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Wine in Greek oinos means of the vine, grape juice fermented or unfermented

Jesus was born a king. Matthew 2 verse 2. He is the king of Israel (the 12 tribes) John 12 verse 13, and He is the Word of God, John 1 verse 14. He was also without sin prior to the crucifixion. If Jesus drank alcoholic wine, He would have been at odds with dozens of scriptures which express the sinfulness of drinking alcoholic wine. For example, Proverbs 20 verse 1, “WINE is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise” Jesus is all wisdom; He would not drink alcoholic wine. Proverbs 31 verse 4, “It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine nor for princes strong drink.” Jesus is the King of Kings, to be a wine drinker would mean He is not a King.

The wedding at Cana, the wine was fresh grape juice. First century Judeo culture was pious, alcoholic wine also had a much lower alcohol content, anyone drinking this wine not diluted at least three parts water to one part wine, was frowned upon. A wedding celebration often lasted a week. Wine was mixed with water for taste like a cordial and helped disinfect the water. It had virtually no alcoholic content or affect. The good wine served at the beginning of celebrations, is the fresh grape juice not needing to be diluted, full of flavour and energy from the sugar. It contained vitamins, being good nutrition. The wine Jesus made was the good wine, the Greek word used is kalos indicating morally excellent. Jesus did not make 144 gallons of alcoholic wine for men women and children of whom he would have been morally responsible for. Proverbs 31 verse 6 “Give strong drink to him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those who are of heavy hearts.” (tired of living), Jesus gives things that pertain to life not death.

Some say Jesus was a winebibber, Matthew 11 verse 19, this passage of scripture starts in Matthew 11 verse 16, the children of this generation, being the Pharisees and the Sadducees, were supposed to be the children of God. Matthew 11 verse 17, they refused the ministry of Jesus and John the Baptist. Matthew 11 verse 18 “For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil,” Matthew11 verse 7 tells us John was in the wilderness and people went to see him, he neither ate or drank with the general populous. They say (the Pharisees), He has a devil. Matthew 11 verse 19 “The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans (tax collectors) and sinners.” Jesus associated and preached to the locals, see Matthew 11 verse 4, they say (the Pharisees), He is a winebibber (drinker of alcoholic wine) and a glutton, the Pharisees knew Proverbs 23 verse 19 and 20 says not to keep company with winebibbers or the gluttonous. The poor were neither winebibbers or gluttonous they were however the poorer children of Israel and they had the wisdom to listen to Jesus who was going to justify them. See did John have a devil? No! Did Jesus drink alcoholic wine, categorically no! The last part of Matthew 11 verse 19 says “But wisdom is justified of her children”. Wisdom is the application of knowledge, the children in this case the Pharisees, had applied their scriptural knowledge, to try and discredit Jesus, in an attempt to justify their own position of authority. Those who say Jesus drank alcoholic wine, like the Pharisees, are in opposition to Jesus. Oh how things have not changed Christendom!

I Timothy 3 verse 3, Bishops are told not to be given to wine, I Timothy 3 verse 8 the deacons are told not to be given to much wine”, the Greek word for much in this verse is Pŏlus, meaning (in any respect). The context is not about quantity, but about emphasising not to drink alcoholic wine. This is re-iterated in verse 11. Here the wives of the deacons are instructed to be sober. The Greek word here for sober is nēphalĕŏs, meaning not to drink wine. It comes from the Greek word nēphō, meaning abstain from wine, (be sober). Be sober here is not in regards to being watchful, but means to abstain from any intoxicants, (Vines Bible Dictionary).

Titus 2 verse 2, aged men be sober, the Greek here again is nēphalĕŏs, from the Greek word nēphō, abstain from wine, be sober. In verse 3, the aged women along with other things are instructed to be “not given to much wine”, this is the same context as when Paul addressed the deacons. He is not saying, aged men must abstain from drinking wine but aged women can have a little bit, in both cases he is emphasising the point not to partake.

The Apostles Paul and Peter both point out salvation is in the balance when it comes to intoxicants. Those who consider themselves mature Christians should know that the Bible warns against the consumption of alcohol. For example, the Greek word for drunkenness found in the works of the flesh is a noun, mĕthē, and means any intoxicant. Young’s Literal Translation of the Bible says drunkennesses, meaning anything intoxicating.

The word sober appears 12 times in the epistles, 6 times the root word in the Greek is sōphrōn, meaning, of sound mind, to exercise self control. The other 6 uses are the Greek word nēphō, we have already seen two examples of its use in 1Timothy and in Titus. The exact meaning of nēphō given in the hard copy Strong’s Concordance is, to abstain from wine (be sober). The first use of the word is found in I Thessalonians 5 verse 6 and 8. The double reference to intoxication in verse 7 clearly shows drinking wine is the issue the Apostle Paul is addressing. Let’s quote verses 6, 7 and 8 with the exact meaning of the word nēphō used. “Therefore let us not sleep as do others; but let us watch and abstain from wine. For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that be drunken (intoxicated) are drunken in the night, but let us, who are of the day, abstain from wine, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.” As Proverb 20 verse 1 says, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”The Apostles reference “to the hope of salvation” in verse 8 and strong warning in verse 9 clearly shows what is at stake. Sober is only found in the New Testament and the word nēphō is used only when addressing people who are part of the body of Christ.

Our society is reeling due to alcohol. It costs the community billions of dollars each year. Millions are addicted, and recent 2010 and 2011 studies show that any amount of alcohol increases the chance of breast cancer in women by 22%, and 1 in 10 cancers in men are already attributed to alcohol. Mental damage can occur in one drinking session, especially in the young who feel the effect less, so drink more, increasing the chance of damage and addiction. 1Corinthians 3 verses 16 and 17 tells us we are the temple of God and not to defile it. Those filled with the Holy Spirit are called to be examples if they want to be saved by grace.

After addressing the issue of drinking in 1 Peter 4 verse1 to 5 the Apostle says in 1 Peter 5 verse 8 “Abstain from wine nēphō, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil,(opposition) as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”. Don’t be deceived.

All alcoholics and all alcohol problems start with one drink. True love is example. Those walking in the Spirit praying in tongues, reading the Bible ,trusting in God, are obliged to warn their brethren, not to partake of intoxicants, and cease fellowship ( communion) with those who refuse the apostles doctrine.

In 1 Peter 1 verse 13 and 14 the Apostle Peter tells us to think about what we are doing, he tells us to abstain from wine nēphō, walk in the grace given by the revelation of Jesus Christ (you know what is right) and be obedient children not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts.

When filled with the Holy Spirit you are the tabernacle of God. 1Corinthians 3vs16: Leviticus 10 vs 9 is the perfect summary. “Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations.

All references are from the King James Bible unless indicated otherwise.

Gods Plan The Invasion of Gog and Magog Ephisians 5 Matthew 24 Spirit of Divination Alcohol According To the Apostles Doctrine The Man Who Baptised a Nation