Disentanglement – 1 Peter 1:22-2:3

Even so, until the Lord comes again in final Judgment, the entanglements of anti-love are a threat, as we continue to sin. While ingesting these poisons may not kill us in this life (unless it does–Acts 5 and 1 Cor. 11), they can certainly make us sick and ineffective, hindering our walk with Christ. Thankfully, by the Lord’s grace, we are not left gasping in pain on the side of the road.

1 Peter 2:3 tells us, “if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.” If you are born again, because you are born again, you have already and certainly tasted the Lord’s goodness. You have heard and believed the gospel of Jesus Christ and have been blessed with all its benefits. Having experienced God’s grace in Christ, we are now in a position to cast off the entanglements anti-love.

How do we do this? What defense do we have, and how might the poison be purged, so we might live a righteous life in the Lord? Peter answers this saying in v. 2:

Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation

As born-again believers, our needs are like that of newborn infants. We need nourishment to grow up and thrive. How does that happen? Like newborn infants crave their mother’s milk, we long for the pure spiritual milk, which is the living and abiding Word of God in which we were conceived. Drinking that pure spiritual milk keeps the poison from sinking in and destroying us. The Lord, through his Word and Spirit purges it, making us healthy and whole—enabling us to love our neighbor. Disentangled from the elements of anti-love, nourished on God’s Word, we then grow in the grace, knowledge, and love of the Lord—growing into our salvation.

My friends, consider whether you crave the Word of God. Be honest with yourself. If you don’t, is it because you are ingesting something else?

Without the firm foundation that comes from constant study of the Word of God, how can you cast off the entanglements to your walk with Christ? How can you be transformed by the Word and learn self-discipline from the Word? How can you defend against the poison of anti-love? How can you discern what is right and wrong, what is the will of God, so that you might love with agape love?

In a sermon here a couple of weeks ago, I emphasized the problem that most people read the Bible sporadically. So, here we are once again, and, if that described you then, does it still describe you now? If so, why are you hurting yourself? When you don’t have the milk of God’s Word constantly in your system, you become vulnerable to malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander. Why do that to yourself and others? Such is the antipode of love.

Drink the Word of the Lord. Long for it, crave it like a newborn craves mother’s milk. Then you will be able to defend against and expel the poison. Then you will be able to grow up into your salvation, better loving your brother and sister in Christ. True Christians must grow in the Word.

You’ve heard the slogan “Got Milk?” How about “Got Word?”

“Milk from Moo to You.” How about “The Word from God to You.”

“Milk matters.” How about “The Word matters.”

My friends, love one another and grow in his Word. Because true Christians are born again, we must cast off the entanglements of anti-love.

 


[1] Mark Jaquith, “In Case of Poison Ingestion: Drink Milk?”, last modified October 25, 2005, https://txfx.net/2005/10/20/in-case-of-poison-ingestion-drink-milk/.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Daniel M. Doriani, 1 Peter, Reformed Expository Commentary (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2014), 60.

[4] Ibid.

[5] Ibid., 61.