“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow
thereby”[1 Peter 2:2]
Question Number 54
Question: What is the church?
Answer: It is a congregation of believers joined together in the
bond of fellowship, to worship the Lord, and to edify one another.
THE BODY IS THE BELIEVERS.
“But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things,
which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined
together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the
effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body
unto the edifying of itself in love.” [Ephesians 4:15-16]
JESUS CHRIST IS THE HEAD OF THE BODY.
“And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the
firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
[Colossians 1:18] “To the general assembly and church of the firstborn,
which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits
of just men made perfect,” [Hebrews 12:23]
The "church of the firstborn" is not only in the future but is a present
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
The “spiritual milk” for the 21st Century believer in Jesus Christ is the
same spiritual milk that was recommended by the Spirit of God for now almost two
This SINCERE MILK is the basic starting food so necessary for every new
born-again believer to GROW.
[2 Timothy 3:16] All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
[2 Timothy 3:17] That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished
unto all good works.
Next: Lesson Number 55
Bible Study Hints
2 Peter 1:21 “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but
holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
Prophecy involves future things … in future events. Prophecy is a
foretelling; a prediction; a declaration of something to come. History is
the record of the fulfillment prophecy.
Bible “prophecy” came not “by the will of man”. Man’s “will” was not
involved at all. Bible prophecy came by the Holy Ghost WHO is GOD. God
“moved” certain men to speak certain words that are God’s words in “old
• God’s words that “holy men” “spake” “in old time” are preserved … for all
• God’s words are kept.
• God keeps them. Man does not keep them. The scholars do not keep them.
• God preserves them … in spite of the scholars. This is a direct promise of
This promise is found for all generations of men forevermore to see in
Psalms twelve: “The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a
furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou
shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” [Psalm 12:6-7]
Do you see what I see?
• The words of the Lord are pure words.
• The words of the Lord are purified seven times.
This promise literally extends [in the English language] to all of US [the
English-speaking nations on this Earth today].
Now, the seven purifications [or the translations] into the English for the
English-speaking nations on this Earth are these:
• The Tyndale’s New Testament … in 1526.
• The Coverdale’s Bible … in 1535
• The Matthews’ Bible … in 1537
• The Great Bible … in 1539
• The Geneva Bible … in 1560
• The Bishops Bible … in 1568
• The King James Bible … in 1611
This seventh book represents a purified BOOK, and is the word of God in the
Therefore, we have this promise from God that God actively maintained the
“pure words” of God.
We have therefore, in the Authorized Version of 1611 [A.V. 1611] Bible … the
“settled” words of God:
“For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.”
The A.V. 1611 King James Bible, or any of its editions [1613, 1644, 1676,
1680, 1701, 1769], is the settled forever.