Feb 01 2006
Both Peter and Paul exhort us to ‘spend time in the word’ – in fact, if we don’t have a strong desire to do this, we may need to either question ‘why’ – or to begin disciplining ourselves in this. Here I’ll copy for you some key Scriptures, and also combine with mine, the commentary by a dear old saint I hold in respect for his scriptural insight and discernment learned because of his diligent and prayerful time in the Word.
1 Peter 2:2-3 like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.
An obligation flowing from our new birth is to have an insatiable craving for the pure spiritual milk of the word. There are things which ‘stunt’ spiritual growth; the good word of God nourishes it.
The phrase as newborn babes does not necessarily mean that Peter’s readers were new believers; they may have been saved for several years. But young or old in the faith, they should thirst for the word just as infants cry for milk. We get some idea of the thirst of a healthy baby by the impatient, aggressive, determined way they suck and swallow.
By the pure milk of the word, a believer grows up spiritually. The ultimate goal toward which all spiritual growth in this life is moving is conformity to the image of our Lord Jesus Christ.