Pristine Grace

Growing in Grace
by Todd Nibert

     Peter says "grow in grace." I realize if I have eternal life I will grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour. What does growth in grace actually mean? 

     Growth in grace is always connected to a growth in the knowledge of the Christ. Growth in grace has something to do with growth in my knowledge of the doctrine of grace. Paul described a growth in Ephesians 4:14 as being "no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace." Growth in grace has something to do with a growth in seeing my need of God's grace. After having walked with Christ for what seems to me a long time, I am now more aware of my own need of free and sovereign grace than I ever have been before. Growth in grace has something to do with one growing in graciousness. Wherever there is life, there is growth. If someone has professed to know Christ and has continued in that profession without growth, it is without doubt a false profession. For one to say they believe in grace and yet act just like a big baby is a contradiction. God's grace makes a man or woman truly gracious. If there is no growth in grace, there is no grace.

     Remember, growth comes from eating. A poor diet results in stunted growth. It is a steady diet of feeding on Christ and Him crucified that causes growth. Oh, for grace to grow in grace!