From Pastor’s Desk:
…like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord. 1 Peter 2:2-3 NASB
A new-born baby lets you know when it needs to be fed. In fact, it will let you know UNTIL it is fed. There is certain nutrition in milk that lends to the growth of the baby.
“Pure” in the NASB is “sincere” in the KJV, which, in the original, Peter uses ἄδολος adolos (ad’-ol-os), or, undeceitful, that is, (figuratively) unadulterated.
According to Matthew Poole this verse is not to be confused with Hebrews 5:14 and 1 Corinthians 3:1, where the emphasis is on adults acting like babies. Rather, this verse speaks to those who are new in Christ. Poole says, “Pursuant to his discourse, 1 Peter 1:23, where he speaks of their new birth, he here calls them new-born babes; but that not in opposition to those that are adult, or of fall age, as Heb 5:14; 1 Corinthians 3:1, but in opposition to their former corrupt and unregenerate state, in which they were destitute of all spiritual life; and so this agrees, not only to young converts, but generally to all regenerate persons.”
There is no nutrition as essential to the growth of a new-born baby as that which is in milk.
There is no nutrition as essential to the growth of a born-again Christian as that which is in the word of God.