Pure Milk And Solid Food

If you read the Our Daily Bread devotinal booklet produced by RBC Ministries then you know that a few weeks ago 1 Peter 1:22- 2:33 was given.

“22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, 24 because ‘All flesh is as grass, and the glory of men as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, 25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.’ Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you. 1 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, 2 as new born babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”

1 Peter chapter 2 verse 2 reminded me of a section in the book He Satisfies My Soul.

New Christians need the pure milk of God’s Word so that they may grow. At some point, if we have not had the pure milk we will need it.

The book goes into detail about a mother, the milk she provides, and her baby. From this chapter I’ve learned that there is nothing like mothers milk. The mother [almost involuntarily] gives of herself to provide her baby with the perfect milk and “The mother wants to give, the baby wants to receive.” P.93 He Satisfies My Soul. (Just as how God gave of himself, now we need to receive. Most if us are freely willing to do so.)

Back to the scripture: 1 Peter 2:1 tells us that before desiring the pure milk of the Word we also need to put away our do away with malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy and all evil speaking.

There comes a time when just like babies, we need to move up to solid food. But spiritually speaking we must not forget what we’ve learned while consuming the pure milk of God’s Word – we still need that. Now we need solid food.

If we remain in milk, we won’t grow.

“For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews 5:12-14 KJV

Scrpture memorization is key in knowing God’s Word. But it is not just to memorize and recite it, God’s Word must be in our hearts-we must believe and speak it over our lives [and the lives of others]. The Word must be engrafted in our hearts. So that not only do we know it, but it is also in us.

Here is a benefit, a promise even:
Jesus said, if My words abide in you and you abide in Me, ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you. John 15:7

John 15:7 & Some Notes

(Mistake – missing capitalizations)

A Few Notes:

1 John 3:24 is similar to John 15:7

  • 1 John 3:24 says, “Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us”.
  • Keep His commandments – obey Him (God, His Word and His voice).

  • Abide in Him. Abide – to remain; stay. to dwell; reside. to comply with; submit to. to remain faithful to. You abide in God through His word, staying in righteousness (repenting/confessing of sins), praising and worshipping Him in spirit and in truth. Have a relationship with God…& He will abide in you. Now that’s being in tune with God!

  • Because we abide in Him and keep His commandments we know and are sure that He(God) abides in us through  His Holy Spirit which He has given to us.

  • Through the Holy Spirit; read John 14:16-18, John 16:13.

  • John 14:16-18 “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever – the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”

  • John 16:13 “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”