Drinking In the Spirit
The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 1 Corinthians 10:16 NKJV
On the night that Jesus was betrayed, at the “Last Supper”, sitting around a table with His disciples, while they were eating, “Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body. Then He took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matt. 26:26-28). You’ve heard the expressions: dancing in the spirit; singing in the spirit; and, praise and worshipping in the spirit. What about drinking in the spirit?
Communion (koinonia, Greek word) is fellowship, participation, partnership, and social intercourse, i.e., pleasant and sweet companionship with the Lord. When you partake of the Lord’s cup in communion, you are drinking in the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:13). To drink the blood of Christ is to spiritually imbibe and ingest His life, blessings and influence.
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Lev. 17:11) and Jesus said that, “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30).Moreover, He said that “God is a Spirit” (John 4:24). When partaking of the wine in communion, the Holy Spirit is drank by covenant-keeping believers (Matt. 26:26) and also by believers who thirst to be filled with the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39).
Drinking in the Spirit was one of keys to the immeasurable success of the Early Church (See Acts 2:37-47). Both verses 42 and 46 reference communion as “breaking bread.” This term stood for celebration of the Lord’s Supper—proclaiming the Lord’s death— breaking bread and drinking of the cup. Naturally drinking too much wine can get you drunk. So, can it be so that drinking in the Spirit can also get you spiritually drunk? (Eph. 5:18).