“And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.” (John 2:10)
The wine the Lord Jesus Christ made for the wedding feast was the best wine anyone there had, and probably ever would experience in their lives.
“Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.” (Prov. 9:5)
“For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.” (Luke 22:18)
Some people who smoke cigarettes and fine cigars will say it is a sin to drink alcoholic beverages, many who dress modestly in public have no problem not dressing so at the beach, they watch their words in church, but throw curse words into their daily conversations without any qualms whatsoever. Sunday, for at least an hour or so in the morning, is a “special time,” while the rest of the week they reserve for themselves.
Saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, yet either weaker brothers and sisters in Christ, unlearned in certain areas of the Scriptures, or those only professing Him with their lips?
The majority of people in every nation will confess that they believe in God, many will claim to be Christians, their supposed Christianity rests not on the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ though, but in an adherence, and that loosely, to a certain set of moral standards which they themselves have concocted. They believe these actions, or inactions, which they have imposed upon themselves will find favor in the eyes of the Almighty and will grant them access into His eternal Kingdom.
They are wrong.
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
Obey what? If you are a slave to Christ, hid in Him, then there are certain rules, commandments given by our Savior that you are to adhere to, the word “obey” infers such. Obedience to these commandments is not just required, it reveals to us and to others who we call Master. You are not to pick and choose, you are not to impose one upon yourself and deny the others, they are not done as proof, but in acknowledgment.
They are done solely out of a love for Him who first loved us, never as an obligation. They are self-imposed, never forced upon us.
Those who love the Lord obey the Lord.
Do you believe the Most High cares whether or not you have an occasional alcoholic drink? What does the Scriptures say about drunkards?
What of your language? “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.” (James 1:26)
Your attire? Your attitude? What of your thoughts?
It is quite easy to fall into the Law of works, doing this but not doing that, depending on the current company you are in, depending on the circumstances.
Weaker brother or unchanged heart?
Can one who claims to be born-again serve only in part, following Him, but not fully? Can you only partially die to self? Can you crucify yourself?
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
The Holy Spirit will only transform you if you allow Him to, no one is forced to serve Christ in this life, no one can choose the times and seasons when they will be a slave to the Almighty. Everything or nothing, and that only by your free will to accept all.
“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” (Romans 6:14)
Love for the Lord Jesus Christ will lead you to the knowledge of what it means to obey Him, a desire to see the name of the Living God exalted above the heavens will transform your mind and your heart.
Do you know what it means to obey?