What is the “Milk” and “Meat” of the Word?
My wife Chelsea and I address our first listener question:
What does the Bible mean by the “milk” and “meat” of the Word?
Three key passages mention “milk” and two of them compare it to “meat”:
- 1 Peter 2:2-3
- 1 Corinthians 3:2
- Hebrews 5:12-14
The listener heard these passages explained as Sunday School stories for “milk” and understanding different Greek words as “meat.”
After reading these passages in their full context we think they’re really talking about maturity of conduct and avoiding unnecessary divisions. Christians who can eat “strong meat” are those who can determine right from wrong and solve problems of conflict in light of the basic principles of God’s Word.
We also bring a little politics into our understanding of these passages. Mature Christians shouldn’t fall prey to the world’s politics that make people fight over things.