Paul started the chapter talking about the need to regard the elderly as our fellows, then spoke of honor and instructions for widows. So what was the reason for this statement about wine and the stomach in verse 23?
1 Timothy 5:23
NKJV - 23 No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach's sake and your frequent infirmities.
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I think the recepient of this instruction by Paul had a stomach problem and a little wine would help, I dont think there was anything behind this simple remedy.
Well I heard that some doctors say for you to drink a little wine every day because it is good for the heart. I do not know, I do not drink. But, I think since we are being told how to live a godly and faithful life and love others and help them, take care of them if necessary, that it is possible he is saying not to live a life of sameness and drudgery but balance our life with activity and newness: take care of ourselves so we can do the will God more effectively.
It is very clear in the scripture, do not drink wine instead water. We can only drink wine to treat infirmities or for medicinal purposes only. In one of the scripture in ephesians 5:18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, (Ephesians 5:18 NASB) We Christiana should be aware of the conviction of the holy Spirit. Drinking wine during occasions, birthdays, family gatherings is not acceptable to us Christians who are living a holy life. It is also written be holy for I am the lord your god is holy. We will not be able to follow Jesus Christ's like character getting drunk with wine.
The Scriptures do not contradict! It is clear the topic of wine must be viewed in context. Some passages allow for the consumption of wine but nowhere approve of drunkenness. For instance (1Tim.3:3) states that a bishop be not given to wine whereas (1Tim.3:8) states that a deacon be not given to much wine (KJV). In both instances it is allowable because the word "given" is actually translated "addicted". All this relates to (Ezek.44:21) about priests/overseers. Though it would be best to abstain from wine God understands the purpose and effects of wine good and bad. More importantly God understands human nature. So in conclusion there is no absolute prohibition against wine consumption except under the Nazarite vow (Num.6:3). And at no time shall an overseer be a drunkard whether they be a bishop, pastor, deacon etc. Lastly no one shall ever consume any intoxicating drink when entering the house of God whether it be for worship or the performance of their spiritual duties! (Wine was also used for medicinal purposes because they didn't have all the modern medicines we have today).
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