Symbolic Meaning of Wine


We know 'wine' is symbolic of the 'blood of Christ'.

    Matt   26:27   Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it
                   to them, saying, 'Drink from it, all of you.
             :28   For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is
                   shed for many for the remission of sins.

However, 'wine' is also symbolic of 'teaching'.

    Matt    9:17  "Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins, or else
                   the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the
                   wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new
                   wineskins, and both are preserved."

    Luke    5:39  "And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires
                   new; for he says, 'The old is better'."

Christ is stating that one can not easily place new teaching into someone
who has grown accustomed to old teaching.

The question we have to ask is,

    'In the Lord's Supper, is the 'blood of Christ', being used by
     Scripture as a symbol for 'teaching'?

To help us answer this question we need to consider the bread. In
the prior page it was noted that the bread of the Lord's Supper was
'unleavened'. The following helps explain the symbolism of bread
made without leaven.

    Matt   16:6    Then Jesus said to them, 'Take heed and beware of
                   the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.'
             :8    ... O you of little faith ...
             :11   How is it you do not understand ...
             :12   Then they understood that He did not tell them to
                   beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine
                   of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

                   [ Many have been taught 'leaven' equates to 'sin',
                     but as this verse shows it equates to 'doctrine'
                     or 'teaching'. Depending on the context the
                     teaching maybe that of man or that of God. ]

The bread of the Lord's Supper represented bread without 'teaching'!
For this reason it was necessary to include in the Lord's Supper an
entity which would symbolise 'teaching', hence the addition of the

This helps us to understand Christ's message; 

    Matt   26:28   For this is My blood [My teaching] of the new
                   covenant, which is shed [poured forth] for
                   many for the [purpose of bringing] remission
                   [forgiveness] of sins.

Scripture confirms this viewpoint.

    Heb    10:16   This is the covenant that I will make with
                   them after those days, says the LORD: I will put
                   My laws into their hearts, and in their minds
                   I will write them,
             :17   then He adds, "Their sins and their lawless
                   deeds I will remember no more".

Realizing 'blood' equals 'teaching' also helps us understand Christ's
following comment.

    Matt   26:29   But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit
                   of the vine from now on until that day when I
                   drink it new with you in My Fathers kingdom.'

    Luke   22:15   Then He said to them, 'With fervent desire I have
                   desired to eat this Passover with you before I
             :16   for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until
                   it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God'.

We have here an assurance that no more words or teaching would be
presented before the people of God, other than those present in the
Old and New Testaments, prior to the establishment of the kingdom
of God.

[ NB: For many centuries fundamental Christianity has considered the
      shedding of Christ's literal blood was what brought forgiveness
      of sins. However, what really brings forgiveness of sin is the
      adoption of the teachings of Christ. ]

Christ was instructing His disciples to, DRINK HIS TEACHINGS.


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