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Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.

Proverbs 3:7

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“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it."

Matthew 7:13-14


Spiritual Nourishment

J.A. Matteson

…like newborn babes long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation. 1 Peter 2:2

It is unimaginable that a newborn infant should lack a natural hunger for physical nourishment from his mother’s breast. The instance where this would be so is when a child is stillborn and without life. The Apostle’s comment is instructive and reflective. It is instructive: those born of the Spirit are alerted to the importance of regularly ingesting spiritual food found in the Word of God so that they might grow in sanctification, living a holy life pleasing to God, “Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You” (Ps. 119:11).

It is reflective: revealing that an innate hunger for spiritual truth exists in those who have ex-perienced regeneration. A new born infant requires no external stimulus or command to seek his mother’s milk; biological life instinctively seeks after that which sustains life. Similarly those born of the Spirit instinctively seek out the spiritual nourishment found in the Word of God, “My soul languishes for Your salvation; I wait for Your word” (Ps. 119:81).

Beloved, if you find yourself in a fellow-ship where there is a famine in the clear expositional teaching of the Word of God, where the truth has been compromised to conform to political correctness, where inspired Scripture has been replaced by fallible and uninspired paraphrases concocted by men, where Christian edification has been supplanted by worldly entertainment, where the clear directives of the Word of God are subject to endless debate and speculation as to their contemporary authority and sufficiency, then by all means and with all the haste you can muster, flee, run for your life!

Prior to regeneration fallen sinners posses no hunger for the Word of God; indeed, most either are indifferent to it or exhibit hostility towards it. To the unregenerate the Word of God is static and un-intelligible. To the regenerate it is the living Word of Truth and Life, refreshing the soul and directing ones path. While the unregenerate chafe at the commands of the Word the re-generate life longs to meditate upon them, obey, and in so doing please his Lord, [Elijah’s Prayer] “At the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet came near and said, ‘O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, today let it be known that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and I have done all these things at Your word” (1 Kgs. 18:36).

To the unregenerate the Word of God is subjective truth authored by men of old and viewed as merely one source of wisdom literature from which a man may choose. To the regenerate soul it is the objective truth of the one and only true God to which all other worldly systems of so called “truth” must submit. In that the unregenerate are often indifferent or hostile to the Word of God, not so with the regenerate as zeal characterizes his allegiance to, and defense of, the Word, “My zeal has consumed me, because my adversaries have forgotten Your words” (Ps. 119:139).

And that the saints are sons of God who seek peace with all men they will no do so at the expense of forsaking the Word of God and the truth it contains, “Peace if possible, truth at all costs” (Martin Luther). That an instinctive hunger for the Word of God is normative for the regenerate life—as evidenced in Scripture and in the lives of saints throughout Church history—its absence is, therefore, reason for spiritual concern for any man professing the Lord Jesus Christ, “I look on the faithless with loathing, for they do not obey your word” (Ps. 119:158).

The regenerate soul affirms the Word of God as truth and craves for its im-partation within, growing from grace to grace, “Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the Book widens and deepens with our years” (Charles H. Spurgeon). If you possess and abiding hunger for the Word of the Lord you are blessed for His seed abides within you. If you are indifferent to the Word of God you are either backslidden or unregenerate. In either case seek the Lord at once while He may be found, taste and see that the Word of the Lord is good.

Copyright 2009 Immutable Word Ministry (“…the Word of our God stands forever. Isa 40:8)
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3 comments to Spiritual Nourishment

  • How true are these words!

    Possibly one of the greatest things to bring me confirmation that I am actually in Christ, is the hunger for His Word that He has placed within me. I have to say that it has not always been so all the years I professed Christ as Saviour. But when I used to blow hot and cold in my spiritual life, this has changed dramatically so ever since having an earnest desire to seek Him in His Word.

    I always used to look of the unseen, mysterious “thing” that would once again set my spirit on fire for Him. But the truth is, I’ve found the only place this is available is in His Word, and as I seek Him there, the Holy Spirit quite literally sets my heart ablaze!

  • Andy

    Thanks Tim for this post. Please thank J.M. as well.

    This is an area in which I too have struggled at various times for various reasons, sometimes being hungry and sometimes not. I am now at a place where every day that passes I realise how much more I need God’s Word and the truths in it and that if I am to grow spiritually, then I must feed on it daily.

    Great quote from Spurgeon “Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the Book widens and deepens with our years” (Charles H. Spurgeon). How true, even when you think you know a passage inside out the Holy Spirit can always reveal something new in it to you.

    God bless,


  • IWantthetruth


    You are welcome.

    I am sure many go through this from time to time. I especially found myself moving away from the word as I was getting into the “experiential”. After realizing that I was in the wrong direction, thanks to the Lord revealing the error I was in, I find that I have become hungry for the word.

    I find it interesting that on the forum, our discussion on one of the threads has taken the direction of using Titus for the scriptural references in our discussion. That is the book we have been studying at a church I have been going to for the past 3 weeks. Here I am reading and trying to learn more of what God wants me to understand and I get the opportunity to actually discuss a topic using the very scripture I have been studying. AMAZING!

    Love the quote from Spureon you gave above. How true.


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