Pentecost Snippets Part 3

There is this interesting exchange between the Jews from other nations and the Apostles in Jerusalem. Here the Apostles are, Jesus has ascended and mighty wind has come upon them bearing tongues of fire upon their heads, and then the Apostles start speaking in languages they did not know.

The gathered men are astounded, how is Thaddeus speaking Egyptian? Well, some of the guys gathered around decided that all the Apostles are simply drunk, and the Scriptures tell us, “12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? 13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.” And then Peter steps forward to speak to all these men and he says, “They are not drunk as you suppose.” Notice, Peter does not say that these men are not drunk. He says that they are not drunk as you suppose, Acts 2:12-15. Now why did the mockers say that these men are full of new wine? Why not just say that they are drunk on wine? Why did the Holy Spirit record that detail?

The answer is that the Apostles are filled with new wine.

Let’s backtrack a little bit. In Matthew 9:14-17, Jesus has a conversation about wine. You cannot put new wine into old wine skins because they will burst. You need to put new wine into new wine skins to preserve both. The old wine skin is the old covenant Israel. The new wine skin is the new covenant Israel, the church. The old wine skin did not want the new wine, the Holy Spirit, this is why they crucified the Lord of Glory. But God makes men new, and if you remember, Christ breathed on His disciples before He ascended into heaven giving them the Holy Spirit (John 20:22). These men are new wine skins receiving the new wine from heaven. No, they are not drunk as you suppose, but they are filled up.

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