“As newborn babes, desire the sincere Milk of the Word, that ye may grow thereby.” 1 Peter 2:2
“For every one that useth Milk is unskilful in the Word of righteousness: for he is a babe." Hebrews 5:13
By Milk here, we must understand the doctrine of the Gospel, which is easily taught unto the capacities of such as are children in understanding.
|Milk is good to nourish the body; and physicians tell us, where it is well digested, it maketh good blood.||The Word of God is good food for the soul: “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4.|
|Milk is proper food for children and newborn babes; it nourisheth them exceedingly; they grow and thrive thereby, though they have nothing else to feed upon.||The Word of God is proper food for those that are born again by the Spirit, or are truly regenerated. Such, like newborn babes, grow and thrive by feeding spiritually upon the Word, precepts, and promises of God; and many have lived upon it, and have been satisfied thereby, when they have had nothing else to feed upon.|
|Newborn babes greatly desire and long after the Milk of the breast.||So, upright and faithful Christians greatly thirst after and desire the Word of God: “As newborn babes, desire the sincere Milk of the Word, 1 Peter 2:2.|
|Milk is a restorative, excellent good in consumptions, or for them that be lean.||The spiritual Milk of the Word is an excellent restorative for a consumptive, wasted, and decayed Christian: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength,” Isaiah 40:31.|
|Milk was one of those choice blessings that Canaan did abound with; it is called “a land flowing with Milk and honey;” as much as to say, it is a land of rare and choice good things.||The holy Word of God is one of the choicest blessings God hath bestowed upon his church and people. Those that would see the excellency of the Word and Gospel of Christ, may read the Metaphor Light.|
You may know by this, whether you are born again or no. Do you cry for, and greatly desire the pure Word of God, the sincere Milk of the Word, without human mixtures and ceremonies? The Word of God feeds best, when it is without any composition of human invention.
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