Monday, October 07, 2013

Drink!


1 Corinthians 11:25 (NKJV) In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."

The word drink in the New Testament has an interesting meaning. It comes from a Greek word pronounced Pino. The best English translation for this Greek word is Imbibe (1).

According to Dictionary.com (2), imbibe means:

1. Drink (alcohol)
2. Absorb or assimilate (ideas or knowledge): "propaganda you imbibed in your youth".

At the last supper, the night of Jesus' arrest, He instructed the disciples to imbibe from the cup while remembering Him. When we partake of the cup we are supposed to remember what Jesus has done for us. We are to remember how He loves us.

He provides a means for us to guard our thinking. We just have to know He loves us. He paid a huge price to prove it. Every time we have communion, He wants us to absorb this into our mind.

The Bible says in Mark 16:18, "they [the believer] will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."

According to this verse, the believer shall take up serpents. Serpents are the enemies we face (Lu. 10:19). The serpents will try to poison our minds (through imbibing), but it will not harm us.

So how do we protect our thoughts?

The Bible says in Hebrews 9:14, "how much more shall the blood of Christ ... cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" The blood of Christ protects our thoughts through communion.

Every time I drink the cup, I ponder what it means. I remember how much He loves me. It fills my mind with light (good thoughts); dark can not exist in the light.

When you drink the cup of communion---imbibe it!

Be blessed.
(1) Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionary, copyright 1890 by James Strong, MADISON, NJ. Strong’s number, G4095.

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