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Solid Food

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Do You Know How to Eat?

1 Corinthians 3:1–4 NKJV
And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not carnal?
The believers in Corinth were babes in the Lord. And even now…they were not growing and they should have been
He gives examples - they were living fleshly, carnal. Envy, strife. I am of Paul, I am of Apollos - following man and not God.
Envy
Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament based on Semantic Domains 88.162 ζῆλος, ου

a particularly strong feeling of resentment and jealousy against someone

Strife
Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament based on Semantic Domains 39.22 ἔρις, ιδος

conflict resulting from rivalry and discord—‘strife, discord

Hebrews 5:12–14 NKJV
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Unskilled 28.15 ἄπειρος, ον: pertaining to the lack of knowledge or capacity to do something—‘inexperienced in, unacquainted with.’ ἄπειρος λόγου δικαιοσύνης ‘without any experience in the matter of what is right’ He 5:13.
Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament: based on semantic domains (electronic ed. of the 2nd edition., Vol. 1, p. 335). New York: United Bible Societies.
babe - infant, child
NET version
Hebrews 5:12–14 NET
For though you should in fact be teachers by this time, you need someone to teach you the beginning elements of God’s utterances. You have gone back to needing milk, not solid food. For everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced in the message of righteousness, because he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, whose perceptions are trained by practice to discern both good and evil.
Old Men’s Group - “Jesus came to show us God, no one realized who He was because He was totally different”
deceased man - “I know if God gives him more chances he will come to Jesus”
1 Peter 2:1–3 NKJV
Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
desire - ‘to long for, to deeply desire, deep desire.’
Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament: based on semantic domains (electronic ed. of the 2nd edition., Vol. 1, p. 290). New York: United Bible Societies.
We need to desire God’s word. When we do, we will dig deeper into it
When we are babe, we need milk. If we stay on milk then we are not maturing.
spiritual milk—i.e., the elementary salvation truths of the gospel. Spiritual immaturity should not be our lifelong testimony
We are told that we need to grow, to mature
Colossians 1:27–29 NKJV
To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.
Colossians 4:12 NKJV
Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
James 1:2–4 NKJV
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Psalm 34:8–10 NKJV
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.
The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Volume 12: Hebrews through Revelation 1. Growth through the Pure Milk (2:1–3)

Once a person has come to taste the graciousness or goodness of the Lord, he should have a continuing appetite for spiritual food

Psalm 119 speaks of God’s Word - the importance of reading it, believing it, living it, trusting it
2 Timothy 3:16–17 NKJV
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
How do we study God’s word?
We read God’s word
We ask God for understanding
We live what we learn
Acts 8:30 NKJV
So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
We ask for understanding
1 John 2:27 NKJV
But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.
John 14:16 NKJV
And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—
1 Corinthians 2:12 NKJV
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
1 Thessalonians 4:9 NKJV
But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;
We read scripture, we ask God for understanding. We interpret the bible with the bible
We have to read the bible in context. We can’t just pull it apart. The epistles were written as letters for a reason. All the books were written for a reason
Example
Book Intro -
Proverbs 20:5: "The heart of a man is like deep water..."
Proverbs 20:5 NKJV
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, But a man of understanding will draw it out.
scripture out of context - a dangerous way to go. Don’t misquote scripture
A concordance and dictionary are a great help for studying
John 21 15-17 is a great example where a dictionary can help.
understanding the different words for love
Guy told me 1611 translators corrected John’s bad Greek!
We read the entire Bible and ask God to teach us. It’s OK to not understand everything the first time you read it. We are all growing. The point is we keep going to God to learn
Example - Gospels. How many angels were at the tomb?
Matthew an angel
Mark young man clothed in white
Luke two men is shining garments
John they saw 2 angels
was there 1 angel or 2? What am I to do?
Example -
I could say I was talking to John when he came over or I could say
John and Beth came over and talked to us
saying John was here doesn’t mean that Beth wasn’t. It depends what point I am trying to make. If I am talking to a group of guys, I may say ‘John came over’ because that is all the info that is needed for the point I am trying to make. It doesn’t men beth wasn’t here or that it’s acontradiction
We have to pray and seek God as we read His word
Then, after we read and God gives us understanding, we need to live it.
As we read and study, we need to remember that scripture point us to Jesus
John 5:39–40 NKJV
You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.
Always read to get closer to Jesus. Knowledge doesn’t save, Jesus does. We read to learn about God, understand who He is and how to live for Him. We read to get closer to Him.
We also study so we can help others
1 Peter 3:15 NKJV
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;
Are we satisfied with milk? do we hunger for more? Do we want to understand His word and draw closer to Him?
He has given us what we need - His word, His Spirit, a changed heart, a renewed mind - we are called to be faithful and follow Him
We need to open the book and dig in
I find the more I dig the hungrier I get. He knows how to satisfy our hunger for Him.
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