Jesus said, "No man putteth a piece of new cloth into an OLD GARMENT, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse" (Matt. 9:16).
Jesus likened John the Baptist unto an OLD GARMENT. Jesus said he could not patch John the Baptist, who was an Old Testament prophet, not a New Testament saint. It is important for us to see that John was NOT a New Testament saint, even though he
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was written about in the New Testament. He was the greatest OT prophet and died like the rest of them before there was a chance of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Jesus referred to the law, the prophets and John the Baptist as an old garment that cannot be patched. God said, This Jesus is my son in whom I am well pleased; hear HIM" -- not Moses' law or Elijah's prophecy (Matt. 17:1-8) Moses (law) and Elijah (prophecy) are both fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
Jesus, in speaking about John the Baptist, said John was like an old garment. In Matthew 9:16 he implied, "I can't weave this new cloth (this new truth) into that old cloth." It is not possible to weave the new leadings of the Holy Spirit into the fibers of old church denominations.
Unfortunately, at the present, many Holy-Spirit-led Christians are being advised to take the message of the leading of the Holy Spirit back to their own churches and denominations. More times than not - this leads to rejection, heartache and frustration.
We believe that it is unsound to advise people to keep going back to their former environment to revive it. They should take their new truth to new people -- especially after the old group has rejected the new truth.
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