Grow In Grace | The Institute for Creation Research
Grow In Grace

"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen" (II Peter 3:18).

These last words of the apostle Peter urge us to grow in each of two important phases of the Christian life--grace and knowledge. Such growth up into Him in all things (Ephesians 4:15) will indeed give glory to Him, now and forever.

When we first become Christians, we are newborn babes (Greek, brephos, I Peter 2:2). Our spiritual birth has been by the Word of God (1:23) on the basis of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (v.3).

As the Christian life began with the Word, it can only grow on the Word. "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby" (2:2). Here, "of the word," is the Greek, logikos, elsewhere used only in Romans 12:1 where it is translated "reasonable." It is the source of our English word "logical." New Christians must feed on unadulterated, logical truth if they are to grow, and this can be found only in the Holy Scriptures.

There is another word used for babes: (Greek, nepios, "without speech"). This word is used for toddlers, old enough to walk, but not yet able to speak plainly or to act unselfishly. It is used for "carnal" Christians. "I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat" (I Corinthians 3:1-2).

Carnality in Christians is arrested growth at the "babes-in-Christ" stage, and is clearly abnormal. Such stumbling, quarrelsome babes need to be fed with meat, as well as milk, if they are to grow: "For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe" (Hebrews 5:13). May the Lord enable us to grow in His grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! HMM

The Latest
NEWS
Biological and Engineered Systems Employ Same Principles
New findings continue to support ICR’s theoretical assumption that biological functions are best explained by engineering principles.1...

NEWS
Preserved Organics Found in Ancient Stromatolites
Evolutionary scientists are continually searching for evidence of the “first life” on Earth. Their most recent claim involves well-preserved...

NEWS
Denisovan Epigenetics Reveals Human Anatomy
A recent study making the news involves the reconstruction of the facial features and anatomy of the enigmatic humans known as the Denisovan from genetic...

NEWS
New Estimate: Universe Two Billion Years Younger
Big Bang scientists recently used a new method to estimate the universe’s age. This method yields an age estimate that could be over two billion...

NEWS
Pain-Sensing Organ Shows Engineering Principles
New human organs are rarely discovered, but that’s what several astute scientists recently accomplished at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet’s...