The knowledge of Christ is attained by the study of the Holy Scriptures.3. While he is explaining I can discern more clearly than I did before what made the picture famous in the eyes of others, but yet at the close I had to exclaim, "Well, my friend, I have no doubt I would speak as you have done if I had your eyes, but I confess I don't see what makes you so enthusiastic. You can read the introduction in 1 and 2 Peter to discover who Peter is writing to. No doubt the progress of the Christian life consists mainly in reception, but reception is not passive. (Verses 42, 43.). The mind seems able only to grasp one truth — and it is a grand one — "Jesus so loved me that He gladly endured the shame and agony of the Cross in order to save me." It may be blind in the first stages of its existence, but it soon attains, at least, to partial vision — vision which will grow from more to more if rightly used. )On growth in the knowledge of ChristJohn Jardine.I. WHAT IS MEANT BY THEIR GROWING IN GRACE.1. In this work the imagination will be the architect, reason will be the master-builder, and the materials will come largely from experience. A SENSE OF INSUFFICIENCY IS AN INDISPENSABLE PREREQUISITE TO GROWTH IN GRACE.II. M. McCulloch, D. D.I. Here is a Divinely inspired and quickened life; how is it spent? By the influence of the Holy Spirit alone. If so, you have a God, and you have reason for endless congratulation and joy. Some men interpret God through beauty. He does not disbelieve in righteousness, nor in conscience, nor in law, nor in government; but he is relatively insensitive to these as he is sensitive to those other elements. It is necessary that the Saviour should be first revealed to the sinner in the first act of salvation, but once this is accomplished the Teacher sent from God leads the soul up from himself, so to speak, to a knowledge of the Holy Ghost and God the Father. It is enlarging itself by experience; it is enriching itself by the position and circumstances in which we are placed, so that no man can compass in words what he believes of God. He sees those, and feels those, and he is astonished if anybody can resist the evidence which is so irresistible to him. It has, at any rate, lost the alloy of impulse and selfishness, so apt to spoil the most precious ore of the heart.2. 2. You that are "the children of light and of the day" have much of night and darkness in you. But it takes the concurrent report of these four men to represent that vast work of architecture. They’re forgetting about that thing God did. Or examine him in his spiritual connections. Conversation among private Christians is one of the means of growth in knowledge, in holiness, and in usefulness. God is the author, upholder, and finisher of good in us. If you planted apple trees in your orchard in the hope of feasting your eyes in a while with their wealth of blossom and heaping your baskets with the sweet-smelling fruit, would you hang weights on the branches to see how much they would bear and still grow? I recognise that God has given me powers and virtues as well as the opportunity to exercise them, and that, therefore, He means me to use them for some purpose. NATHANAEL VINCENT, A. M. And in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.—2 Peter 3:18. If a tree grows in the root, it is a true growth; if you grow in the root grace of humility, it is as needful for you as any other growth. Nature has a certain model or type to which the growth of the seed must conform. The soul does not long remain under the genuine influence of Christ when it learns that to live like Him is better than simply to love Him, however ardently. (1 Cor. It is necessary that the Saviour should be first revealed to the sinner in the first act of salvation, but once this is accomplished the Teacher sent from God leads the soul up from himself, so to speak, to a knowledge of the Holy Ghost and God the Father. Look unto Jesus Himself (Colossians 2:3).6. growth. Watson.). Cry for more knowledge, and eye the promise of the Spirit of wisdom and revelation. In such declarations the reference is evidently to spiritual progress. We have an infinite treasure, and our growing wealth consists in our pressing further into its rooms filled with bullion, and taking more and more of Him into ourselves. This righteousness is said to be imputed; and imputed by the Lord himself, and that without works; and this doctrine was preached in the Old Testament by David, as well as in the New by the apostle Paul. Associate yourselves with those who have a great measure of the knowledge of Christ.10. There is not a tree, there is not a spire of grass, there is not even a daisy-head that you passed this summer in the fields, that was not created and put in growth and bloom for you. Turning now to moral qualities we are not infrequently surprised by the strength and the beauty of character which some of our fellow-creatures display. I recognise that God has given me powers and virtues as well as the opportunity to exercise them, and that, therefore, He means me to use them for some purpose. The mind seems able only to grasp one truth — and it is a grand one — "Jesus so loved me that He gladly endured the shame and agony of the Cross in order to save me." Therefore to be ignorant of Him is the more without apology.6. (Rom. To bring the Divine nature home to all the phases of character which surround us, to all the conditions of life, and to the subjugation of the strong attributes of the mind; to find men just where they are in all their infinite variations of condition; to find that which arrests their attention; to find that which shall inspire in them some moral reaction; to find that which shall feed them — this is one of the most potential of all influences for developing in you the growth of the Divine idea. The Christian should be ambitious to increase in the number of his graces. He does not turn to the jubilant side of God. Heedfully attend to the word of the truth of the gospel. THE apostle, when he wrote this epistle, looked upon himself as a dying man (the ministers of the gospel would preach with more life, if death were but more within their view). The reason Jesus Christ has not returned yet is not because the date hasn’t arrived but it’s because God is merciful and waiting for the last person to believe. And what are the figures which he prefers? out. THE IMPORTANCE OF THEIR GROWING IN BOTH THESE RESPECTS.1. The saving knowledge of Christ is effectually obtained by the teaching of the Holy Spirit.4. It differs, therefore, in children, according to the instruction which they receive. TO SPECIFY SOME OF THE EVIDENCES THAT THE DISCIPLES OF CHRIST ARE GROWING IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIM.1. It cannot but disappoint and grieve him to see them stunted and standing still (John 15:1, 8). (Heb. I am your brother, though I may not gain the same conception of God that you do. That part of this man's mind which craves these things being most sensitive, he takes just that class of materials. What need have we to grow in grace? A. It is the direct tendency of intelligence and knowledge to produce morality. Truth Taught– In the same way we saw how the Old Testament believers lived by faith waiting on the coming of Christ and the New Covenant, we should live by faith while we wait on the Lords second coming. Their minds become less affected with the sense of the preciousness of Jesus. But to live this life, what is it? )Growth in the knowledge of ChristW. GROWTH DEMANDS EXERCISE. 5. That part of this man's mind which craves these things being most sensitive, he takes just that class of materials. These helps are manifold and very near. And this variety, renewing multiplicity and intensity of conception, is of more benefit to man than are selectness and definiteness of statement.