If you read the Our Daily Bread devotinal booklet produced by RBC Ministries then you know that a few weeks ago 1 Peter 1:22- 2:33 was given.
“22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, 24 because ‘All flesh is as grass, and the glory of men as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, 25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.’ Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you. 1 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, 2 as new born babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”
1 Peter chapter 2 verse 2 reminded me of a section in the book He Satisfies My Soul.
New Christians need the pure milk of God’s Word so that they may grow. At some point, if we have not had the pure milk we will need it.
The book goes into detail about a mother, the milk she provides, and her baby. From this chapter I’ve learned that there is nothing like mothers milk. The mother [almost involuntarily] gives of herself to provide her baby with the perfect milk and “The mother wants to give, the baby wants to receive.” P.93 He Satisfies My Soul. (Just as how God gave of himself, now we need to receive. Most if us are freely willing to do so.)
Back to the scripture: 1 Peter 2:1 tells us that before desiring the pure milk of the Word we also need to put away our do away with malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy and all evil speaking.
There comes a time when just like babies, we need to move up to solid food. But spiritually speaking we must not forget what we’ve learned while consuming the pure milk of God’s Word – we still need that. Now we need solid food.
If we remain in milk, we won’t grow.
“For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews 5:12-14 KJV
Scrpture memorization is key in knowing God’s Word. But it is not just to memorize and recite it, God’s Word must be in our hearts-we must believe and speak it over our lives [and the lives of others]. The Word must be engrafted in our hearts. So that not only do we know it, but it is also in us.
Here is a benefit, a promise even:
Jesus said, if My words abide in you and you abide in Me, ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you. John 15:7