The Pure Milk of the Word
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. )
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
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.