Wine & Spirit
“Crémant” is the French term for traditional-method sparkling wines made outside Champagne.
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Question: Wine and the Holy Spirit, what do they have in common?
Answer: Both Wine and the Holy Spirit intoxicate. Don’t believe me, then, give up all, pick up your cross and be filled with the Holy Spirit – you will find out.
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18)
Warning: I must be a bit tipsy in the Holy Spirit to even write a post on this topic, but here goes.
and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him. (John 2:10-11)
Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine and yes it had alcohol in it. No one attending a wedding banquet would be impressed with a non-alcoholic drink – instead – they would gag asking the host what kind of joke was this.
Believe the Roman history – people knew their wine. However, that is not the point today.
The point is this; Christianity without being filled with the Holy Spirit is as dry, cold and lifeless as Pharisee debating Sadducee. Yuk and gag! This is why I never preached ink on paper.1
God gives His wine, the wine of the Holy Spirit to make his followers joyful as they carry their suffering cross. Joyful obedience comes from the effects of the Holy Spirit intoxicating, if you excuse the term, God’s will in a disciple’s life. This is why the Bible, ink on paper, compares the Holy Spirit to wine and oil: …wine that gladdens the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread that sustains his heart. (Psalm 104:15)
Those who watch the small flock that are following Jesus will sometimes declare, “I couldn’t live like that” or, “They are pretty strange and different folks – this and this must be the reason.”
Now, there is nothing TV, or movie strange kinda of spirituality being talked about here, rather, a promotion of sober faith that allows the intoxicating effects of God’s will to be worked in a believers life. Hey, God saved the best, i.e. Jesus, for last and once the cup of His wine was given me to drink I haven’t shopped anywhere else for my wine.
Here is but one example of “too much wine.”:
Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning!
No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ” ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. (Acts 2:13-18)
Jesus gives hidden choice wine to those have a surrendered faith in Him on a daily basis. It looks like plain old water to some, but to those who willingly drink it is the choicest of wine.
To walk the walk with Jesus you will need His first miracle in your life as the demands of God are just too high without it. Without this wine, the Holy Spirit, Christianity is joyless. As a disciple surrenders, letting go to God’s will, the intoxicating effect of the Holy Spirit will make glad the heart. No wonder Paul wrote to Timothy, “be filled.”
Well, better put the glass down as this is enough trouble for one day.
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