How does one grow up as a Christian? St. Peter answers that question in:
1 Peter 2:2 (ESV) 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—
There are two interesting but related points. Let’s first start with what spiritual milk means. Most English versions translate using the word spiritual. But the Greek actually has a different meaning. The Greek word is related to the word that gets translated as “Word” as in:
John 1:14 (ESV) 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
In John 1:14 “the Word” referrers to Jesus. So, you could translate the text into English “long for the pure milk of the word [of God]”
This idea of St. Peter is not new. St. Peter himself said:
John 6:68 (ESV) 68 Simon Peter answered [Jesus], “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,
Yes, the Word of God brings us to salvation, the second point. As newborn infants our growth is dependent upon the pure Word of God which brings us to eternal salvation. So, when St. Peter’s words gets translated as into salvation, we realize that we have salvation now, because Christ completed it when He died on the cross. But our confidence in that salvation continues to grow as we attached ourselves to God’s Word, which causes the growth. The result of being attached to Christ Jesus through His Word is eternal salvation.
Until we are with Christ in heaven above, we need to continue to attach ourselves to God’s Holy Word. This isn’t just for the Sunday School students nor Jr. High Confirmation students, but for all who desire to be with Christ for eternity, for then we will be grown up into eternal salvation.
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