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The Pure Milk of the Word

January 4, 2017

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The Pure Milk of the Word

Each morning  I like to read  a number  of devotionals online.     One morning,  as has happened  on some other occasions,  the Bible text used  was totally taken  out of context.     The way  in which  the online author used the Bible verse  had absolutely nothing  to do  with the original intent  of that verse.

As misleading  as the online author was,  it made me think  of Isaiah 40:8“The grass withers,  the flower fades,  but the word  of our God  stands forever.”

In spite  of the prophesied fact  that God’s word,  the Bible,  will stand forever  and never change,  it is also prophesied  that there will be many false preachers,  who will try  to distort  that word  of God,  in order  to purposely mislead people away  from God.     So,  although  the Bible  will always remain  a steadfast truth  for us  to hold onto,  there will be many preachers  who will attempt  to sucker us away  from God’s truths,  so that they can have the pleasure  of leading many people.

This is exactly  what Paul warns us of  in 2 Timothy 4:3-4“For the time  will come  when they will not endure sound doctrine,  but wanting  to have their ears tickled,  they will accumulate  for themselves teachers  in accordance  to their own desires  and will turn away  their ears  from the truth  and will turn aside  to myths.”

Paul is essentially saying  that it is the people themselves,  who become  “bored”  with the truths  of God’s free salvation  and begin looking  for someone  to tickle their fancy.     Of course,  “someone”  will most willingly oblige them.

Peter,  along with many other Biblical writers,  agreed  with Paul,  when he said  in 2 Peter 2:1-3“But false prophets  also arose  among the people,  just as there will also be false teachers  among you,  who will secretly introduce  destructive heresies,  even denying the Master  who bought them,  bringing swift destruction  upon themselves.     And many  will follow  their sensuality,  and because of them  the way  of the truth  will be maligned;  and in their greed  they exploit you  with false words;  their judgment  from long ago  is not idle,  and their destruction  is not asleep.”

Peter was so disturbed  about preachers  taking God’s word  out of context  and twisting it,  that he went on  to say  in verses 18-19 “For speaking out arrogant words  of vanity  they entice  by fleshly desires,  by sensuality,  those who barely escape from the ones  who live  in error,  promising them freedom  while they themselves  are slaves  of corruption;  for by what a man is overcome,  by this he is enslaved.”

The importance  of these warnings  can be overwhelming.

If we are  in the least bit aware  of the depth  of God’s love  for us  and the absolutely free salvation  that He gives us,  we should have some sort  of desire  to not be taken in  by any sort  of falseness.

That is why  Peter warns us  about how fleeting  our life is  in 1 Peter 1:24,  quoting Isaiah 40:8“All flesh  is like grass,  and all its glory  like the flower  of the grass.     The grass withers,  and the flower falls off.”

We are allowed  to live  on this earth  for a relatively short,  short time.     Our last day  is approaching  so fast.     We don’t have time  to fool around  with God’s truths.

We have to immediately get  to the nitty-gritty  of God’s plan  of salvation  in the Bible,  before our last day cuts us off forever.     It’s what God says  that lasts forever.

That is why Peter implores us  in 1 Peter 2:1-3“Therefore,  putting aside  all malice  and all guile  and hypocrisy  and envy  and all slander,  like newborn babes,  long for the pure milk  of the word,  that by it you may grow  in respect  to salvation,  IF you have tasted  the kindness  of the Lord.”

How can he beg us any more?     What more can God ask  of us?     Go for God’s truths.

If we don’t constantly turn  to our Lord  in His word,  the Bible,  we will be easily misled.     We are just babies.     We need  to long  for the pure milk”  of God’s word  —  not some false preacher’s idiosyncrasies.

“Pure milk”  is vital  to a newborn baby.     God’s pure word  in the Bible  is vital  to our eternal life.     Got “milk”?     Drink deeply  from God’s word.     Be satisfied  with God’s word.

( P.S.   I wrote this post in August 2006  for another website that does not keep an online archive. )

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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