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200. The Spirit to drink.

On the day of Pentecost, when the Spirit was poured out, they sounded as if they were drunk. 'Some 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: "... These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It's only nine in the morning! ..." ( Acts 2:13-15) They seemed to be in an inebriated (drunk; intoxicated) state, yet were in their proper senses! What was it that intoxicated them ? The new wine! ( Luke 5:38) Scriptures do speak of a drink. 'For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body ... and we are all given the one Spirit to drink.' ( 1 Corinthians 12:13) Ofcourse, Paul wrote this in the context of unity but it was the drink of the Spirit that brought about that oneness. Jesus desired this oneness and therefore he prayed: "That they may be one as we are one ... May they be brought to complete unity ..." (John 17:22-23) And it was answered on the day of Pentecost when 'all the believers were one in heart and mind' ( Acts 4:32), because they were drunk in the Spirit.

It is also called the living waters! Jesus had offered this drink to the Samaritan woman. ( John 4:10) Speaking of it, he said, "whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." (Vs14) On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and said in a loud voice, '"If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever comes to me, as the Scriptures has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.' (John 7:37-39) Now Jesus stands ready to pour out his Spirit. But are the vessels ready because, "no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. But no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, 'The old is better.'" ( Luke 5:37-39) Have you tasted the new wine? 'The master of the banquet tasted the water that had turned into wine. He did not realise where it had come from. Then he called the bridegroom aside 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!" ( John 2:9-10) The new wine that was poured out on the day of Pentecost, hasn't run out! Hallelujah! Amen.

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