The Spirit in the Bottle

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“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”
–Proverbs 20:1

Has the reader ever wondered why alcohol/strong drink is often called “spirits“?

The world gives more than one answer.

The term “spirit” in reference to alcohol stems from Middle Eastern alchemy. These alchemists were more concerned with medical elixirs than with transmuting lead into gold. The vapor given off and collected during an alchemical process (as with distillation of alcohol) was called a spirit of the original material.
Why are some alcohol referred to as ‘spirits’?

The stories told by history are almost always invoked when providing an answer to this question.

The nomenclature goes back to the early days of chemistry when alcohol was first discovered/invented. The “spirit” of the substance was what alchemists thought they were extracting – the essence if you will.By the late 1300s (OED) the term “spirit” was the essence of a thing. It was also used at that time (1387 OED) to describe a movement of air. I would guess the alchemists of that period imagined they were finding the animating force of tangible objects and (likely hopefully) live beings like horses and people.Furthermore the transient nature of alcohol (low vapour pressure) resulted in obvious evaporation, making the substance something that could magically pass through a solid barrel and disappear. In short it was both an essence, and a movement of air. If you are a 14th C. alchemist trying to describe what you have discovered or are using to another person “spirit” would be an obvious choice of descriptive noun.
Why are some alcohol referred to as ‘spirits’?

One person even suggested that the reason alcohol is called “spirits” is because “it haunts you the next day.”

Observation reveals that there are three groups which have differing views on alcohol (“spirits“)–two small groups at either end of the scale and one very large group in the middle.

One small group stays completely away from strong drink.  Perhaps they do not trust themselves around spirits?  No doubt for others, it is a case of not wanting to get involved with something they know usually leads nowhere good.

The very large group in the middle consists of all of those who are occasional or “social drinkers.” Many in this group only partake of alcohol at weddings, funerals, birthdays, or some other special occasion which they feel is best celebrated with strong drink.

The last group–which is small–are those who cozy up to the spirit in the bottle.  It is this last group which will be examined more closely because it is this last group which strikes up a relationship with strong drink: the spirit in the bottle.

IF they are lonely, the spirit in the bottle is always there for them.

IF they are sad, the spirit in the bottle makes them forget their sadness–at least for a short while.

IF they are bored, the spirit in the bottle can give them something to do.

IF they are without direction, the spirit in the bottle can point them in a direction: often, a direction they may otherwise find distasteful.

The spirit in the bottle makes no end to empty promises.

It promises the drunk it will be his friend–but his “friend” doesn’t much care about him.

It promises the drunk it will be his buddy; that it will take an interest in the drinker–but the only interest his “buddy” has is when the drinker will take his next drink.

Eventually, the drinker figures out that the spirit in the bottle won’t even hold his head when he becomes sick from drinking.  Of course, the spirit in the bottle ALWAYS has a good reason why he’s never around when the bill comes due and the drinker is left holding the bag.

In the beginning–before he knows better–certain men may believe that the spirit in the bottle is their friend.  That their friend provides them with FUN.  But even these poor, deluded souls MOSTLY figure out that the spirit in the bottle is more of CURSE than a FRIEND.

EVEN WHEN that man feels that strong drink will lead to no good, he finds it practically impossible to get away from the spirit in the bottle–even when it haunts him and he wishes to be free of it.

“As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.”
–Proverbs 26:11

One man offered that–erroneously believing he “had a handle on his drinking“–“It’s gotten stronger. I used to be able to control it.”

It was then suggested that “It was ALWAYS stronger than you. It may have led you to believe that you controlled it, but all along, it REALLY was controlling you.”

Which leads to a teachable moment.

Perhaps the reason strong drink is called “spirits” is because strong drink is the KEY which unlocks a cage best kept shut?

“Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!”
–Isaiah 5:11

WHAT are the reader’s thoughts on strong drink and the spirit in the bottle?

DOES the reader believe drinking is just harmless fun?

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DOES the reader believe he is saved?

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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

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What Does God’s Word Say About the Man of God?

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“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
–2TIMOTHY 3:16-17

During the end times, a great many will claim to be a ‘man of God.’

It is suspected a great many more will lay claim to that title before the end times are through.

It was while pondering these thoughts that the question arose, “What does God’s Word have to say about the ‘man of God’?”

And so, a search was undertaken (some of the results appear below).

What does the Bible say about the man of God?

