“So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good” (I Peter 2:1-3).
Peter may be using this simile, comparing the Scriptures to milk, in order to illustrate that his readers were to hunger for the basic truths of Scripture. Truths which are easily understood. This would be in contrast to the more difficult truths found in the Bible, which the Apostle Paul described as “solid food’ (I Corinthians 3:2). Truths which you have to chew on, so to speak.
The apostle describes the Scriptures as pure (ἄδολος; adolos) genuine and real, and also spiritual (λογικός; logikos) meaning rational and true. The purpose for our desire for God’s Word, which is pure and spiritual, is that the Word would cause us to grow up (αὐξάνω; auxano) in our salvation in Christ.
The foundation to any spiritual growth is a preceding new birth. Spiritual growth cannot occur unless a person has been spiritually re-born (John 3:1-3). Peter uses the word tasted (γεύομαι; geuomai) to figuratively refer to an experience or personal birth or conversion from God by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone.
However, God does not save us so that we simply remain spiritual babies. As a newborn infant begins the growth process physically, so too are believers in Christ to begin the long, slow process of growing spiritually. As Peter will remind us later on in this epistle, sometimes believers experience growing pains. These so-called “growth pains” are all part of the process of maturing.
How is your spiritual growth coming along? Ask someone you trust whether they see any spiritual maturity in you, and if so, what it may be. Ask God today to help you grow in whatever area of your life where such maturity is needed.
Have a blessed day, beloved.
Soli deo Gloria!