|1 Peter 2:1-3 |
1 Therefore laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisies, envy, and all evil speaking,
2 Yearn like newborn babies for pure, spiritual milk so that you may grow up to salvation,1 [From the Word of the Lord within: "Salvation occurs when you are one with Christ and God. Listen to and obey my voice; listen to my sweet words of wisdom. If you pay attention and obey, it results in union with God. He joins with our cleansed nature. We must become like Him to merge with Him."]
3 If indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
1 Yearn like newborn babies for pure, spiritual milk so that you may grow up to salvation, The words "to salvation" was omitted in the Byzantine text, while the words are found in the earlier manuscripts that are considered the best witnesses. Unfortunately the King James and New King James are based on the Byzantine text, but almost all of the other Bibles include " to salvation," click to see. Also see the NetBible footnote 5 of this verse for corroboration, which says: "since the notion of growing up [in]to salvation would have seemed theologically objectionable, it is easy to see why some scribes would omit it." This appears to be a deliberate distortion of Peter's letter to support the erroneous doctrine of saving grace and salvation by "believing in Jesus," and the license for immorality by grace that Jude spoke of already occurring in the time of the Apostles.
Plus, milk alone will not produce salvation or maturity, as Paul emphatically states:
For everyone who lives only on milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness; for he is a babe. Heb 5:13.
However brothers, I could not speak to you as spiritual men, but as to men of the carnal nature, even as to infants in Christ.
I have fed you with milk, and not with meat; for previously you were not able to receive it, neither are you now able.
For you are still carnal [captives of the sinful nature]. Because there is envy, and strife, and divisions among you; are you not carnal, and do you not walk as men? 1 Cor 3:1-3
Meat would be the mysteries of God and wisdom: We speak wisdom in those who are perfect. 1 Cor 2:6
Don't read this one scripture and think that carnal, sinful men can be born in Christ, for John clearly tells us: Whoever is born of God does not commit sin, for his seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God; and We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but God protects the one he has fathered, and the wicked one does not touch him. 1 John 3:9, 1 John 5:18.
Don't read this one scripture and assume that carnal men can be "in Christ," rather read this as carnal men that are infants in the things of Christ. John explains who is in Christ: whoever keeps his word [obeys the Lord's commands spoken to him], truly the love of God is perfected in him; by this we know that we are in him. 1 John 2:5. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and his love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:12. Notice, this is to be "in Christ" — to have the love of God perfected in you.
To be those who are in Christ is also explained by Paul: Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Cor 5:17; and those those who who are in Christ Jesus, walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Rom 8:1. This is not to imagine yourself a new creature; this is to experience the death of the old and the birth of the new; old things having passed away definitely includes your sinful nature having been mortified by the Spirit. The voice of the Lord, explained the new life: "The new life is as radically different as a man who has lived underground his whole life, suddenly coming above ground to see the sun, the sky, the plants, the animals, the wind, the stars."
From the Word of the Lord within: "The errors in understanding the Bible come from men saying: 'look at this Bible verse.'" You must consider the whole of scripture's verses and not just focus on a few.
And there are at least twelve other scriptures which show that salvation occurs after a process of growth:
- now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. Rom 13:11
- continue to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Phil 2:12
- For we are saved by hope; but hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he has already seen? But if we hope for that we do not yet see, then we wait for it [salvation] with patient endurance. Rom 8:24-25
- But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation. 1 Thes 5:8
- For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Cor 1:18. (While in the inward cross of self-denial, you will see the sin slowly disappear from your life until you are free of sin.)
- godly sorrow produces repentance that leads to salvation, 2 Cor 7:10
- do not grieve the holy Spirit of God, by whom you are sealed unto the day of redemption [future happening]. Eph 4:30
(Paul is speaking to believers in the church who have not yet been redeemed.)
- For we are the sweet aroma of Christ unto God, to those who are being saved. 2 Cor 2:15
- For you need patience, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise. Heb 10:36
(The will of God is to totally obey Christ, who will deliver you from sin to righteousness, purity, holiness, and the kingdom.)
- We are made partakers of Christ, if we hold firm the beginning of our confidence to the end. Heb 3:14
- We desire that every one of you show the same diligence in realizing the full assurance of hope to the end.
So that you are not slothful, but followers of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Heb 6:11-12
- Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
In that greatly rejoice though it is necessary to suffer a few griefs through various trials,
so that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes,
though it is tried with fire, might result in praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.
Though you have not seen him, you love him; though you do not see him now,
but believe in him, you rejoice with joy that is unspeakable and full of glory,
Receiving the end of your faith — the salvation of your souls. 1 Pet 1:5-9