrate into his very heart, and to search those deep far-reaching caverns of his unknown love, that love which can never find a rival, and can never know a parallel. If you can add to this a knowledge of his sufferings, you will do well. O if you can grow in the knowledge of fellowship--if you shall this year drink of his cup, and be baptised with his baptism--if you shall this year abide in him and he in you--blessed shall you be.
It is essential that the believer grows in faith. To grow in faith means that one must grow in knowledge. As Thomas Watson said, "There is no going to heaven blindfold."