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1 Peter 2:2-3
2 As [hos] newborn [artigennetos] babes [brephos], desire [epipotheo] the sincere [adolos] milk [gala] of the word [logikos], that
[hina] ye may grow [auxano] thereby [en][autos]:
3 If so be [ei per] ye have tasted [geuomai] that [hoti] the Lord [kurios] is gracious [chrestos]. KJV-Interlinear
2 like newborn babes, long for
the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, 3 if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.
Now here, Peter is not
calling believers, newborns, but is referring to the attitude that newborn
babies have when they taste their first milk, and crave for more.
Certainly when a person
initially believes in Christ, they are newborn with respect to their spiritual
life.They may in fact be eight years
old, or fifteen, or fifty, or ninety years old.Regardless of your physical age when you first believe in Christ, you
will be a newborn believer at that moment.
And as a newborn Christian,
you will need to grow up in order to mature, just as people grow up physically
and mentally, in this world.
But the difference
between a newborn believer, and a newborn infant, is that the believer is old
enough to understand the issues of salvation, whereas the infant knows
virtually nothing.And yet the infant
knows milk, hunger, and what he wants relatively quickly in his (or her) very young
The infant does not
have to understand any of it, he is merely driven toward what he needs and
The believer, who hears
the gospel, and the doctrines of spiritual growth, should behave like the
newborn infant, in that he should (one would think) crave after the knowledge
and opportunities that the spiritual life offers.
Once the infant tastes
the milk, he craves it.Once the
believer hears doctrine, does he crave it?
Have you ever heard of
an infant who rejected his milk?Well,
there are always exceptions because of medical problems, but I would bet that
999 out of a thousand infants will crave the milk, or baby foods, or whatever.
But, when it comes to
believers, the numbers seem to reverse.Some go hot for doctrine, but then cool to indifference.Some do not even show much of an
interest.And out of the same 999,
perhaps only the one will crave doctrine, while the others will be defiant,
fickle, or disinterested in various degrees.
Baby s milk offers the
foundation of a sound diet and the opportunity of much better foods in later
life.Likewise, Bible doctrine in the beginning
lays the foundation of a phenomenal life.
Once saved, you are
only at the beginning of your spiritual life.The greater portion of your spiritual life comes with spiritual maturity.Therefore, long for the spiritual foods offered
by God, so that you will be in a position to have and possess a complete
life, in the best sense of the word.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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