GROWTH I GRACE.BY CHARLES H. SPURGEO"Bnt grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and SaviorJesus Christ" — 2 Peteb, iii. 18.If you will remark, this passage follows immediately the seven-teenth verse, where the Apostle says, " Beloved, seeing ye knowthese things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with theerror of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness ; but growin grace." He puts the one after the other, as if the one mustbe the means of the other. There had been some in the Apostle'sdays who had wrested certain hard expressions in the Epistles of the Apostle Paul, and had wrested them to their own destruc-tion ; and, therefore, the Apostle warns Christian men — ^he warnsthe beloved sons and daughters of God — to take heed, lest they" be led away by the error of the wicked," and so " fall from "their " steadfastness." An4 in order that they may know how tostand, and to be preserved from falling, he gives them this direc-tion : " Grow in grace ;" for the way to stand is to grow ; theway to be steadfast is to go forward. There is no standing exceptby progression. If you see a simple thing rolling along yourfloor at home, it will always stand upright as long as it rolls ;but when it stops, down it goes. So with the Christian, Asong as he is in motion, so long he stands ; but if it were pos-ible for the heavenly motion to cease, then the Christian wouldfall from his steadfastness. Glory be to God ; he will be kept,and shall be presented faultless before the throne of God. Theway to stand, then, is to go forward ; the way to be steadfast is toprogress ; the way still to be alive, according to the Apostle, isto ^^ grow in grace, and iu the knowledge of our Lord and SaviourJeaus CbrisU"820 OROWTH I QBACS.We will offer, first of all, two or three remarks upon growthin " grace " in general ; and, secondly, a few remarks upon growthin grace being intimately connected with the growth "in theknowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."I. First, then, we shall offer some remarks upon growth " ingrace" in general. What shall we say about it ?