The Spiritual Significance of the Drink Offering – Part 1

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Drink Offering Part 1: Introduction

[Study Aired July 20, 2020]

In this study of the drink offering we will look at how the Lord’s meat offering and His drink offering both signify the work of grace in our lives by which we are being saved (Eph 2:8). That work of grace is the wrath of God against the kingdom of our old man and his father (Satan), both of whom the Lord is intent upon destroying.

Together with Christ we drink the cup that destroys the man of perdition within us by the brightness of His coming (Mat 20:23, 2Th 2:8, Php 4:13, Php 4:19).

Mat 20:23  And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

Our old man initially persecutes Christ (Act 22:8) just as Saul of Tarsus who represents the natural heart of man which is filled with enmity being against God (Rom 8:7) and who must be destroyed and crushed by the seven last plagues (Rev 15:8), which destruction brings about the birth of the new man within us (Joh 12:24, Gal 3:16).

When we “drink indeed of my cup” and are “baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with” that Christ said His disciples would experience, we become that drink offering as we fill up that drink offering throughout our lives by filling up what is behind of the afflictions of Christ “for his body’s sake, which is the church” (Col 1:24).

Col 1:24  Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

This verse in Corinthians (1Co 10:16) sums up the point for us as to why we come together as the body of Christ, the church, his flesh and bones (Eph 5:30), and when we read of the communion of the blood of Christ (Mat 26:26-29) or the body of Christ, we are once again talking about the work of grace they represent in our lives (Joh 6:48-58).

1Co 10:16  The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ [drink offering]? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ [meat offering]?

Eph 5:30  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Mat 26:26  And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
Mat 26:27  And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
Mat 26:28  For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Joh 6:48  I am that bread of life.
Joh 6:49  Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
Joh 6:50  This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
Joh 6:51  I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world [Lev 17:11].

Lev 17:11  For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

Joh 6:52  The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?
Joh 6:53  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
Joh 6:54  Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
Joh 6:55  For my flesh is meat indeed [meat offering], and my blood is drink indeed [drink offering].
Joh 6:56  He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
Joh 6:57  As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.
Joh 6:58  This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.

Sanctified first as a kind of first fruits:

There is an order to the sanctification process of God’s creation, starting with the elect who are the first to be sanctified (Mat 22:14) with the drink offering Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins within us (Col 1:27-28, Rom 9:8, Rom 8:9). All that is in the world within us is being sanctified by that drink offering and this is the means that God devised to redeem His banished (Joh 17:17, 1Jn 2:16, 1Jn 2:2, 2Sa 14:14).

Joh 17:17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

1Jn 2:2  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

2Sa 14:14  For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.

Laying up store for others:

Those living waters are being stored up within us now so we in turn can be sent forth to bring healing into a world (Rev 22:1-4) where there is no stay of bread or water (Joh 7:37-38, Isa 3:1). Others will be drawn to Christ in us when the thirst for those living waters is given (Joh 6:44, Joh 4:10-14) in God’s appointed time. Christ “gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” who are being given the power to lay down their life (Rom 12:1-2) and as such are connected to the drink offering Jesus Christ (Tit 2:14, Joh 3:15-16).

Rev 22:1  And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
Rev 22:2  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Rev 22:3  And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
Rev 22:4  And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

Joh 7:37  In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Joh 7:38  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

Isa 3:1  For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread [no meat offering], and the whole stay of water [no drink offering],

Joh 6:44  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Joh 4:10  Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
Joh 4:11  The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
Joh 4:12  Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
Joh 4:13  Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
Joh 4:14  But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life [1Jn 4:17].

1Jn 4:17  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2  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.

