Old vs New: You Can’t Have Both
Old and New Wineskins Do Not Mix
Today, thank God, their are many preachers who are standing up and boldly declaring the true Good News. They are preaching a message full of New Covenant truths. They are preaching messages that are full of the God of love. Basically, they are preaching the truth about the grace of God. But, unfortunately, their are still untold multitudes of God’s children that are still being fed the cold, dead “meal” of the law. Jesus’ glorious bride is still so often being taught that she is nothing more than an ol’ sinner that made a decision to accept Jesus. The church is still being taught that, “you can’t change the sins and situations that you’ve been bound with. Those things are always gonna plague you until you get to heaven, and that’s just the way it is.” Well, I am privileged to stand up and boldly declare that those kinds of statements and teachings are a lie! And they are a lie that you don’t have to receive. The Bible says in 2 Cor. 5: , “He that is in Christ is a NEW CREATION.” That verse literally means that you have received a new nature, and you are not the same person that you used to be. Glory to God! Jesus said in Matthew 9:17, “Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runs out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.” In other words, preachers are supposed to preach the “new wine,” which is the grace of God. They are not supposed to preach a mixture of old and new. Our message has to be one of the grace of God, and the grace of God alone. No mixture of grace and law. Only the new wine of grace. For when we mix the new wine with the old, the new is made of no effect. As the scripture says, when they are mixed, the bottle breaks and the wine perishes. Paul even said in Galatians 5, that, “when a Believer tries to be justified by the law instead of faith in God’s grace, that Believer has fallen from grace.” (Gal. 5:4) If a Believer tries to live a life where they are justified and blessed by legalism, they make the grace of God of no effect (Gal. 5:4). But, glory to God, when the new wine of grace is put into new bottles, or in other words, when the preaching of New Covenant grace is put on the inside of New Creations, aka new bottles, then both are preserved! Hallelujah!
Turn These Stones Into Bread
In Matthew 4:3-11, we have the account of Satan’s temptation’s to Jesus. Now, in verses 3 and 4, we have the first temptation of out of the three. These two verses say, “If you be the Son of God, command that these stones be made to bread. But Jesus answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Here, Satan tried to get Jesus to turn “these stones” into food. Today, Satan is doing the same thing. He tries to get as many preachers as he can to turn the law into New Covenant spiritual food. But that, my friend, cannot be done. New Covenant creations can ONLY be sustained by New Covenant food. But, Jesus knew that He could not just up-and-get rid of the “stones” just b/c He wanted to. He couldn’t just, “sweep it under the rug.” But rather, He knew that He had to legally fulfill the full requirements of the law. If Jesus would have been deceived by Satan, or if He would have just chose to give in to Satan b/c of the extreme and horrendous pressure from this spiritual attack, then man would have still been spiritually dead, and still under the law. But, thanks be to God that Jesus did not fail us!!! But rather, He fulfilled the law, and He legally turned those stones into bread! He made the law obsolete and gave us the true spiritual food that we needed to be in fellowship with God, which was grace! Jesus said that, “unless a man drank of His blood, and ate of His flesh, then he would surely die.” So, my brother and sister, make sure that the spiritual food that you are eating, is the blood of the lamb and the bread of life, which is Jesus! If someone serves you two dead, lifeless, cold stones for your spiritual food, then kindly don’t eat it. But, make sure that you are continually feeding upon and being sustained by spiritual meals of grace. See, when you feed upon grace, you are partaking of Jesus Himself. And, as Jesus said, when you, “eat of His flesh and drink of His blood, you will never die!” (John 6:54-56). You will be strong and victorious in your Christian walk, and you will endure forever more!