How do we detect counterfeit currency? The correct approach is to begin studying the characteristics of genuine notes. Once we have mastered this, we can easily spot out the fake ones. Similarly, in the spiritual realm, we have to be well-versed with the truth before we can overcome deception.
For this reason, believers have to ground themselves on solid food ("meat”) from scriptures so that they can distinguish truth from half-truths and lies.
We need to “study to show ourselves approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
Just as an infant’s diet has to progressively shift from milk to solid food, so too must believers grow in spiritual maturity through effort and experience.
Peter tells us to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ. We are to add to our faith the following qualities: goodness, knowledge, self-control, endurance, godliness, mutual affection, and love in order that we may not be ineffective or unfruitful. By doing so, we confirm our call and election and will never stumble (2 Peter 3:18, 2 Peter 1:5-10).
MILK AND SOLID FOOD