1 Corinthians 3 – Meat-ing the Milk of the Gospel

We all love to eat–don’t we? The aromas, colors, textures, sounds, and the flavors of food permeate the atmosphere–engulfing us in its experience–and we eat! Can you relate? Think about a moment when you longed to eat–perhaps at home or at a restaurant! Now, what would it be like to sit in front of your food, take a bite, and not recognize what you were eating? (Ah–the disaster!) Have you been there; let down by your food? I’ve been there; I’ve had a disappointing food experience. Saying to myself, “I didn’t order this!”

Let’s read 1 Corinthians 3.

The Corinthians had a disappointing food experience, an “I didn’t order this!” moment.

1 Corinthians 3:1-2 says:

“But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready…”

The Corinthians sat at God’s table as Paul served them the gospel of the Bread of Life, and they refused! Was Paul feeding them inadequate food? By no means! Rather, the Corinthians stopped eating! Fattened with the ideologies of the secular world around them, the simple yoke of the gospel seemed as foolishness–inadequate food–milk!

Yet, here lays the paradox: Paul couldn’t give the Corinthians meat whilst they refused milk! When the Corinthians ate secular food, drinking the maternal milk of the gospel was a disappointing food experience–it didn’t look like secular food–“What is this; I didn’t order this!”

1 Corinthians 3The Corinthians forgot what the foundational truths of the gospel tasted like! Paul understood this and satirically challenged them to leave behind secular foolishness; for the foundational milk of the gospel is also its meat, there’s no qualitative difference, for Jesus is the gospel!

As we walk this life, bombarded by food vendors all around, remember, Jesus reserves a special seat for you at His table. And while we may be disappointed by the food we eat, there’s no greater disappointing food experience, than the food we don’t eat–friends, partake of the Bread of Life, whether milk or meat, for there’s no greater sustenance than Jesus.

God bless, and keep looking up,

Ruben Vargas

Scripture portions taken from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.


2 thoughts on “1 Corinthians 3 – Meat-ing the Milk of the Gospel

  1. Oh, I get it now. I always thought it was because they were metaphorically babes in Christ that they needed milk before meat.

    • Indeed, you’re not alone in seeing how Paul’s disciples were spiritual ‘babies’; and you’re not wrong either. Yet, I invite you to consider that the foundation of God’s exhortation through Paul calls us to seek Christ as the milk and the meat of the gospel (Jesus is the good news!), on all levels! The gospel about Christ–Jesus himself– is enough for those that are ‘babies’, and those that are ‘adults’; enough for those who by the world’s standards are wise, and those that are not. Jesus is enough! 🙂

      Thank you for reading.



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