New Wine

Jesus continued, "Neither do men put new wine (Holy Spirit truth) into old bottles else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved" (Matt. 9:17).

Jesus referred to John (Moses' law) as an old wineskin bottle that at one time contained new wine (Holy Spirit). After years of exposure and use the wineskin bottle (animal skin) became dried and turned hard. Have you ever been out to a barn and seen a leather harness that has been hanging there a long time? It was old, hard and cracked. If you bent it very much it broke! You could not do anything with it. Jesus, talking about John the Baptist (Old Testament law), said, "I have the new wine (Holy Spirit) but I cannot pour it in that old stiff wineskin (leather) bottle."

You might refer the symbol of the old wineskin bottle to your own religious environment that presently does not seem to want to accept newly revealed truth which God has shown to you.

But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law" (Gal. 5:18).

But if ye be led of the Spirit,

A sage wisely remarked, "The third grade teacher stays in the third grade -- it is the students that move on." Some souls may be brittle (hardheads). Just try a few of these ideas on them and see if they flex. If you know someone in your group who is really pliable then let them have this whole book right away.

The history of the Protestant revival is an excellent example of the way God has chosen to pour new wine in new bottles (new denominations), rather than to crack the old ones.

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