25. The Wine and the Wine Skins (Bottles)
The Importance of the
Gospel of God’s Kingdom
In Our Lives
The Parable of the Wine and the Wineskins
(Matt 9:17, Mark 2:22, Luke 5:37).
As I’ve said, this parable is a duplicate of the last one, except that it’s focus is on the NEW, not the Old. The last one was on total reform from the Old to the New: putting the Old in a grave (Heb 8:13).
This takes up where the Old left off, with the New.
Paul goes so far as to say we’re CURSED
if we try to live in the Old (Gal 3:10).
This is after he calls us FOOLS if we do (Gal 3:1).
I discuss this at length in the 10 gospel tenants.
The point here is that the Old Covenant ways cannot contain the New Covenant gospel ways. If we try to put them together, co-mingle them, or make them joint tenants together, BOTH are ruined!
God’s new and living way is unique!
The old container (what the wineskin speaks of) is the temple, and the Jewish system. But the temple and Old Covenant Jewish ways was destroyed in 70 A.D. Now Paul says that WE are the temple, and we’re totally removed from the Old Ways.
He says we’re a ‘New Creation’ — a new species.
We are now a ‘GodMan.’
“The law (Old Covenant) was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus” (John 1:17).
It was a changing of the guard! We must totally live in the gospel truth of God, that he told Moses he’d require us to live by (Deut 18:15-19). If we don’t do this, we are NOT in the will of God, but live in ‘SELF.’
The new and living way can only be received in a mind being transformed by the gospel (Rom 12:1). Others live in the Old way they think is better (Lk 5:39), or else they MIX the Old with the New.
Remember: my purpose is not to totally discuss each parable. It is to only
show the gospel in each parable, and how it practically impacts us.