1 Peter 2:1 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, 2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow up to salvation, 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
“may grow up to salvation” – the last part of this sentence “eis sotirian” is absent in the Byzantine text (which by the way is lacking in many ways and seems to have been subject to editing in order to fit the prevailing theology of that time).
This paragraph is from ‘New English Translation’ NET NOTES:
-> The Byzantine text lacks εἰς σωτηρίαν (eiς swtεrian, “to salvation”), while the words are found in the earliest and best witnesses (Ì72 א A B C K P Ψ 33 81 630 1241 1505 1739 al latt sy co). Not only is the longer reading superior externally, but since the notion of growing up [in]to salvation would have seemed theologically objectionable, it is easy to see why some scribes would omit it.
Key Question about ‘Salvation‘
If through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus we were already saved from the grip of Death, and if we have already been saved from the dominion of Darkness and have become the holy possession of the Lord, have become children of God, sealed with the Holy Spirit until the Day of Redemption, seated in heavenly places with Jesus…
-> How and why would we need to “grow up to salvation“?
Because this is not an article on the doctrine of salvation, I will only provide a small glimpse into the subject, acknowledging the fact that theologians have been struggling and debating over this issue for centuries! It is not an easy theology to resolve with a few words or to fully grasp with our limited mindset.
My position is that the Bible provides plenty of evidence that:
– we were saved by faith in God’s grace
– we are being saved by how we live out our salvation
– we shall be saved if we remain faithful to the end and not draw back
In fact this article on spiritual growth to maturity, is closely associated with the doctrine of salvation, in the sense that it stands on the following principles:
-> we were saved from the grip of Death when we were born-from-above in Christ
-> we are called to survive in this New Life that God gave us by grace, which depends on how we continue to feed the spiritual baby that was born in us
-> after we have become alive in Christ the enemy is making every effort possible to starve us, even to the point of (spiritual) death so that we do not complete our journey on earth for which we were born in Christ and became children of God
-> if the enemy succeeds in the effort to either kill us (ref. Sin leads to Death), or, to cause us to give up, or, to cause us to miss the mark (Sin), then we shall not complete the journey for which we were saved. The end of that journey, which is the final destination, is that we may eventually be saved from the wrath of God (Romans 2:5, Ephesians 5:6, Revelation 14:10, 19; 15:1, 7; 16:1, 19; 19:15) and eternal damnation, and become alive on the Day of the first Resurrection of the Dead (1 Corinthians 15:20-23, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, Revelation 20:5-6).
–> I have only made reference to the final destination of the journey here. I have NOT made any mention of the purpose of the journey which is a different subject – on which I have written several articles (ref. Psalm 110, Eph. 3:8-11, Mat. 16:18)