Desiring the Word
(1 Peter 2:1-3)
I want to share an outline of a sermon I preached a few years ago. I believe with all the extra time we have at home in isolation, we should use it to grow closer to our heavenly father. We do so by spending time with Him in prayer and also by hearing what He has to say to us in His Word. I want to talk about desiring the Word of God. 1 Peter 2:1-3 speaks specifically to that.
Do we desire to read God’s Word? Do we desire to hear from God? Or are we only interested in hearing from God when we really need something?
A love for and delight in God’s Word has always been a mark of the truly saved
In a day and age where people deal with so many doubts this is one way to know. Do you truly want to know what God’s word has to say?
John 8:31-32 Jesus says “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free”
We want to look at five truths this scripture has to offer, the first one is to simply:
1. Remember God’s saving power
This word therefore is referring back to chapter 1:23-25 where Peter tells shares the great truth that “because you have been born again, -- not of perishable seed but of imperishable – through the living and enduring word of God. For all flesh is like grass, and all its glory like a flower of the grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord endures forever”. Peter reminds us to remember that saving power of God’s Word as the basis for our ongoing commitment to Scripture. Remember to hold on to the hope of your salvation.
The next thing Peter tells us is to:
2. Get rid of your sins
Putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, (2:1b)
Malice- Desiring to harm someone; sin referring to general wickedness.
All Deceit- Dishonesty, falsehood, tricking someone; translated Greek literally means “bait” or “fishhook”
Hypocrisy- Saying one thing and doing another; not genuine or consistent with what one believes or says he believes; (has the meaning of an actor wearing a mask)
Envy- resenting others’ prosperity, desiring to have something someone else has (quality or possessions); this leads to jealousy, grudges, bitterness, hatred, and conflict.
Peter is mentioning just a few but making the point that these all represent evil and calls the readers here to confess and repent. Put it aside. Reject it. Like taking old dirty clothes off. You can’t be holding on to sin and desire God’s word. Sin will drive you in the opposite direction. If a real transformation has occurred we will want to put aside anything that would hinder us from fully desiring God’s word.
3. We have a NEED
Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, (2:2a)
We need God’s Truth like a baby needs milk. Babies cry for milk because they need it. When he tells us to Long for- Peter is commanding believers to strongly desire or crave the Bible. An example of this would be the strong desire a husband or wife has for their spouse, the strong physical craving that accompanies extreme hunger, or the intense desire a Christian parent has for a child that’s lost. Then we have Pure milk of the word- which means unadulterated or uncontaminated. Nothing needs to be added to the Bible. Peter is focused on a foundational need. Believers need a deep continuous longing for the Word of truth! If we don’t have a longing for the Bible, we will not pursue anything else in the Christian walk.
4. Spiritual Growth
So that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, (2:2b)
How do you grow physically? You eat or take in food that nourishes your body. How do you grow spiritually? By taking in the truth and the Holy Spirit grows you. We should never be satisfied with where we are in our spiritual walk. We should always be longing for more. We should always be motivated to grow more and seek to know God more. Nothing but God and His Word can satisfy us
5. Remember our Blessings
If you have tasted the kindness of the Lord (2:3)
You have seen firsthand how good and gracious and kind the Lord is. Psalms 34:8 says “O taste and see that the Lord is good”. If you are a believer you cannot deny how good the Lord has been to you. He saved you and if he did nothing else that alone would be more than we could ever ask for. We should count our blessings. Remember how many times God has answered our prayers. All the times he has touched our lives with his kindness and mercy.
And because of this we ought to LONG for the word…and put away our sins
I want you to look below at the symptoms of anorexia and the symptoms of someone who is experiencing spiritual malnutrition and I hope this makes sense to you.
Occasional Binges- followed by vomiting or an enema to get all the food you just ate out
Hyperactivity or Excessive exercise- to prove you are competent and healthy
Depression- inability to deal with issues in life
Social Isolation- Fear of getting too close to people. Scared that they may find out your condition
Occasional overdoses of exposure to the Word of God- truth is generally eliminated w/o any application or nourishment… doesn’t have any effect on your life…goes in one ear and out the other
Hyperactivity- Church activity or staying busy replace true spiritual growth
Spiritual Depression- Because there is no victory over sin…keep struggling with the same things
Spiritual Isolation- Don’t want to have any fellowship w/ intimate true believers because fear of being exposed. Afraid people will find out you are just putting on an act.
Both of these can be diagnosed the same way… by EATING…. We are to DESIRE THE WORD AND FEED ON IT!