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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

From Wine to Whip

When [Jesus] had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers' money and overturned the tables.
from John 2:14-17 (NKJV)

Jesus' debut miracle of wine manifested His glory. We next see Jesus performing His first cleansing of God's temple—the place for His glory to dwell.

Jesus will return in three years on a donkey's foal and repeat the cleansing. This time He is riding a whip. He has just been baptized with water. In three years He will be baptized with fire.

Jesus' invitation to share His covenant cup of wine and fellowship includes a mandate for cleansing. Baptism comes in both water and fire.

It all comes back to having a purified temple for God's glory to dwell.

Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.
~ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NKJV)

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