Full Indeed

Sometimes people stumble upon speaking truth without truly knowing what they’ve said.

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Acts 2:13 – Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.

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It was the day of Pentecost.  Being fully come, Holy Ghost was poured out by God from heaven, and 120 people in the upper room were immediately transformed into sons of God and filled with Holy Ghost, speaking in tongues as Holy Ghost gave utterance.  This was noised abroad, and when the great crowd of more than 3,000 gathered, many said that the “transformed, filled ones” were drunk on new wine.  Of course, Peter corrected that assumption.  He did not say they were not drunk, but that their apparent altered state was not the result of “new wine.”  Something far greater and longer lasting had entered into those who now in a completely altered state.

It was in these moments immediately following the arrival of Holy Ghost that many things happened for the first time.  Men and women were born again, for Holy Spirit, the agent of the new birth, had just arrived.  They were filled with that same Spirit and began to speak with tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.  Jesus had fulfilled His promise.  He had prayed for Father to send Holy Spirit.  The Words of John Baptist were fulfilled.  One whose shoes he was not worthy to “stoop down and unloose” had come after John.  And now, being raised from the dead, glorified, and seated on Father’s right hand, He had become the “Baptizer in Holy Ghost.”  And on that Pentecost day morning, He had engaged in that role for the first time, filling those in the upper room.  And though the Scriptures do not clearly state it, I am sure that the 3,000 who were added to the Church at the close of Peter’s first sermon were themselves likewise filled, for the “Baptizer” was still present and He never changes.  He fulfilled His promise to all who believed, and He still does.

The Scriptures tell us in proverbs that greeting someone with a loud, boisterous, overly energetic voice in the early morning is not a good thing.  No doubt, those who heard this that was “noised abroad” considered such to be an indication that those involved were drunk with new wine.  Their judgment was indicated in their words, that those they had witnessed were “full of new wine.”  While they were NOT filled (drunk) with new wine as natural men knew, THEY WERE INDEED, FULL OF NEW WINE.  And OH, the difference in the way things would now be!  EVERY believer, a priest; EVERY believer, a king; EVERY believer, an able minister of the New Covenant; EVERY believer, an heir of God and a joint-heir of Christ; EVERY believer, redeemed from the curse of the law; EVERY believer, empowered by Holy Spirit to live out that life to the glory of God.  FULL, INDEED!

Manna for Today – Acts 2:1-21; John 2:1-12

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