"As newborn babes, desire earnestly the pure mental milk of the Word, that by it ye may grow up…" (1 Peter 2:2).
In one sense, as 1 Peter 2:1-6 teaches us by the Spirit of God through the apostle, the healthy position of the saint is ever that of the "new-born babe" while in another sense we, of course, should be making progress so as to become young men and fathers in Christ. As to the practical position of a soul in receiving truth from God, it is that of the new-born babe: "as new-born babes desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby." This is the place in which, as believers, we are set by the Spirit, in order that we may grow up into Christ. But if we are "to grow by the sincere milk of the word," we need the teaching of the Holy Spirit; it is only by the exercise of our minds upon the Word and the diligent study of it as He instructs us that the life of Christ may be formed in us, and in order to do that there must be the exercising of ourselves unto godliness, "thus laying aside all malice, and all guile, and all hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speaking," so that the Holy Spirit be not grieved. If the Christian allows envy, guile, hypocrisies, to work in his heart, there can be no growth in the true knowledge of the things of God; therefore he is called upon to be ever a "new-born babe," coming to receive, in the consciousness of his own weakness, littleness, and ignorance, and in simplicity of heart, food from the word of God.
I trust that you will enjoy the great articles in this issue during the summer months. It is our prayer that the Lord will use them to help you to grow and be established in Him. Thank you for your e-mails and notes of encouragement. We love hearing from all of you.
Please keep praying for the Lord’s blessing on Toward the Mark.
Emil S. Nashed
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