Saturday, 31 January 2009

The Meat of the Gospel.

I would like to study this next week at Bible Study and have always been fascinated by the terms milk and solid. I would like to hear your views and point me in the right direction to find good explanation for these verses.

Is the solid food of the Gospel to sit Sunday after Sunday after Sunday listening to well prepared eloquent sermons.?

Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.  You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere men? 1 Corinthians 3:1-4


We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death,
 and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And God permitting, we will do so. Hebrews 5:11-6:3

2 comments:

  1. What will change people? A full head of theology? When we enter heaven, will God make a test, and the one who knows most, will have the ticket?
    I think it is the unseen things that count:
    - Visit the sick
    - Praying and talking by 2 or 3
    - Confession of mistakes and sins to a brother.
    - Caring and loving people practically.

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  2. Milk is understanding the theology of salvation, grace and redemption. Paul seems to be telling his audience that they have heard this before. But they have divisions and quarrels, and to understand grace, one has to allow for grace (from us) to also be given. Quarreling shows that the audience remains in infancy. I have heard people say that the gifts of the Spirit are the meat. But the gifts of the Spirit are meant for lifting up the church. The meat of the Gospel can be summed up in the progressive walk of the believer as seen in the Beatitudes, and being 'tested' like silver to bear the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and self control. I may have missed one, its late. I agree with Joerg, it is the outpouring of gratitude that we walk the talk and show those around us the healing and redeeming power of Christ in us.

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