Summary: Is your desire for the milk or the meat of the word? Just like the body, the soul will die of starvation with a diet of just milk.
More Milk or Meat The Choice is Yours
Corinthians I 3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
Corinthians I 3:2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
Corinthians I 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
Corinthians I 3:4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
Corinthians I 3:5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
Corinthians I 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
Corinthians I 3:7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
I would like to use for a topic this evening more milk or meat
When a child is born, their digestive system is such that milk is the only thing they can handle. As they continue to drink the milk, they begin to grow and before you know it they want more milk, and all of a sudden they come to a point where milk just will not satisfy their hunger, it won’t satisfy their needs, any longer so you start to put some cereal in the milk, and as they grow and their appetite increases until the point where milk won’t satisfy, milk with cereal won’t satisfy, and mama finally says this child is ready to start eating real food or meat.
Now parents out there we know what a hungry baby sounds like. And we know when its time to graduate that child from milk to meat.
And we also know if that transition from milk to meat does not happen then something is wrong. I have not seen a strong healthy teen-ager living off of just milk. No in order to grow and mature the child must move from the milk to the meat. Milk is a great start but a prolonged diet of milk will equate to starvation.
If you had a child that the only thing they would take is milk and they were not growing and your concern for your child got greater to the point of outrage, this is the state of mind we find Paul as he writes to the church at Corinth.
This is Paul’s emotional state as he wrote his first letter to the church at Corinth. In Jesus’ sacrificial death, our Lord made possible the wonder of His church. He intended it to be beautiful and attractive to outsiders. He wanted it to be a wise and Godly representation of its Lord, and to be filled with His glory. The church at Corinth, however, was anything but beautiful, glorious and wise. Paul wrote that there was hardly anything about the Corinthian Christians that distinguished them from the world around.
They had taken the work of art that was the church and, to put it in modern terms, allowed it to be trashed. The church of Jesus Christ at Corinth, which ought to have taken people’s breath away by its beauty and attractiveness, had become instead an irritant and an eyesore.
There is an element of tragedy in Paul’s writing. His purpose is to help the Corinthians see who they really ought to be; to encourage them to throw off what was hindering them in their walk of faith.