Come from "Mixed" Wine – Redefined!

‘Who has woe? Who is sad? Who’s arguing? Who has complaints? Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? Proverbs 23:29-30

Traditional church teaching has led me in the past to believe that this passage is about one thing only, the consequences of earthly drunkenness. And I’m not here to dispute that fact. In fact, I’ve experienced this first hand, and countless times, and in more than one season of my life. So I’m here to tell anyone in doubt that the above laundry list of “symptoms” is exactly what you get when you experience earthy intoxication.

So with that being said, the purpose of this teaching is to move from spiritual grade school to adulthood, the place where we can see and know the deep things of God’s heart and mind!

However, as it is written:

“Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, and no human mind has devised” – the things that God has prepared for those who love him – these are the things that God has revealed to us through his Spirit. The Spirit searches ALL things, even the “deep” things of God. 2 Corinthians 2:9-10

Over the years I have learned the following truth:

When something happens in this kingdom of make-believe, a parallel is happening in the invisible kingdom of His beloved Son!

At this stage of spiritual maturity, is it possible that the focus of this passage is on more than just the effects of earthly drunkenness? Hopefully at this level of maturity we are no longer focusing on Christian behavior, but have we in fact moved beyond outer issues such as behavior to the core reasons for our existence here? Is it possible that this passage is about something more than just the status quo teaching, something much more powerful…something we haven’t even looked at in the past?

Who has woe, who has sorrow, who has strife?

This sounds to me like many believers who, without knowing or understanding their appointed resting place, are still trying to “do” something for God to gain His love or acceptance! (Hebrews 3:7-4:11)

Sincere brothers and sisters who genuinely love God, but believe that their lives are still theirs, and that their purpose in existence is to do a work…for God!

Jesus said, “I only do what I see my Father do!” (John 5:19)

Who was the One who did it, and more importantly, who is NOW the One… doing the work IN us?

For it is God who is at work in us, both to will and to do of His good pleasure! Philippians 2:13

And notice it doesn’t say it’s me and God, but rather He IN me!

The lie of all lies is that we live a separate existence apart from God! In fact, it is the original lie and you can find it in Genesis chapter 3!

Surely you will not die,” the serpent told the woman. “For God knows that if you eat of it, your eyes will be opened and you will be ‘like’ God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:4-5

The serpent actually said, if you “do,” you become… “like” God! And instead of becoming God, humanity inherited the ability to be “like” God. So much so that they could see both good and evil… just “like” God! And what we all ended up with is a complete departure from the truth of seeing God as the All IN ALL, while we were forced to settle for the infernal “mixed” bowls of wine! The “mixed” bowls that cause us to experience the same laundry list of symptoms as someone who drinks too much alcohol! And the reason we do that is because we still believe and hold on to the original lie, which is the lie of God…and! Not only have we believed it, but we have adopted it, and in adopting it, we have embraced it to the point of making it a graven image! And today we serve and worship “it” and call “it” God! Is it any wonder that the prophet proclaimed the following?

Has any nation ever changed its gods (yet they are not gods at all). But my people have exchanged their glory for worthless idols. Be astonished at this, O heavens, and be terrified, declares the LORD. My people have committed two sins:

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They have forsaken me, the (One) Fountain of Living Waters, and have dug (by their own strength) their own wells, broken wells that cannot hold water. Jeremiah 2:11-13

They may not hold water, but they do hold “to” something! What they cling to is the bowls of “mixed” wine, the false belief that we are here to work FOR God! What they cling to is a conditional and performance-based perception of God that is as far from the truth as the east is from the west!

It’s time for the people of God to stop trying to be good (why do you call me good?) and stop trying to be godly, and while we’re at it, stop trying to be “like” Christ! There is only One who can be like Christ and that is Christ Himself! Only Christ can live the Christian life!

We are here to proclaim one message, the same message that men and women have died for throughout time, and that is Christ IN us and as us! We are here (Christ IN us) to open the eyes of the blind and lead them to the God who loves them without performance conditions! We are here to proclaim the eternal sabbath rest for the people of God… (Colossians 1:26)

We are here to proclaim the Real Jesus, the Manna that neither we nor our fathers (in faith) have known before us. (Deuteronomy 8:16)

That, by the way, is… Christ IN you!

IN Him there is no “mixture” of any kind! There is no separation, deviation, division, denomination or condemnation! He is our only hope for glory!

Jesus is the pure Wine, the All IN All that fills everything in every way! And if He is the Vine, He is also the New Wine!

And unless (or until) the Body of Christ finally comes to the point of forsaking it all, and as Peter eats of His body and drinks of His blood (the New Wine), then we too can have no part IN Him! Unless we move from an external “arm’s length” relationship with Him to the internal, “open and exposed” place He desires, we will forever see ourselves as a house divided!

So let’s get away from vain religious forms of godliness that have no power! Let’s proclaim our absolute and total surrender to Christ as our Life! And in doing so, let us once and for all leave behind the bowls of “mixed” wine and enter the appointed place of rest that God has declared some must enter by faith! (Hebrews 4:6)

And not by our limited human faith, which is not faith at all, but by the unlimited expanse…which is the faith “of” the Son of God! (Galatians 2:20 KJV)

Bowls of “mixed” wine?

Yes, but NOW redefined as the “other gospel” of separation and division, doctrines of men that cause us to see more than God. And because we see more than Him, we are forced to see and believe things that are not real, just like someone who is thoroughly intoxicated.

Foreigner… one of my favorite classic rock bands from the ’70s, had a hit song that sums up where most are today in their relationship with God! Their best-selling song, titled “Double Vision,” describes what people experience when they drink way too much alcohol.

When we walk in separation, and a duality that still sees God as the distant God “above,” we have no choice but to walk in a form of that same “Dual Vision!”

Let’s see what James has to say about it;

But if he asks, he should believe and not doubt, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea tossed by the wind. That man should not think that he will receive anything from the Lord; -minded” man, and “unsteady” in everything he does. James 1:7-8

Unstable IN everything he does? Sounds like a symptom of earthly drunkenness to me, similar to that described in the Proverbs 23 passage above?

“Anyone who listens to the Word but does not (permit the Spirit) do as it says, is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. James 1:24

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He “forgets” what he looks like? Sounds like just another symptom of earthly drunkenness, doesn’t it?

And then I haven’t even covered the entire Proverbs 23 list.

What about the bruises, complaints and bloodshot eyes? Is this simply more of the “suffering” experienced by the believer who continues to taste the “mixed” bowls of wine we now know as the “mixed” message of grace plus law? The “not-so-good-news” of the “other” gospel? (2 Corinthians 11:4, Galatians 1:6)

And finally, Jesus Himself has something to say about “Double Vision”. And about seeing more than One, which is really what this “mixed wine” teaching is about.

No one can serve “two” masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. (or God and anything else for that matter) Mathew 6:24

The light of the body is the eye: therefore, when your eye is “single,” your whole body is also full of light; but when your eye is “evil” (or double), your body is also full of darkness. Therefore beware that the light that is IN you is not darkness. Luke 11:34-35

All of the above passages have to do with seeing more than God, or tasting bowls of “mixed” wine. So, since we know the truth NOW, let’s commit ourselves to see… God Alone NOW… IN all things.

Moreover, God promises to bring the necessary clarity so that we can see exactly as He sees.

“All of us who are adults should have this view of things, and if you think otherwise on some point, God will make that clear too, let us live only by what we have already achieved.” Philippians 3:15-16