Let’s look at four of these as outlined in the Scripture:
Pure And Unadulterated
“As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word that you may grow thereby” (1 Pet 2:2).
The Holy Spirit is showing us some precious truths in this verse. To see this verse more clearly, we must first look at its setting in the surrounding verses.
The Holy Spirit, through Peter, is reminding the new believers that they have been purchased with the priceless blood of Christ, and therefore should live a holy lifestyle (1:13-21). Then Peter rejoices with them over the fact that they have been living such a lifestyle -purifying themselves since the “seed” of God’s Word, activated by the Holy Spirit, has birthed them into the kingdom of God (1:22-23). He goes on to remind them that God’s Word is eternal, unlike human flesh that is so temporary. And this eternal Word is the word they have received (1:24-25).
Then the Holy Spirit starts the next chapter with an important word, “Therefore”. Whenever you see that word in the Bible, pay close attention because the Holy Spirit is linking together some important truths. In this passage (1 Peter 2:1) it means: “Therefore [since all that was in the previous verses – that we have received new life – is true] now lay aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy and all evil speaking . . .” This verse command s us to strip off all the old way of life. This is not an option, but rather a divine expectation upon us. Thank God He gives us His Word and His Spirit to help us!
In the middle of this exhortation we are told to desire the pure milk of the Word as newborn babes. What is the Holy Spirit trying to help us understand here? Simply this: that there are two kinds of “milk” with which we can be fed, and they come from two radically different sources: the world and the Word. The world’s “milk” is characterized in 2:1 as “malicious, deceitful, hypocritical, filled with envy and evil speech.” The milk of God’s Word is “pure”. The Greek word used for “pure” means “unadulterated.” This tells us that God’s Word is guileless, it has no hidden motives or false promises, like so many human teachings or ideas. Its only purpose is nourishing the soul
Appetite For The Word
Two very important principles emerge from a careful study of 1 Peter 2:2.
First, we are exhorted to earnestly long for God’s Word.
In the physical realm, if we are hungry we can eat food that is good for us or food that is bad for us. If we eat good food we are nourished and strengthened. If we eat bad food with no nutritional value, not only do we not receive health from it, but we also lose our desire for good food because we are feeling full.
In the spiritual realm, it is also true that sin in the life destroys the appetite for the Word of God. If we are full of the world’s “milk”, it will severely reduce our desire for the “pure milk” of the Word. The Christian who tries to find satisfaction in the “husks” of the world has no appetite left for the things of God. A spiritually healthy Christian is a spiritually hungry Christian. God will always respond to spiritual hunger in the human heart (Matt 5:6). And He wants us to be filled and have a healthy hunger for only His Word. This is true whether you are a “newborn babe” in Christ or you are a “grandfather” in the things of God! Second, a daily feasting in the Word of God is an absolutely essential part of growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. The final phrase of 2:2 is “that you may grow thereby.” The Greek words used in this phrase are very expressive and actually say, “resulting in your making progress in your salvation”. Peter is addressing those who are new Christians, and helping them understand that the Word of God is spiritual food. He is also showing us that grow this an expected and desirable part of normal Christian experience.