As new-born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word,
that ye may grow thereby.—1 Pet. ii : 2.
When a soul confesses Christ he is but a babe; he
must develop into manhood through a gradual pro¬
cess. He needs to go from weakness to strength.
Strength comes by exercise. If we would grow
strong in muscular strength we must exercise our
muscles, if in mental strength we must exercise our
mind, and if in spiritual strength we must exercise
the Spirit. The text, I think, is very fitting to the
occasion; in the past three weeks we have received
into the Church one hundred souls.
The apostle in the preceding chapter speaks of the
spiritual birth. Ye have been "born again not of
corruptible seed but incorruptible, by the word of
God, which liveth and abideth forever; " and in the
text compares such to new-born infants, and says,
as they require and desire the aliments which nature
has provided for their growth and development, so
they should desire earnestly that heavenly nourish-