Tit 2:14  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Joh 3:15  That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

All increase comes from God at an appointed time:

The seed of God’s word lays dormant in our hearts until God gives the increase (1Co 3:6-7), and our Father in heaven has purposed already all the seasons to unfold according to the counsel of His will (Eph 1:11). Symbolically, the early and latter rain represent the sanctification process all men in time will experience, “that God may be all in all.” (Joe 2:23, Jas 5:7, Luk 21:19, Luk 8:15, 1Co 15:28, Mat 26:29)]

1Co 3:6  I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
1Co 3:7  So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

Joe 2:23  Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.

Jas 5:7  Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

Luk 21:19  In your patience possess ye your souls.

Luk 8:15  But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

1Co 15:28  And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

Mat 26:29  But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom [Luk 17:21, Eph 1:14].

Continue to abide in Christ:

If we continue to be granted to abide in Christ (Joh 6:44), then we will be nourished by the destruction of ‘our old man and his father’ (Num 14:9), and the truth will set us free (Joh 8:31-32, Joh 14:6, Mat 21:44).

Joh 6:44  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Num 14:9  Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.

Joh 8:31  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
Joh 8:32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life [Joh 6:53]: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Joh 6:53  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life [Mat 8:22] in you. [the meat offering and drink offering]

Mat 8:22  But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

Mat 21:44  And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

Lessons from Ephesians tied to the drink offering:

Now let’s look at chapter five of Ephesians (Eph 5:1-33) as a kind of opening statement for us to understand what it means to walk in love, and how that love is formed through the chastening and scourging of our Father as we are received through Christ and given the strength through our Lord through whom we can endure all things (Heb 12:6, 1Jn 3:1, Php 4:13) to fill up what is behind of his afflictions (Col 1:24) becoming that filled-up drink offering for one another as we learn obedience by the things that we suffer through the Lord’s pruning of His vineyard, his bride (Joh 15:1-8), who he is making ready to reveal to all the world one day (Rev 19:7).

Eph 5:1  Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
Eph 5:2  And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us [Rom 12:1-2] an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

[Our apprehension or understanding of our communion in Christ grows as we are nourished by the meat offering and drink offering that is destroying our old man even while Christ in us is increasing (Joh 3:30).]

Joh 3:30  He must increase, but I must decrease.

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service [presented as a meat offering and a drink offering through Christ].
Rom 12:2  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.

Eph 5:3  But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
Eph 5:4  Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
Eph 5:5  For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Eph 5:6  Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Eph 5:7  Be not ye therefore partakers with them [2Co 6:17].

2Co 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2Co 6:18  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Rom 8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Rom 8:36  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter [a meat offering and a drink offering through Christ].
Rom 8:37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us [Rom 5:10].

Rom 5:10  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son [The first goat, the meat offering and drink offering of Christ’s life (Lev 4:24, Lev 16:9)], much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life [The second goat sent into the wilderness to be a living sacrifice through Christ who nourishes us through our trials so we can be partakers of the meat offering and drink offering through Him (Lev 16:21)].

Rom 8:38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom 8:39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Eph 5:8  For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
Eph 5:9  (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

[That fruit of the spirit is growing as we mature by partaking of the meat offering and drink offering within our communion in the church which is Christ’s body]

Eph 5:10  Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord [Heb 5:14, Pro 31:6].

Heb 5:14  But strong meat [the meat offering] belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Pro 31:6  Give strong drink [the drink offering] unto him that is ready to perish [1Co 15:31], and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.

1Co 15:31  I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

Eph 5:11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
Eph 5:12  For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
Eph 5:13  But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light [1Co 11:19].

1Co 11:19  For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

Eph 5:14  Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
Eph 5:15  See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
Eph 5:16  Redeeming the time, because the days are evil [Act 20:31, Psa 90:12, Luk 21:36].

Act 20:31  Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

Psa 90:12  So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Luk 21:36  Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.[Clearly God is telling us some will be counted worthy through Christ to escape all these things that shall come to pass through the grace and faith given and others will not.]

Eph 5:17  Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

[How we can know the will of God (1Pe 4:1-2, 1Jn 2:16-17, 1Pe 2:24, Gal 2:20)?]

