WHEN THE ROMAN SOLDIERS PUT THE SPONGE SOAKED IN WINE-VINEGAR (GALL) TO THE LIPS OF JESUS, He tasted (γευσάμενος) it and spit it out. That same Greek word is used in Hebrews 6:4, “It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have TASTED (γευσάμενος) the heavenly gift, … and who have fallen away, to bring them back to repentance ….” (Hebrews 6:4)
The metaphor the Lord is showing us is not meant to scare us, but to show us that nibbling around the edges of our relationship to Christ is disastrous to our faith. JESUS said, “In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.”
(Luke 14:33) You are in the car, but Christ Jesus should be in the driver’s seat.
“I surrender all
I surrender all
All to Thee my blessed Savior
I surrender all.”
(Judson W. Van De Venter)
GALL – acrimony, animosity, arrogance, bitterness, brass, brazenness, cheek, chutzpah, conceit, confidence, crust cynicism, effrontery, guts, haughtiness, hostility, impertinence, impudence, insolence, malevolence, malice, overbearance, pomposity, presumption, rancor, sauciness, self-importance, spite, venom.
“But because you are lukewarm—neither hot, nor cold—I am ready to spit you out of my mouth.”
Revelation 3:16 (ncv)