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A spinoff of Jesus’ first parable is the parable of New Wine in Old Wineskins (Matthew 9:17).
Natural reasoning would suggest that it is cost-effective to refill an empty vessel with new substance; spiritual wisdom calls for a replacement of the vessel also!
Jesus explains that new wine would react with the old wineskin and eventually destroy it; He suggests that new wine be stored in new wineskins or vessels in order to preserve both!
Does this sound familiar to students of the Bible? Does this point to why we have to be born again to enter His kingdom? Does it support the notion that we all need new hearts to be able to please God? Was King David ‘spot on’ when he asked God to create a new heart in him, before a right spirit could be renewed within him (Psalms 51:10)? Is this why Jesus rhetorically advised us to cut off whatever appendage that causes us to sin; our eyes, our ears (Matthew 18:8-9)? Was He trying to communicate the futility of patching our frail selves and hoping to continue on life’s journey? I think Jesus was telling us to drop everything old, and start anew with Him.
Is this why there is therefore now no condemnation for those who walk anew in the spirit with God, why old things have passed away and all things have become new (Romans 8:1)?
I think the answer to all these questions is the same: YES!! Jesus says it is folly not to change our hearts before we ask for a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, put your new wine in new vessels, and live anew!!
Lesson of the Week
1. Receive God’s mercy and renewal gracefully (Lamentations 3:22-24).
2. Let His kingdom be established in you through holy living, peace with your fellow man, and in explicable joy in your heart (Romans 14:17).
The only way back to God is a complete rejection of our old ways of life, acceptance of the mercy He so freely offers, and submission to His guiding hand and tenets!
To ensure we are not likened to ‘new wine in old wineskins’, we must change thoroughly from within. We must truly become the temple of the living God; otherwise His Holy Spirit cannot reside in us.
We have to find the resolve to live holy, to seek peace and shun trouble; only in these states can we truly experience His joy, which is our strength.
Let us become like new wine in new wineskins! Let us start anew. He has promised that if we confess genuinely and earnestly seek His leadership in our lives, old things will pass on, and we shall become like new (2 Cor 5:17). Make that fresh start today; Jesus is still interceding on our behalf before our Father in Heaven. He is faithful that has promised, and if He is for us, no one can be against us (Romans 8:31). Blessings to you, and stand strong!
Weekly Nugget: “Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” (Matthew 9:17).
Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.
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