1 Peter 1 ended with the power of the gospel. Chapter 2 started with ‘therefore’ meaning that we have to go back to what was previously said. My paraphrase of verse 1: You have heard the gospel, believed it, and accepted Jesus as your Savior. Now you have His power within to cast off any temptations to return to your former sinful behavior.
1 Peter 2:1 in the Amplified says, “So be done with every trace of wickedness (depravity, malignity) and all deceit and insincerity (pretense, hypocrisy) and grudges (envy, jealousy) and slander and evil speaking of every kind.” Ephesians 4:22 says, “That you put off, concerning your former conduct…” 1 Peter 1:14 says, “As obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts…”
As we come to verse 2 in 1 Peter 2, I want to link something. The Amplified says, “Like newborn babies you should crave (thirst for, earnestly desire) the pure (unadulterated) spiritual milk, that by it you may be nurtured and grow unto (completed) salvation.” Linking verse 2 to verse 1, there is a clear distinction. Returning to our former way will block any craving after we have tasted His goodness through salvation.
Tasting His goodness is only the beginning. Think of food. There are folks who eat their food quickly. They eat because they are hungry, but they don’t take the time to savor it. Others will take a bite, and enjoy it. What is the difference? Value. If you truly understood that your food is your medicine, you would joyfully receive it. You would chew it carefully so that it would mix with your digestive enzymes.would joyfully receive it. You would chew it carefully so that it would mix with your digestive enzymes.
Let’s take this into the spiritual realm. Do you read your Bible because you know that it is a good discipline? On the other hand, do you read it because you know it is for your spiritual health? Psalm 19:7-11 is a great description of God’s RX for health through His word. Verse 7 says that it is His perfect tool to convert our soul. It is sure and makes the simple wise. Verse 8 says that it rejoices our heart, it is pure and enlightens our eyes. Verse 10 says, “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.”
Jeremiah 31:14 says, “I will satiate the soul of the priests with abundance, and My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the Lord.” We eat a meal until we are satiated or full and satisfied. Yet are we satiated if we just taste His word? Taking a nibble here and there will not help us grow in our walk with the Lord. No. We must taste, then savor it to digest it so we can absorb it.
As we read (taste) God’s word for understanding, the Holy Spirit will highlight what He wants us to (savor) concentrate on. We bring it into our mind and (digest) meditate on it. We (absorb) apply it to our walk. It then builds us up and makes us strong in the Lord. We are able to resist the (infections) temptations, because His word is active truth (good bacteria in our (heart) gut that keeps us healthy).