The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? ...Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.  -- 1 Cor. 10:16-21


Most Protestants, most Calvinistic (Sovereign Grace Baptists), and the Catholics argue for alcoholic wine in the Lord’s supper (or Lord’s breakfast as some practice it ). There is a clear physical and spiritual difference between their cup and our cup, their wine and our wine, the cup of the Lord and the cup of devils, the table of the Lord and the table of devils.

Some of their number have gone so far, as to enlist the services of a chemist, to prove that fresh juice contains leaven and is impure and unfit to symbolize the Lord’s blood, as opposed to alcoholic wine, of which the leaven is chemically spent. The truth of the matter is that leaven is not found in the meat or juice of the grape. Leaven spores are airborne and come from the world; they collect on the grape’s outer skin and can be washed off. Still, the Lord pronounces the “blood of the Grape” as “pure” (Deut 32:14).  Albeit, how  do our friends handle the amoeba/protozoa infested “water” in the N.T.  that symbolizes the Holy Spirit?)

Saturated or Intoxicated?


When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper. For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. 1 Cor. 11:20-21


And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken . . .—Ezek. 39:19

I will make mine arrows drunk with blood ... Deut. 32:42


. . . the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood ...—Jer. 46:10

And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus . . .—Rev. 17:6

It is strange that folks, looking for an excuse to intoxicate and/or to use alcoholic wine in the Lord’s supper, will run to 1 Cor. 11:21, especially since verse 20 says this is NOT to eat the Lord’s supper. Whatever the Corinthians were doing, it was wrong and Paul is rebuking them, not commending them. The question is, “Were they intoxicated?” If they were, they brought the hootch to the church (B.Y.O.B); the church didn’t provide it. If they were, they were following their former idolatrous practices. If they were, their supper was invalidated. If they were, they were rebuked for it. If they were, it was the table of devils and cup of devils, not the Lord’s cup, table, or supper.

The word “drunken” does mean “intoxicated” in many passages but does not always demand that definition in every passage. In some passages, the sense is drenched (one of Webster’s defini-tions), satiated, and saturated. The contrast in the context of the passage does not seem to bear the intoxicated interpretation, “One is hungry, and another is drunken.” The interpretation, which seems more fitted to the context contrast  is “One is hungry, and another is drunken” in the sense of being saturated or satiated.  Both sides, no doubt, would agree that the supper should be observed, in the same manner (1 Cor. 11:25) as when it was insti-tuted. So, consider the following:

The Wine That Jesus Used

And he took the cup . . . And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, UNTIL that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.    -- Mark 14:23-25

. . . one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. Matt.27:48


When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said . . .  John 19:30


Jesus used the “fruit of the vine” (new wine), at the last supper.  He promised not to drink of that “fruit of the vine” until the kingdom. There were times, during the crucifixion, that Jesus was offered both vinegar and wine, mixed with narcotics (Pro. 31:6), and He refused it. Still, in John 19:30, Jesus received “vinegar,” proving that it was not the “fruit of the vine” but the “fruit of double fermentation” (alcohol is the “fruit of single fermentation” and not the “fruit of the vine”). So it follows that Jesus did not use either alcoholic wine nor vinegar at the last supper.

Fruit of the Vine?

. . .he will also bless the fruit of the womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine . . .—Deut. 7:13

But the fruit of the Spirit . . .—Gal. 5:22

The “fruit of the womb” is that which the womb produces. The “fruit of the land” is that which the land produces. The “fruit of the Spirit” is that which the Spirit produces. The “fruit of the vine” is that which the vine produces. The “fruit of fermentation” is that which fermentation produces. Jesus said that He was the “VINE” not the distillery nor the brewery. The type of wine, which Jesus, God incarnate, produced at the wedding of Cana was the “fruit of the vine” or the wine found in nature, just as God produces it. Not as the merry wine maker produces it. Fresh, new, natural wine was found, in the last supper, a  “cup of blessing.” Alcoholic wine is everything but a blessing!

Our Wine

. . . the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.    -- Deut. 11:14


      . . . thy presses shall burst out with new wine.    -- Prov. 3:10


. . . the treaders shall tread out no wine in their presses; I have made their vintage shouting to cease.    -- Isa. 16:10

. . . As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it . . .—Isa. 65:8

I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.   -- Song 5:1

. . . thou didst drink the pure blood of the grape.—Deut. 32:14

Our wine, as opposed to our adversaries’ wine, may be gath-ered directly from the field. Our wine may be tread directly out of the wine presses. Our wine may be directly found in a cluster of grapes. Our wine may be mixed with milk, without causing us to retch. Our wine may be drunk “abundantly” without drunkenness and without fear of violating the scriptures against drunkenness and without God being a tempter, as the result of such an instruc-tion. Our wine is “new” and may be preserved; if it is not put, in old bottles (which would cause it to ferment and burst the bottles (Matt. 9:17). Our wine is a “BLESSING.” Theirs is a curse.

Their  Wine

For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red;  it is full of mixture; and he poureth the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them. Psa. 75:8


. . . they drink the wine of the condemned in the house of their god.    -- Amos 2:8

Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.—Deut. 32:33

Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.    -- Prov. 23:31

The wine of our adversaries, as opposed to our wine, moves and gives its color in the cup. IT is the wine of another god. Their wine is an impure mixture of a chemically changed juice and an addictive poison (yeast dung - alcohol), as opposed to our “pure blood of the grape.” Their wine is poison, toxic, and intoxicating.  Their wine is the “wine of the condemned” and not the saved..  Their wine is “old” (which won’t burst old bottles because it has already fermented—Matt. 9:17). Ask doctors, police, and the asylums; their wine has never been a blessing; it is a curse.


-- by Herb Evans