“Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: if so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” 1 Peter 2:1-3
It is a certain fact that all men are dying. There have been only two exceptions to this in Scripture, and those two were Enoch of Genesis 5:21-24; and Elijah of 2 Kings 2:9-11. Even Jesus Christ died; and He did that for you and me; taking all the sins of the world upon Himself, taking the wrath and judgment of the Father; and we by faith are justified through faith in Him.
Paul the apostle says that the evidence of a new heart is bearing fruit, or the evidence,
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law; and they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.” Galations 5:22-26
It is a hard matter, but there are professing Christians who seek to do harm to their brethren, and that is malicious behavior. Desiring the harm of another is “malice”, and comes from an evil heart. Peter says that the Christian, follower of Jesus Christ is to lay these matters aside; and you could say “Put them off” entirely. He includes “Guile” which would be scheming deception to achieve your own way, and or lying to protect you own skin.
The Christian is to be real. Hypocrisy is found where ever there are people. The Christian might be hypocritical at times, but should not be a hypocrite. Being a hypocrite is one who dwells in that way; always pretending to be something they are not. It is the hypocrite who goes to church, speaks the theological language on Sunday, at Sunday worship; appearing holy, yet curses his fellow employees, employer and others the rest of the time. It is “Envy” which caused the religious rulers to crucify Jesus (Matthew 27:18). Envy is a form of jealousy which will do anything, even murder, to get what they want.
These things which control a life are not the fruits of the Christian. They are the Evidence of a Dead Heart.
The “Newborn babe” desires the word of God, and grows in it. The Christian is not perfect, nor sinless, yet we are growing into the image of Christ; if indeed we have “Tasted that the Lord is gracious”.