Can Ye Drink Of The Cup?
John 21:25 says that if all the things Jesus did were written, the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. The Bible describes Jesus with so many descriptive terms: in John 1:1 – 5 alone He is the Word, God, the creator, life, and the light of men. In John 14:6 He is also the way, the truth, and the life. From these few terms only we can know Jesus is omnipresent, so we can readily acknowledge that what John said is true; God is everywhere and in everything, and to fully expound His omnipotence and omniscience would be impossible for us: but we must extoll and proclaim Him to the world!
Narrow our scope then to consider only that Jesus is the Light (capitalized in John 1:7 – 9). Verse 9 says … which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. Regardless of whether they ever see, feel, comprehend, or accept that Light, the Light is shining in the darkness of every man. When Jesus told Nathanael that thou shalt see greater things than these (John 1:50, 51), He was not speaking only of physical sight, but could tell him ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man. There is a spiritual promise to each of us confirming the spiritual light and vision that Jesus gives being not only with us, but in us, by us, through us, and for us, if we will fully accept Him! Oh, the volumes that should be written of this Light! There is no way anyone could read or write everything that should be written of Jesus, or absorb everything that is the will and purpose of Almighty God, so God has not tasked us with that. However, know that every scripture given in the Bible, The Word of God, has spiritual purpose if we can find it. Let us narrow our scope further, and continue by seeking the spiritual depth and emphasis then, of our drinking of His cup:
Mark 10:38 But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?
The mother of James and John had asked Jesus that her sons sit on his right and left hand in His kingdom. While this would be a position of great honor, it is also a position of action, of authority, and of being used of Jesus. When Jesus replies Ye know not what ye ask, He is not speaking only to them, and it is not recorded only as a historical event, but He is speaking to everyone who would desire to be used of God: there is a call to answer, a preparation to make, and a price to pay (if you will) to be used of God. While Jesus told James and John that they would indeed answer their call, He told them that being on His right and left hand was not His to give;
Mark 10:39, 40 And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.
James and John were seeking some of the highest of high callings. But in the will and purpose of Almighty God those positions are reserved for those for whom it is prepared! (Scripture does give some information on these two … for whom it is prepared. Zechariah 4:12 – 14 records that the two olive trees … are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth. In Revelation 11:3, 4 scripture establishes that … my two witnesses … are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.) However, realize from these scriptures in Mark that you must be prepared to drink of the cup and be baptized with the baptism, and to find a greater depth of being used. As you face the trials and persecution of the enemy that you go through, know it is preparation for the calling God has for you! Are you desiring to fully and completely serve and obey God, or are you just desiring a high calling or position? Desiring a high calling or position would evidence pride in your life, and show the cup, or work, of the devil. You cannot drink of His cup while also serving the enemy;
I Corinthians 10:21 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.
While we convince ourselves that we are drinking of the spiritual cup, it is a cup of our own choosing, and not the cup of the Lord. The cup of the Lord is pure and there is no mixture: there is no sin, no iniquity, and no lust for the things of the world. This pure cup can run over in the Spirit into rivers of living water. Consider the necessary flow of the Spirit in our lives for a moment. Flow is one directional, and we determine the direction of spiritual flow by our walk. Even life itself is a flow, moving as, and where, our actions cause that flow: … he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. (Galatians 6:8) Walking only in the flesh we and the church are feckless; weak, ineffective, irresponsible, and worthless spiritually: our flow in the flesh is that of corruption and wickedness. As we begin to allow the Spirit to move in our life we can then have the conflict of flesh and Spirit that dams off the flow, or leaves only a limited flow. God has continuously and repeatedly admonished and exhorted us to come out of the flesh and walk in newness of life, in the divine nature. It is only in this fullness that we can have rivers of living water flowing from us.
Do you desire to completely drink of His cup and find His calling for your life? You will not drink His cup or your find calling, without separating yourself: you cannot serve two masters, for they lead in opposite paths or directions; this struggle can leave you susceptible to leaving the faith;
I Timothy 4:1 NOW the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
You will not heed that which you cannot hear; it is the mixture that leaves you susceptible to departing the faith. That is also the significance that in Revelation Jesus said to every one of the seven churches; He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29, and 3:6, 13, 22). If you are hearing and heeding the wrong master you will not fully hear what the Spirit says: what is your mind thinking on?