“…And we were all give the one Spirit to drink.” 1 Corinthians 12:13
What does it mean to drink the Holy Spirit? In 1 Corinthians 12:13, the Apostle Paul writes that all believers have been given the Holy Spirit to drink. The original Greek word for “given a drink” literally means, “to irrigate.” When you irrigate a piece of ground you saturate it with water. What Paul is teaching here is that not only have all believers been placed in the Body of Christ, but the Holy Spirit has also been placed into all believers. We have all been irrigated and saturated with the Holy Spirit of God.
This irrigation of the Holy Spirit is why there should always be unity in the Church regardless of our diversity – because we are all in Jesus and His Spirit is in all of us. It is the Holy Spirit in us that builds us together. Here is how this works. The Holy Spirit wants to draw each of us deeper into Jesus every day. The closer I get to Jesus and the closer you get to Jesus, the closer we will be to each other.
If you are not a believer in Jesus, if you have never given your life to Christ you need to understand something. You may have been christened, you may have been confirmed, you may have been catechized, you may have been baptized in a lake, a pond, or a baptistery, you may have your membership, your name on somebody’s church role, or official document, but you are not part of God’s True Church – the Body of Christ. Only the Holy Spirit can make that happen for you. The moment you place your faith in Jesus Christ and turn from your sin, the Spirit will baptize you into the True Church and you will always belong to Jesus.
If you are a follower of Jesus Christ you have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. At the moment you believed in the Son of God, you were baptized by the Spirit of God, into the Church of God. If that is true of you, you should walk like it, talk like it, live like it, give like it, worship like it, obey like it, and serve like it. If the Holy Spirit is alive in your life, it will show.
Christians are not just a bunch of individuals that come together to hang out and worship together on Sunday mornings. We are one Body. We have been baptized by one Spirit into the one Body of Jesus. Jesus’ words to His followers in John 13:35 say it all: “By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”
Application: Has your soul been irrigated by the Spirit of God?
Topics: Holy Spirit