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TCH MINI-STUDY: 45
 
DESIRE THE SINCERE MILK OF THE WORD
 
The apostle Peter wrote to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia (1 Peter 1:1), As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. To whom [Christ's] coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:2-5).
 
In verse 2, the English word desire is translated from the Greek word epipotheo, which means to yearn, intensely crave, long after, or lust after, while the English word sincere is translated from the Greek word adolos, which means undeceitful and unadulterated. Also in verse 2, the English word milk is translated from the Greek word gala, which in context probably means nourishment, while the English word word is translated from the Greek word logikos, which means rational or reasonable. Logikos is derived from the Greek word logos, which refers to Christ and His gospel. Two verses indicate that the logos refers to Christ and the gospel, not the bible: In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word [logos, i.e., the Divine Expression, that is, Christ and the gospel] of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise (Ephesians 1:13), and For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word [logos, the Diving Expression, that is, Christ and the gospel] of the truth of the gospel (Colossians 1:5). Also, in verse 2, the English word grow is translated from the Greek word auxano, which means to enlarge, grow up, or give the increase.
 
When Peter instructs the scattered strangers to desire the sincere milk of the word, he is not instructing the strangers to desire the bible, which many mistakenly refer to as the word, but instructing them to intensely crave and long after the undeceitful [truthful] nourishment and strength found in the Divine Expression of Jesus Christ and His gospel. The strengh, growing, and increase of the believer comes from Jesus Christ and the believer's knowledge of Him, and not the bible.
 
Regarding the idea of growing in Christ, Paul explained to the church in Ephesus, And he [Christ] gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him [Christ] in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body [church] unto the edifying of itself in love (Ephesians 4:11-16). Within the context of these verses, Peter explains that our growing is into Christ in all things, not into and from the bible.
 
In a later epistle, Peter wrote, Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen (2 Peter 3:14-18). Again, Peter explains that our growing is in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, not the bible.
















MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
 
He that loveth silver [money] shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity
(Ecclesiastes 5:10).
 
And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows
(1 Timothy 6:8-10).
 
Let your conversation [life] be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee
(Hebrews 13:5).