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Drinking: What did Jesus say about Drinking Alcohol

Jesus’s direct statements about drinking alcohol are not extensively recorded in the Bible. However, the Bible does include references to wine and drinking, offering a nuanced view that includes both positive and negative aspects. Here are some relevant verses and takeaways:

Relevant Bible Verses

  1. John 2:1-11 – Jesus turns water into wine at the wedding at Cana, which is his first recorded miracle. This indicates that drinking wine, in itself, is not considered sinful, as Jesus contributed to the celebration by providing wine.
  2. Matthew 26:29 – During the Last Supper, Jesus shares wine with His disciples, referring to it as “my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” This establishes a significant religious symbolism to wine in the context of Christian faith.
  3. Ephesians 5:18 – “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.” Here, Paul, speaking to the followers of Jesus, emphasizes moderation and warns against the excess that leads to a loss of control.

Three Main Takeaways

  1. Moderation is Key – The Bible does not prohibit drinking alcohol but consistently warns against drunkenness and the loss of control that comes with it. The emphasis is on self-control and moderation.
  2. Understanding the Context – In biblical times, wine was a common part of daily life and celebrations. Jesus’s participation in these customs, such as turning water into wine, highlights the cultural context without necessarily promoting excessive drinking.
  3. Spiritual Priorities – The New Testament encourages believers to focus on spiritual fulfillment rather than seeking satisfaction or escape through physical means like alcohol. Ephesians 5:18 contrasts being filled with wine with being filled with the Spirit, guiding believers towards spiritual priorities.

In conclusion, Jesus’s teachings and the broader biblical narrative suggest a balanced approach to alcohol that allows for moderate use while cautioning against overindulgence and the potential negative consequences associated with it. The focus is always on maintaining a life that honors God and keeps one’s self-control intact.


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