“Therefore, putting aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.” 1 Peter 2:1-3
Someone commented to me that he sees many people coming to faith in the Messiah, but knowingly continuing to walk in the ways of the world. He asked me if, in my opinion, this is possible; how can a new creation in Messiah continue in the old ways of the flesh? I replied with a question of my own, “ Do you think a baby can be born and not be born at the same time?” In other words, one is either born of the Spirit (i.e., born again) or he is not. (John 3:1-15)
Before I continue, I want to make it clear that I firmly believe God is the only one who can judge a person’s salvation! He is the only one who truly knows our hearts, minds and souls and, therefore, I am very careful how I reply to such a question.
In my last blog entry, I wrote about the fact that the only way for salvation is by accepting the atonement God has provided through His Son. It is a free gift and there is nothing we can do to earn it; it is by grace and grace alone that one can be saved. (Eph 2:8-10)
We must accept, however, that those who accept salvation in Messiah Yeshua are called to do good works, which He prepared for us in advance. 1 Peter 2:1-3 refers to newborn babes, which means that at the moment of salvation you become a new creation; God replaces your heart of stone with a heart of flesh. He puts His teaching, His Word, in our hearts and we now live and breathe them.
Once we are saved – a truly new creation – the Holy Spirit lives, dwells, within us; we will no longer simply accept that which is unholy, but will struggle with it because it is against the holiness that now lives within.
However, we also need to remember that newborns can’t eat steaks when they are born; they need their mother’s milk, which is the best thing for them. A baby does not start to walk immediately, nor does he speak right away; all these things take time. Likewise, we need to understand that our new journey as followers of the Messiah is a spiritual journey where we start by craving the pure milk, and then we start to eat solids. We start by crawling, then standing, then taking the first step, the second and then, suddenly, we walk. In the process we fall down and will stumble, but then we get up and are walking again.
Growing in our walk with the Lord means that, because of His grace, we aspire to live according to His standard; we desire to live holy lives and get rid of all that which is not Holy. It is a process, a journey, and it requires much patience and relying on the Lord for the grace to do it every single day. If you have truly tasted the kindness of the Lord, your heart will desire holiness and those things that are pleasing to the Lord.
My prayer is that you will grow in the grace and peace of our Lord and Savior;
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