BIG IDEA: the necessary, purity-accompanied desiring of the Word's pure, rational sustenance results in growth of Jesus-living stone-tasters.

While trusting the Father through the Son and by the Spirit, God's people are to take responsibility for their own spiritual growth. Here in 2:1-5, Peter instructs his readers to desire the Word with the same need and passion as newborns have in their desire for milk (2:2a).

Still, there is a prerequisite to this desiring: the purity expressed in love (1:22-25; 2:1). Assuming they have tasted God's grace (2:3), Peter says that the purpose of this desire is not an individualistic endeavor, for God's people are living stones, being built into a temple in which they serve as priests, offering sacrifices to God. Spiritual growth and desire for God's Word are corporate endeavors.


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