26. The Homeowner: Old and New
The Importance of the
Gospel of God’s Kingdom
In Our Lives
The Parable of the Homeowner: Old and New
(Only in Matt 13:51-52).
Jesus has said a lot in Matthew 13, starting with the Parable of the Sower. It’s the longest grouping of parables. Now he pauses and asks his disciples, “Do you understand all these things?”
They answer YES, but we’re later shown they really don’t. We’re the same way. We don’t like to admit we don’t know. Paul says, “If any man thinks that he knows anything, he doesn’t yet know as he ought to know” (I Cor 8:2). This has been profound to me as I’ve worked through the gospel. My beliefs made a 180-degree flip between 1990 and 2000.
The homeowner has OLD and NEW things in his house, referring to the Old and New Covenants that two parables of the garment and the wine spoke of.
The OLD is not gone. It has just lost its power and control over us. It still exists, and there is a LOT to be learned in the Old Testament. But we are not meant to live by the Old Testament, but in God’s new and living way: THE GOSPEL. The Old still is to compare how much BETTER our New Covenant is, as described in Hebrews.
The Old is necessary to see the GLORY of the New (II Cor 3:7-11, I Pet 1:9-12).
Remember that we are now the house of God. God is the Homeowner and we’re his house. Paul calls us the temple of God. We have both the Old and New to draw from. But don’t miss this!!! The gospel FULFILLS the Old in us (Col 1:23-25). Jesus came to FULFILL the Old, not abolish it (Mat 5:17).
Also don’t miss this!!! What happens if we mix the Old and New? Revelation 3:15-16 shows what God thinks about this. It talks OF being cold or hot. I think ‘cold’ is a reference to Old Testament ways. I think ‘hot’ is a reference to New Testament gospel ways.
I think God sees us ‘hot’ living by the gospel,
but he sees us as ‘cold’ if we don’t, because
the Old has been abandoned. If we mix the two,
he sees us as lukewarm, and he vomits us
out of his mouth. Elsewhere it is more polite,
and just calls us ‘double-minded and unstable.’