Updated: Jan 1, 2021
1 Peter 2:1 So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech.2 Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment,3 now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.
Spiritual nourishment is something we lack at times. The fresh filling of the Holy Spirit into a tired and weary soul is a welcomed thing. The Holy Spirit will give us the nourishment to handle the stresses of life and walk in faith and freedom. I know this is true, but in reality, at times the stress and struggles of living in a dark and uncertain world can really make our lives less than what we want them to be. Without this nourishment the full experience of salvation may not be felt or realized and that is a shame. As we close another year keep mind tomorrow will still just be tomorrow. May we not wasted time living for Christ today in the fullness of who He is and what He wants to show us about His truth through His Word.
What is the full experience of salvation? Look at the following verses and see if you can come up with the answer yourself.
Ephesians 3:19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Colossians 2:9 For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.
Fullness (def) - the state of being filled to capacity. Keep in mind that God wants us to be filled to capacity and Paul wrote this great truth to the church at Ephesus in Ephesians 3:14-19. 14 When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. So the strength we need to live this life of being filled to capacity is something God gives us through the Holy Spirit in our life. Verse 17 says our roots will grow down into God's love and keep us strong.
But what is our part? We need to have that longing to get to know God at that level of intimacy. Which means we cannot live our faith through someone else. We have to develop our own personal relationship with Jesus and let Him repair and renew our spirit on a daily basis. God's love will be felt, not just read about, and a deepening relationship with Christ will change our perspective at every turn. Just being a robot Christian that experiences Christ only through Christian habits will be replaced with a desire to deepen the personal side of our relationship with Christ. When this happens the religious practices of so many believers will not be enough for you anymore and the spiritual sky will open up before you. I am not just writing this because it is some kind of spiritual oneupmanship because that would be wrong. But I also do not want to minimize what God's Word says about how much we should be longing for the pure milk of the Word. Because that milk does a spiritual body good! Paul in writing to the church at Corinth was writing to a people who we probably resemble quite a bit. Corinth was one of the most evil cities of its day and Paul knew they needed this deeper walk with God to handle all the weirdness around them. So in 1 Corinthians 13:11-12 Paul says a mouthful and I will just let these words close out today's blog because I can't say it any better than he does. 11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
The Pilgrimage continues.....