Like Newborn Babies

Text: 1 Peter 2:1-3

It is not typically a compliment to say someone is acting like a baby. Yet there is a sense in which Christians are to be “like newborn babies.” In this lesson, we are going to see what Peter meant by this illustration and how we can be like this.

Put Aside Sin

  • Whatever sin is under consideration, Christians are to put it away (1 John 2:1) – Peter mentioned certain sins in particular
  • Malice – “wickedness that is not ashamed to break the laws” (Thayer); conscience is seared (1 Timothy 4:2; Ephesians 4:19); we put aside malice by training our conscience by the word of God (Hebrews 5:14)
  • Deceit – not only means lying, but deceiving in order to take advantage of others (2 Corinthians 12:15-17); we put aside deceit by being honest in all that we say and do (2 Corinthians 8:20-21; Ephesians 4:25)
  • Hypocrisy – appearing to be one thing, but are inwardly another; “the acting of a stage-player” (Thayer); heart is corrupt, even though outward actions may appear good (Matthew 23:27-28); we put aside hypocrisy by making sure our heart is right before God (Romans 6:17)
  • Envy – more than just jealousy; ill-will or spite toward someone because of our jealousy; motivated the Jewish leaders to seek Jesus’ death (Matthew 27:18); we put aside envy by learning contentment in every circumstance (Philippians 4:11-13)
  • Slander – “defamation, evil-speaking” (Thayer); doing harm to others through our words (Colossians 3:8); we put aside slander by acting with love toward others (Colossians 4:6; 3:14)

Long for the Pure Milk of the Word

  • God’s word is pure (Psalm 12:16; Proverbs 30:5) – tested; proven to be perfect; this means it is fully sufficient for everything we need (2 Peter 1:3)
  • We must keep the word pure in our lives – do not mix in human opinions in our teaching (Matthew 15:8-9); do not follow after others who teach us a different doctrine (Galatians 1:6-7); do everything in the name of the Lord (Colossians 3:17) and observe all His commandments (Matthew 28:18-20)
  • Long for the word of God – earnest desire (Strong’s); necessary for “newborn babies” and all Christians; we must never lose our desire for the word of God (Psalm 119:114)

Grow in Respect to Salvation

  • As we spend time with it, we will grow in our knowledge of the word of God (Hebrews 5:13-14; 2 Timothy 2:15) – will allow us to draw strength from it in times of temptation (Matthew 4:4, 7, 10) and weakness (Psalm 119:23)
  • Peter said we will “grow in respect to salvation” (1 Peter 2:2) – to be saved, we must obey the gospel (Acts 2:41, 47) and then keep growing (Matthew 28:19-20)

Remember the Kindness of God

  • We were born again when we obeyed the truth (1 Peter 1:22-23)
  • Why did we do this? – we saw that the grace of God was offered to us and we took advantage of it (Acts 2:37-38, 41); we are saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8-9), and true grace is conditional (1 Peter 5:12; 1:22-23; 3:21)
  • Do not forget God’s kindness (Romans 8:31-32) – we will receive His kindness if we continue in it (Romans 11:22)

Conclusion

  • As Christians, we must be “like newborn babies” – innocent, longing for God’s word, growing
  • This is not just for the time of our spiritual infancy – even when mature, we must have these traits

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