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The Water, The Milk & The Meat of God's Word

God identifies for us three distinct manifestations of His Word as food in the Bible, and these are water, milk and the meat (Ephesians 5:26, 1 Peter 2:2, Hebrews 5:13-14). In the natural, these different types of food are required for the proper nourishment of the physical body to make for growth. Likewise, the Word of God ministered as water, milk and meat all together will make for proper nourishment of the recreated human spirit and his growth. Therefore, we cannot afford to be ignorant of these distinct manifestations of God’s Word.


What is the water of God's Word?

To answer this question, we need to reference a key characteristic of water, which is Image Reflection. Proverbs 27:19 tells us that a man can see his image by looking into natural water. Likewise a recreated human spirit can look at certain portions of the Word of God and see his image. Therefore, Scriptures which reflect the image of the Believer ​constitute the water of the Word. So, what is the Believer’s image? What do we really look like? 1 John 4:17 records that the Believer resembles Jesus seated right now at the right hand of the Father. Thus, all Scriptures that describe the status of the New Testament risen Christ depict our image and, by extension, will constitute the water of the Word of God. We should drink from these scriptures every day and use them to wash our minds regularly. Some examples of such Scriptures include:​​

  • In this world you’ll have troubles, but be of good cheer because I have overcome the world (John 16:33)
  • You have overcome the world because greater is He that is in you than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4)


What is the milk of the Word?

In Hebrews 6:1-3, Paul identifies for us certain doctrines which constitute the milk of the Word, and these are:

  • Repentance from dead works
  • Faith toward God
  • Instructions about baptisms
  • Laying on of hands
  • Resurrection from the dead
  • Eternal judgment

The Bible says the Believer needs to be established in these milk doctrines of the Word of God, so that he can be skillful in the Word of righteousness before being exposed to the meat of the Word (Hebrews 5:12-14). These principles are also needed to make the Believer grow out of spiritual babyhood, and in conjunction with the water of the Word of God, should be the Believer’s introductory spiritual lessons (1 Peter 2:2). However, these aspects of the Word of God will not give the Believer the required stamina to complete the Christian race. Therefore, the Saint of God cannot afford to stay with the milk of the Word. The Believer needs to move on to the meat of the Word, and balance that with the water of the Word. ​


What is the meat of the Word?

The Holy Spirit deliberated halted discussions about the meat of the Word in Hebrews chapter 5 because the Saints back then were not ready for it. They were too dull of hearing! He gave us a clue into what will constitute the meat of the Word of God, however, and this includes discussions about the lifestyle of Jesus as He served as a priest on earth (Hebrews 5:1-11).

This meat of the Word will include discussions about the New Testament priestly ministry, which summarily depict cooperating with God to enforce His kingdom in the earth, since we have been made kings and priests to serve God in the earth (Revelations 1:6). Instructions of the Word of God, in this regard, constitute the ways of God and are distinguished from the actions of God (Psalm 103:7). The ways of God will make the Believer grow from spiritual babyhood to adulthood (1 John 2:12-14) and will give him the required stamina to defeat the flesh and the ways of the world.

If the Believer is not feeding right, however, he becomes vulnerable to sickness, lack, and other oppression of the enemy, which Jesus paid for on the cross of Calvary. To cover such basis, we shall also discuss certain aspects of the Word of God which constitute spiritual medicine that the Believer can use to retrieve stolen blessings (Proverbs 4:20-22, Proverbs 3:7-8). Subsequently, the Believer is expected to be feeding right, so that he can retain his blessing and be free from the oppression of the enemy.






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