November 29, 2016

Is Your Ministry Operating Within Systems That are No Longer Valid?



Despite the fact that many Jews believed in who Jesus was, many others rejected him. In particular, Jesus clashed with the Pharisees because He demanded that they abandon practices that were counterproductive to advancing the kingdom, (Ps. 110:4; Heb. 7:10-22) as well as a new covenant (Jer. 31:31).

The precise reason why Jesus says: “You cannot put new wine into old bottles,” is because new wine is so vibrant, it expands or grows at a much faster rate than the old wineskin.


If your pour new wine, that is still fermenting, into an old wineskin, the pressure buildup from the fermenting gases will explode and destroy the leather bottles, ruining both the wine and bottle.

New wine is not compatible with old wineskin. The vitality of new wine cannot be contained within the limitation, and weakness of the old wineskin. 

New wine has to be poured into new vessels that are pliable, flexible and conducive enough to accommodate its active existence. 

The new covenant that Jesus brought (new wine) could not be stored in old wineskins of Judaism (The Law). The practice of the law as it were, was abolished by the Gospel (Gal. 3:1-29, Rom. 8:2-3). 

Jesus introduced (new wine) fresh concepts, new truths, and innovative language to communicate spiritual ideals. If our Lord and Savior understood this, how much more should we.

The old wineskin is representative of individuals, institutions (religious or secular), that are operating within systems that are no longer valid for advancing the kingdom of God in the world in which we live.

Many of these systems are out of touch and are no longer resourceful or creative. Their messages are stagnate, stale and spoiled. As a result, they no longer have the capacity to expand. God will not pour His new wine (spirit) into such a system.


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