Got Milk?--1 Peter 2:2
"like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,"--1 Peter 2:2. In 1 Peter 1, Peter describes the proving of our faith through the various trials that come our way. He goes on to describe how our faith is more precious than gold and while we have not physically seen Christ, we love Him. And since we love Him, we are called to be holy as He is holy since He is our Father. Peter concludes chapter 1 by saying the word of the Lord endures forever. Bringing us to chapter 2 where we are told to put aside malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander and LONG FOR THE PURE MILK OF THE WORD.
Got Milk? We have all seen the various commercials and advertisements bearing the phrase "Got Milk?" well here in 1 Peter 2:2, we are essentially asked the same question. The Greek word for milk, gala is only used 5 times in the NT, and this is the only instance in 1 Peter that it is used. Peter tells us that as newborn babies, we need to crave the Word. We need to long for, or as it is defined, deeply desire the pure milk of the word. In Hebrews 5, however, we are told that we need to move past the milk. That will be discussed later. While we can't live on milk forever, it is still crucial. Milk, no matter at what age is important in our diet but as we get older we need more than just milk.
Milk is always going to be an important element in our walk with God. The milk in a Christians walk can include basic things such as repentance, baptism and the gospel per 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. This milk is crucial to maintain a solid walk with God and must always be incorporated into our spiritual diet. Make sure you are solid in these and other basic areas before moving on to the other spiritual nutrients we need. Click highlighted links for more information on the subjects I mentioned. Until then, LONG FOR THE PURE MILK OF THE WORD. PRAY ABOUT IT! LOVE Y'ALL! GOD BLESS! GOT MILK?