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.  But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.”
–1TIMOTHY 6:10-11

So while the man of God is advised to flee from coveting and a love of money, he is also told to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience and meekness.

The Bible names several who were called “man of God.”

Who were these men?

1 – Moses was called a man of God.

“And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.”
–Deuteronomy 33:1

“And they stood in their place after their manner, according to the law of Moses the man of God: the priests sprinkled the blood, which they received of the hand of the Levites.”
–2CHRONICLES 30:16

2- David was called a man of God.

“And he appointed, according to the order of David his father, the courses of the priests to their service, and the Levites to their charges, to praise and minister before the priests, as the duty of every day required: the porters also by their courses at every gate: for so had David the man of God commanded.”
–2CHRONICLES 8:14

“And the chief of the Levites: Hashabiah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua the son of Kadmiel, with their brethren over against them, to praise and to give thanks, according to the commandment of David the man of God, ward over against ward.”
–Nehemiah 12:24

3 – Timothy was called a man of God.

“But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.”
–1TIMOTHY 6:11

4- Igdaliah was called a man of God.

“And I brought them into the house of the LORD, into the chamber of the sons of Hanan, the son of Igdaliah, a man of God, which was by the chamber of the princes, which was above the chamber of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, the keeper of the door”
–Jeremiah 35:4

5- The unnamed man in 2CHRONICLES 25 was called a man of God.

“But there came a man of God to him, saying, O king, let not the army of Israel go with thee; for the LORD is not with Israel, to wit, with all the children of Ephraim.”
–2CHRONICLES 25:7

6- Elisha the prophet was called a man of God.

“And Elisha came to Damascus; and Benhadad the king of Syria was sick; and it was told him, saying, The man of God is come hither. And the king said unto Hazael, Take a present in thine hand, and go, meet the man of God, and enquire of the LORD by him, saying, Shall I recover of this disease? So Hazael went to meet him, and took a present with him, even of every good thing of Damascus, forty camels’ burden, and came and stood before him, and said, Thy son Benhadad king of Syria hath sent me to thee, saying, Shall I recover of this disease? And Elisha said unto him, Go, say unto him, Thou mayest certainly recover: howbeit the LORD hath shewed me that he shall surely die.”
–2KINGS 8:7-10

7 – The prophet Elijah was called a man of God.

“Then the king sent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And he went up to him: and, behold, he sat on the top of an hill. And he spake unto him, Thou man of God, the king hath said, Come down. And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty. Again also he sent unto him another captain of fifty with his fifty. And he answered and said unto him, O man of God, thus hath the king said, Come down quickly. And Elijah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty. And he sent again a captain of the third fifty with his fifty. And the third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah, and besought him, and said unto him, O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight. Behold, there came fire down from heaven, and burnt up the two captains of the former fifties with their fifties: therefore let my life now be precious in thy sight. And the angel of the LORD said unto Elijah, Go down with him: be not afraid of him. And he arose, and went down with him unto the king.”
–2KINGS 1:9-15

While there are seven men listed here, there were several others called by God’s Word a “man of God.”

Finally, the man of God is given advice on the primary tool he is to use: the Word of God.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
–2TIMOTHY 3:16-17

Scripture THROUGHLY furnishes the man of God for ALL good works.

Somewhat surprisingly, the listed verses are about all that God’s Word has to say about the “man of God.”

BUT, among what is said is certainly a LOT to digest and understand.

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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

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God’s Word: Outdated?

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“Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.”
–Jeremiah 6:16

The world claims it places a high value on ‘ancient knowledge.’

The world OFTEN heaps honor on those things which it calls ‘traditional.’

The world place GREAT VALUE on those words which have survived many years to inform modern man.

EXCEPT God’s Word.

IF it is the Bible which the world is pondering, God’s Word is often described as “outdated,” “old-fashioned” or “primitive.”

AS IF the Word of God came with an expiration date.

The world–which claims to place great value on the OLD words of man–then heaps scorn on the Word of God and all those who believe it.

Why does the reader think this is?

DOES the reader pay attention to the way the media and the rest of the world treat God’s Word?

FURTHERMORE, does the reader give any thought to the way the media (and the rest of the world) fawns over any scribblings it calls “ancient manuscripts“?

DOES the reader have any thoughts about why this discrepancy exists?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

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DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

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ALL such links appearing in End Times Prophecy Headlines, such as those below, should originate at ETPR.

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