MANY OF OUR CHRISTIAN BRETHREN DO NOT KNOW IF THEY ARE UNDER LAW (OLD COVENANT) OR UNDER GRACE (NEW COVENANT). THE PULPITS FROM WHERE THEY GET THEIR SPIRITUAL FEEDING TEND TO MIX THE OLD COVENANT TENETS WITH THE NEW COVENANT TENETS.
OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST WARNED US CONCERNING THE FUTILITY OF PUTTING A NEW WINE INTO OLD WINESKINS.
(Mar 2:22) “And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins.”
THE WINESKINS REFER TO OUR MINDS. THE JEWS AT THAT POINT IN TIME HAD A “LAW-ORIENTED” MENTALITY, FOR THEY WERE UNDER THE OLD COVENANT OF THE LAW.
YOU SEE, THE MISSION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST WAS TO TAKE AWAY THE “FIRST” (OLD COVENANT OF THE LAW) AND ESTABLISH THE “SECOND” (NEW COVENANT OF GRACE).
(Heb 10:9) “Then He said, “Behold, I have come to do your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second.”
THE LORD WAS PRACTICALLY SAYING THAT YOU CANNOT MAINTAIN AN OLD COVENANT MENTALITY AND EXPECT TO FULLY COMPREHEND AND EMBRACE THE “NEW WINE” OF THE NEW COVENANT. INSISTING ON DOING SO WILL ONLY PRODUCE CONFUSION.
ON THE SAME NOTE, THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID THAT YOU NEED TO HAVE A TRANSFORMED MIND; A RENEWED MIND FROM LAW-ORIENTED TO GRACE-ORIENTED MENTALITY TO FULLY COMPREHEND THE NEW COVENANT OF GRACE. ONLY THEN YOU WILL BE ABLE TO TEST AND APPROVE WHAT GOD’S WILL IS–HIS GOOD, PLEASING AND PERFECT WILL.
(Rom. 12:2) “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!