When Jesus turned water into wine, did He turn it into grape juice?

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The incident of the miracle of the wedding of Cana of Galilee is recorded in John 2:1-11. It is clear that Jesus turned the water into the pure juice of the grape because He would only act consistently with the principles He already revealed to earlier Bible writers concerning fermented wine (Prov. 20:1; 23:29–32; 1 Cor. 6:19). For He instructed:

“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise” (Proverbs 20:1).

“Do not look on the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it swirls around smoothly; at the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like a viper” (Proverbs 23:31, 32).

“Neither fornicators … nor drunkards … will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10).

The Bible clearly does not support the use of alcohol for its harmful effects on the mind and body. The confusion about the word “wine” comes from the translations. In the Greek New Testament, both fermented and fresh grape juice are called “wine” thus causing the readers misunderstandings. But there should be no confusion when one examines the weight of evidence that is presented in the entire Bible concerning alcoholic drinks.

The un-fermented wine that Jesus did at the wedding feast was similar to the un-fermented wine that He drank with His disciples at the Last Supper (Matt. 26:27). In the Passover service, leaven was forbidden for fermentation was a symbol of sin and corruption (Ex. 12:15; Matt. 16:6, 12; 1 Cor. 5:6–8).

The Lord urges His followers to keep their bodies holy without being intoxicated with fermented drinks, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are” (1 Corinthians 3:16, 17).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team


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