1Pe 4:1  Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: [the meat offering and drink offering] for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
1Pe 4:2  That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

1Jn 2:16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
1Jn 2:17  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

1Pe 2:24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins [Rom 6:11], should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

Rom 6:11  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Eph 5:18  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;  [Be filled with the meat offering and drink offering by understanding the will of God and fulfilling it through Jesus Christ.]
Eph 5:19  Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Eph 5:20  Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Eph 5:21  Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
Eph 5:22  Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord [Pouring out our life as a drink offering for each other as a joint that supplies in love (Eph 4:16)].
Eph 5:23  For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. [Pouring out our life as a drink offering for each other as a joint that supplies in love (Eph 4:16)]
Eph 5:24  Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
Eph 5:25  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it [as a meat offering and a drink offering];
Eph 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word [as a meat offering and a drink offering],
Eph 5:27  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Eph 5:28  So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
Eph 5:29  For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
Eph 5:30  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
Eph 5:31  For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh [Made one through the meat offering and drink offering (Col 1:24, Col 1:27]

Col 1:24  Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

Col 1:27  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

[The hope of being able to go from glory to glory (2Co 3:18) through Jesus Christ as we fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in our flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church.]

Eph 5:32  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

[This relationship, is the great mystery that is specific to Christ and the church today, and the means by which we will be able to learn to have a righteous relationship with our Father and Christ and His body is laid out for us in: 1Pe 4:17, 1Jn 4:17, Isa 26:9, Joh 17:3. Judgment is upon us so we can become bold as lions who are connected to the King of kings and the Lord of lords of the Lion of the tribe of Judah (Rev 19:16, Rev 5:5, 1Jn 4:18].

1Pe 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

1Jn 4:17  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

Isa 26:9  With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

Joh 17:3  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Rev 19:16  And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Rev 5:5  And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

1Jn 4:18  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Eph 5:33  Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

The only way we can become a mature drink offering or meat offering connected to our head Jesus Christ, whom we “reverence”, is to go through this process described in John 15:1-10 which requires that we abide in Christ all of our life, enduring through the chastening process and pruning process so that we can “bring forth more fruit”. As a result of that stedfast spirit that causes us to look diligently to the Lord, we can “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen” (2Pe 3:18). He has given His children this blessing in this age to be able to drink this cup of suffering as we are received as sons and daughters whom He loves (Heb 12:6, 1Jn 3:1).

Heb 12:6  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

1Jn 3:1  Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

We are made clean through the word Christ spoke to us (Joh 15:3), but we must continue to abide in that word and see the continual need for this process of overcoming and enduring unto the end (Joh 15:4), as we lose our life so we can gain the new life of Christ which is formed and fashioned through Him and His body as we “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Php 3:14-15).

Boasting is excluded in the life of God’s elect (Rom 3:27) as we present our lives a living sacrifice being poured out through a lifetime of going where the Lord would have us go by faith (Rom 8:14). It is there we will meet “Simon, a Cyrenian” (Luk 23:26) in each other on this narrow road where we are called to a lifetime of bearing each other’s burdens, so we can fulfill the law of Christ and bring forth much fruit as a result of abiding in Him (Gal 2:20, Luk 23:26).

Joh 15:3  Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
Joh 15:4  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Luk 23:26  And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.

Gal 6:2  Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Gal 6:3  For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

I hope to present a couple more studies on the drink offering that will go into both the old and new covenant examples. I pray these studies will help explain how God has devised a means, through the body of Christ (2Sa 14:14), to wash all the world with the living waters which represent the drink offering of Christ’s life that is being formed in us so we can be sent as those living waters to bringing healing to the nations (Joh 17:16-17).

2Sa 14:14  For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.

Joh 17:16  They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Joh 17:17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Joh 17:18  As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
Joh 17:19  And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
Joh 17:20  Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

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