(A closer look @ the milk & the meat of faith)
Dearly Beloved Saints,
What was stolen from man through disobedience, was an understanding that once made Adam the King of the earth (Ps. 8:4-8; 82:5). What man (i.e. you and I) should have attained unto had Adam disobeyed the devil or obeyed the commandments God gave him, was an understanding packaged in the tree of life (1Jn. 5:20).
What reduced Nebuchadnezzar from being the greatest king on earth into a beast that would live in the forest for seven years, was that his understanding was withdrawn. What informs the reign of sin in men is a darkened understanding, and what informs a reign (dominion) over sin, is an enlightened understanding (Dan. 4:30-34, Eph. 4:18).
In like manner, what has limited many believers (till date) from coming into a spiritual understanding of the actual faith of the New Testament, is their inability to selflessly use the word that can only introduce righteousness (i.e. the milk of faith), as a leverage to embrace the actual word that teaches or unveils (God’s) righteousness; i.e. the word of righteousness (Heb. 5:12-13).
So, the first scriptural provision that is meant to introduce a young believer to the benefits that came through Pentecost, is called milk faith (1Cor. 3:1-2). It introduces righteousness in an elementary level and does much more than provide our material/physical needs (I.e. clothing, comfort, security, healing). It instills a quest for something higher or a desire for a better substance that should see us live by God’s power – Christ (Eph. 1:15-18, Rom. 1:16).
So, good milk cultures an appetite for the spiritual or for the meat of the word called Christ (1Cor. 2:15; 3:1-2)! But when (milk) is impure or is not properly and selflessly taught or administered, believers would lack a hunger for much more than milk can offer their souls and would settle for less.
This is why not a few Christians today are easily tossed to and fro with divers winds of doctrines/teachings (Eph. 4:14). This is why many believers get stuck and hardly grow beyond seeking God because of their needs (Jn. 6:26). This is why many end up lacking in spiritual understanding or in spiritual soundness and establishment that the actual teaching of righteousness (i.e. Christ) confers upon a soul (Tit. 1:9/13, Rom. 16:25).
Please watch out for a forthcoming Q&A based on this beautiful, evergreen subject called the word of righteousness.
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