. . . maketh increase of the body unto the edify- ing of itself in love."-' What are the ])rinei])les of church growth? \\'hat are the true and divinely given conditions for her expanding life? Some say one thing, some another; l)ut let us search the word of God for those conditions, and then see to it that we establish them about our church that it may increase " with the increase of God." I. The first })rincii)le is the indwelling of God ill the church by His Spirit, and the realization of that fad hij its members. " In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit."' True Christian conduct must flow out of this indwelling of God. There is a conduct becoming in a certain presence; a gentleman before a lady ; a scholar l)efore his teacher; so our conduct should be as becomes God's presence, indeed, expressive of that pres- ence, and indicative ever that through His Spirit the church is CJod's dwelling-place. When re- alized, this presence becomes power. As the vitality of the life principle within the plant is the power liy which it continues to unfold into more and more perfect forms, so this indwelling is the vital power liv which the church, despite adverse conditions, grows continuously into a holy tem])le in the Lord ; or to change the form of 1 Verse 1.".. ¦-' Verse 16. •' Chap. 2 ; 2'4. 5 66 STUDIES IJSr EFHESIAXS. speech, is the energy by which the bride of Christ clothes herself in heavenly beauty, so that it may truly be said, " As a lily among the thorns is my love among the daughters." '