This study is on what the bible calls milk. If you are raising a child, you start out with milk for food. If you are going to raise up a spiritual child, you must feed that child the milk of the word. That child needs nourishment every day. Would you let a physical baby go for days without food? Of course not, the baby would die. Do you really think it would be any different with a spiritual child? The food a spiritual child needs in order to grow and become Christ like, can only come from the word of God.
You see, when we believe the word of God that has been preached to us, that word becomes a seed that comes into our heart, if our heart is prepared to receive it. That preparation is the faith to receive and the strength to obey. The spiritual child starts from the word as the seed, much like the male sperm comes into a woman and finds fertile ground, so also does the word have to have fertile ground to fertilize it. The more word we take in, in faith, the more that child will grow. That is why, at times, the word is called milk.
The Lord gives us examples that we can relate to. I do not want you to take my word for anything. I will show you how to do your own searches. After a while, you can just jump in and dig for your own gold. There are many riches in God’s word. We can dig as deep as we want to, or we can barely scratch the surface. It is all up to us.
I have already done the search, on the word milk, so I will show you how I did it and show you some of what I found. The information I am about to give, came from that word search.
I did it by finding out where the word milk was in the bible, by using the Strong’s concordance. I then looked each verse up that contained the word milk. When I found the word milk, I would back up in the scriptures, far enough to see the way the word was used in that particular scripture. I would then take a note book and copy down the scriptures, as far as I thought necessary, to give me a clearer picture of how that word was used there. I started at the beginning of the bible, and continued through to Revelation, writing as much as I felt that I needed each time the word milk was used in the scriptures.
After a while of doing this, you start to get a clearer picture, especially after you are finished with the entire search. When you put all the scriptures together, that contain a certain word, you see a lot clearer, what God meant when he used that word.
Let me give you some examples: Is. 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrin? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. Is. 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
The reason there is no price is because Jesus already paid that price for us. Here he is talking about food for our soul. The word is called water, over and over in the scriptures. If you remember, Jesus turned the water in the vessels into wine.
But in this scripture he is also referring to milk; Is 60:16 Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy redeemer, the mighty one of Jacob. I think that the milk of the Gentiles that this verse is talking about is the Word being taught by Gentiles, and the breast of kings, I think, are the followers of Christ that he has promoted to be kings ruling with him, as it says in:
Rev. 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotton of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever, Amen.
Now let us go to: 1Cor. 3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, burt as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
After we receive the spirit of God, as long as we walk in the flesh and don’t let the Spirit of God have his way in us, we are then considered carnal, as it says in this verse. Until we have enough milk of the word to change us into having spiritual desires instead of fleshly desires, we are not ready for the meat of the word. I think the meat of the word is the power of God to heal and perform miracles. I am not sure of that yet. I need to do more studying in that area, first, before I can tell you that for sure.
Another example of this, is: Hebr. 5:5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. 6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. 7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared: 8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; 10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec. 11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. 12 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. 13 For every one that useth milk is unskillful 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 excercised to discern both good and evil.
6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. So, you see, it is all a growth process that takes time and great patience. Now we will go to:
To get even more understanding: 1Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the Glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 25 But the Word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 5 Ye also, as livly stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
For more understanding we turn to: Galations 4:1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, thou he be lord of all; 2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 4 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son:; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Further on in verse 19 it says: My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you, This shows you that Christ is formed in us, just like a baby develops in the womb of the mother, Christ is formed in us.
You also need to understand, that when God is speaking in his word, about a certain thing, the way he sees things, and the way we see things are very different.
God is a spirit, as it says in: John 4:24. We tend to look at things with our fleshly eyes, because that is all we know until we start to get to know God.
Is. 55:6 says, Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him: and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
Just remember, that as you get to know God, you will start to see things as he does. But don’t expect this to happen right away, because, as I said before, it takes time to get to know someone. The more time you spend with someone, the more you get to know them. If you have a genuine hunger for his spirit, he will see to it that you get fed, if you do your part, he is faithful to do his.
The amount of Christ you receive is only limited by you. So, how hungry are you? Do you want to be reconciled back to God, with all of the promises he has waiting for you, of peace, love, joy, health, life, ect., or would you rather continue in the things of this world, that can never satisfy, never fulfill what you were created to be, always searching for pleasure, living in an existence that has the intimate end of an eternity, in the flames of hell. Spending eternity with the same enemy of your soul that deceived you into thinking that the things of this life is all there is. But then, it will be too late, to change your mind.
Why not give God a chance, what have you got to loose? What if today is the last day of your life, where will you be tomorrow? Isn’t it time to trust the one that created you to know what is best for you? He wants you to be happy, he loves you so much, that he came here knowing that the devil was going to throw everything at him, that he could, to try to break him, and make him sin, even to the torcher of the cross.
Christ spent his entire life thinking about what he would have to go thru to give you and me a chance to break free of the bondage that that initial deception in the garden caused. He could have lived a full life, but he chose death and torture for you and for me. Why don’t you just trust him? Ask him to come into your heart, and give you the earnest of his Spirit that will guide you into all truth.
Like it says in Eph. 1:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Just confess with your mouth to him, that you are a sinner, because we have all sinned and come short.
Rom. 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
You see we all need him to come into our lives and guide us and show us the way back home. There is love waiting for each of us now, and at the end of our journey, that is beyond our greatest imagination. No matter what we have to go thru in this life, it could never, be compared to what we receive at the end of our journey. So please choose life. No sin is too great for God to forgive, and no sin is too small. He suffered for each and every one of them.
Acts 4:12 Neither is their salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. It is all in the name of Jesus.