If not the milk, starvation

1 Corinthians 3:2

I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able,

Paul wrote to the Corinthian church complaining about their reception of the word of God.  The problem he seemed to identify was the strife arising from factions and probably what we call  cliques.

1 Corinthians 3:3-5

3) for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men? 4) For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not mere men? 5) What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one.

Thousands of years later we can be sure that the condition and the behaviours continue, but Paul would be shocked to see that what he called milk is the last thing on a lot of minds.  The milk of the first century was the fresh message about Yeshua’s person and work in a language people understood.  Milk then is the untranslated, unvarnished, and unadulterated message of the gospel.

How strange and disturbing it is that the vast majority of preachers today want nothing to do with the milk! How dangerous it is that Paul confirmed that the condition persuaded when he said “even now you are not able”! The large number of factions we have in the 21st century contributes considerably to the rejection of milk, especially when the fresh milk is made out to be a strange thing. It is a high level operation to plan to get away from your starvation diet.