beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware
lest ye also,
being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own
steadfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord
and Saviour Jesus Christ—2. Pet. 3:17,18.
We grow in knowledge as
we take note of the promises of God, and by faith apply them to
ourselves, and seek to discern in our lives the fulfilment of those
promises; we grow in grace simultaneously, for unless each item of
knowledge be received into a good and honest heart, and bring forth
its measure of obedience and righteousness (grace), we shall not be
prepared for the next step of knowledge, and would thus be stopped,
or possibly turned back. And as a loss of knowledge would mean a
measurable loss of grace, so also a loss of grace would mean a
corresponding loss of knowledge—going into darkness, the promises of
the Lord’s Word becoming more and more dim and obscured, in
proportion as our goodness or grace would be lost in worldliness or
passages: Prov. 4:14; Mark 13:23; 2 Pet. 1:10-12; 2:18; 1.Cor.
15:58; Gal. 5:1; Eph. 4:14,15; 1.Tim.4:1,2; 1.Pet. 2:2; 1.John 2:18-21,26.