Online Bible Verses - Peter 2:2-3 Our Spiritual Milk: Scripture
“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”
Spiritual milk for the newborn. An entirely applicable analogy. We see in scripture, John 3:3, the term “born again”:
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. ”
I used to think that term was not applicable to “mainstream” Christianity. “Born again”, rather, referred to a relatively small community of “Jesus freaks”, who had taken things to the extreme. Like this guy Greg, who was friends with my sister and brother. His bone cancer went into remission, and he became one of those “born again” people; built an altar out in the woods, told all his friends they should repent and stay sexually pure….. etc. We loved him, got a huge kick out of him. In our hearts, knew there was something special too. Something real and genuine. Something that would take hold several years after he was gone, when I became born again too.
So the term, to many including I, is not only scriptural but entirely legitimate doctrinally speaking. If He inspired scripture, then God put it there for a reason. A new creation is just that, so an adult can actually be a spiritual baby. I was, in 1993, a spiritual baby. Not the most well versed by any means now, but more mature in my understanding of scripture. And, what then, is spiritual milk? I would think that term would apply to the basic and essential content of the Gospel. The most critical concepts, those which salvation hinge upon. Who is God and how do we come to know Him? This type of milk as opposed to solid food, such as discussion of pre/mid/post tribulational rapture and such.
The baby needs his milk to get started in a new life, during a period of relative fragility. In God’s eyes, we are all babies in a way I suppose, just like I still see my 14 year old. He’s just a baby.
We should always keep the basics in mind, as they form our foundation. Be careful to not lose sight of what is essential.