A New Kind Of Faith

Apr 30, 2016 1497

No-one sews a patch of un-shrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do the wineskins will burst, and the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved” (Matthew 9:14-17).

Jesus provided the group an illustration about the nature of his kingdom. In those days, wine that was transported by horse, mule or donkey, was carried in tanned animal skins that had been turned inside out and stitched up. As these skins aged, they became brittle and prone to splitting. New wine was never put into old wineskins because the fermenting gases would put pressure on the skin, causing it to split.

For the same reason, nobody sewed a patch of un-shrunk cloth on an old garment, or the new patch would shrink in the next wash and pull away from the garment.

The new faith Jesus was giving them could not be patched onto the old Jewish religion, or be poured into the old wineskins of Judaism without damaging both it and Judaism. No! Christianity would require entirely new forms.

If your faith is based on what you do, it is like and old garment or an aged wineskin. However, if your faith is based on what Jesus has done for you, through his death on the cross, it is likened to a new garment or wineskin that Jesus can use.

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