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So, on a deadline, I just wrote an essay in one day. It’s short, but I hope it’s nice.
On the surface, Ephesians 5:18 seems to be the perfect memory verse to inculcate the youths against the temptations of drink: “Do not be drunk with wine” seems rather clear. Yet, the whole of the verse sets this idea of drunkenness against another theme, and so, instead of concluding on some note of literal sobriety, of merely watching one’s blood-alcohol content, the Ephesians are instructed that they should instead be “filled,” that is, in the place of filling oneself with wine, the Christian should fill himself “with the Spirit.”