Drink the Spirit

Revelation 22:1, “And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb in the middle of its street.” In the center of New Jerusalem, the river of water of life proceeds out of the throne of God the Father and Christ the Redeeming Lamb. Two of the Trinity are clearly identified, but where is the Third? The Third, the Spirit, is the river (John 7:38-39)!

The Spirit as the river is for us to drink. First Corinthians 12:13 says, “For also in one Spirit we were all baptized into one Body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and were all given to drink one Spirit.” In God’s creation, it is normal for humans to drink water many times a day.
This should be a reminder to us to drink the Spirit.

In 1 Corinthians 12:13 our position for drinking is in the one Body. Each one of us is given the Spirit to drink yet our drinking is in and for the Body. Furthermore, in 1 Corinthians 12 the outcome of drinking the Spirit is our functioning as members of Christ’s Body (v. 14-22) and the blending and mutual concern of all the members (v. 23-27). Our blending together and our harmonious functioning is equal to the building up of the Body of Christ (Ephesians 4:16). This portion of 1 Corinthians shows us the Spirit as our daily life supply for our being built together. The end result of this building process is New Jerusalem. Even though the building work has been completed by Revelation 22, the Spirit continues to flow eternally to maintain the entire city in the newness of God.

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  1. amen! How wonderful it is, brother, to see the river flowing all the way from the beginning to the end of the Scriptures! From Genesis through the Psalms and Ezekiel, then in the New Testament the Lord Jesus clearly speaks of rivers of water of life… and then in the New Jerusalem, praise the Lord, there’s the river of water of life!

    And right there, in 1 Cor, we see that we were given to drink of the One Spirit! Oh, Lord, today in every situation, keep us drinking of You as the Spirit! Thank You, Lord, we were put into the Spirit and now we can drink of the Spirit!

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