1 Peter 2:1-3
Through faith in Christ, we are brought into union with Christ and into this wonderful experience called ‘salvation.’ 1 Peter tells us that salvation is something we possess in Christ; we anticipate more fully in Christ, and we ‘grow up into’ in Christ. This is how he says it in 1 Peter 2:2: “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—.“
Growing up into salvation is like walking through the caverns of Jeita Grotto. Once inside, you move from wonder to wonder, from awe to awe, from beauty to beauty. Growing up into salvation is a journey of moving through the unfathomable depths and breadths of God’s love and grace, from wonder to wonder, from awe to awe, and from beauty to beauty. The caverns come to an end but the wonders of salvation are infinite because they reside in an infinite God.
The coming ages of eternity will never exhaust the satisfaction that comes from understanding the riches of His grace and His kindness which He has showed us in Jesus Christ.
This is why we are to long for the living and abiding Word of God through which God has chosen to reveal Himself, His purposes, and His unfathomable grace (Ephesians 2:7).
Those who have tasted the Lord’s goodness long for this pure milk that both nurtures the new life in Christ and enables a growing understanding and appreciation of the grandeur of what God has accomplished and will accomplish through the work of Christ (1 Peter 2:3).
Such ‘growing up into salvation’ requires a humble and repentant heart that looks to the gospel to be rid of those sinful hindrances that create the kind of spiritual illness in which the longing for spiritual nourishment is diminished (1 Peter 2:1)