The Lord has made our physical body with many parts. Each part is essential to the whole. I have recently been learning about how our good gut bacteria thrives on diversity. Each plant has its own fiber. What we eat affects our health. Dairy and meat has no fiber.
The body of Christ is very diverse. 1 Corinthians 12:14-27 aptly described the power of diversity. His body, the church, has many parts. Verse 14 says, “For in fact the body is not one member but many.” Verse 27 says, “Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.”
Verse 4-5 says, “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.” Verse 7 is key to understand the power of diversity. It says, “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.”
Therefore, God has set out a table abounding with a diversity of foods. They all are essential for the health of His body, the church. Hebrews 5:13 says, “For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.” Milk, in this sense, is like the milk we drink. It has no fiber.
Verse 14 says, “But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
Spiritual solid food has to be chewed slowly and thoroughly. Then we ruminate on it over and over so it can be digested and incorporated in our walk with the Lord.
Paul said in Acts 20:27, “For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.” Ephesians 1:11 says of God, “…who works all things according to the counsel of His will.”
How do we know His will in every type of situation if we are only drinking milk? We need the solid food of doctrine to understand what the will of the Lord is.
Daily consumption of His word, verse by verse, gives us His whole counsel. We won’t grow spiritually without it. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”