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It’s About New Wineskins, Not Old Foreskins

August 29, 2014

Greetings,

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.  Mark my words!  I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all.  Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law.  You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.  But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope.  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value.  The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”  Galatians 5: 1-6

Jesus said:  “Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins.  If they do, the skins 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: 17

It seems that there will always be people living under the law and trying to place others under it too.  To do so denies the message of grace and the entire New Covenant.  In Jesus we are set free from the law of sin and death and reborn into His wonderful Kingdom of love, grace and light.  To choose law instead of grace places one under a yoke of slavery and bondage to the written code that brings death in this life.

Furthermore, if we follow any portion of the law we are obligated to obey the whole law and Christ becomes worthless to us. Those who seek to be justified by observing the law are separated from Christ’s grace.  Jesus still loves them, but the law places a wall between them and Christ that cannot be scaled by mere human endeavor or obedience to the law.  The only way to grace, truth, and life is through a relationship with Jesus, and one cannot serve both Christ and the law simultaneously.  Once again the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

However, a simple turning away from the law and towards Christ again will restore our relationship with Him and place us firmly within His hands of Grace and mercy once more.  It is all about faith and never observance of the law.  Jesus waits patiently for us to turn His way and never gives up on us.  No matter what we do, His face is continually turned towards us and He is quick to forgive.  

In the end the only thing that really matters is faith expressing itself through love.  The Lord has faith in us and He expressed His love by going to the cross.  The big question is….will we deny ourselves, take up our very own cross and follow Him daily?  You say you have faith?  Prove it by extending love and grace to others along the way.  Purposely walk away from the law and the judgment it places on everyone, and instead open your heart to Him and allow His great love and grace to flow forth through you to both the washed and unwashed masses.  Jesus has filled our lives, our new wineskins, with the priceless new wine of His Spirit.  Drink deeply from His fountain of life and allow Him to pour you out for the sake of others each and every day.

Love and……

Kirk Out !

 

 

 

 

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5 Comments
  1. Awesome Kirk, truth spoken it is all by Faith in the finished work of Christ for us to get the new wine skins in Spirit and truth, which is the only way Father is worshiped
    Justified by the death of Christ for us = just as if we ever sinned
    Sanctified and being sanctified, Father in the Spirit comes to live in us and teach us truth over error, and we see that wee are set free,
    Justified in the death and sanctified in the risen Spirit of Christ

  2. Janet permalink

    Christopher, this is beautiful. The verse that stood out to me is ” the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love”. The only thing. Not faith expressing itself through powerful oration, not expressing itself through healing, or separation from evil, not great music or cool and comfortable buildings. We desperately NEED to have the spirit of Love to show us what to do each and every moment. If we follow the law we would separate ourselves from those who don’t follow the law. We can also follow our own logic or try to protect ourselves from the cross we need to bear. Truly loving means sacrifice of our own will.
    Thank you and I pray for so many more blessings of continued healing in His time and by His love.

  3. "BK" permalink

    Romans 8: “for the law of the SPIRIT OF LIFE in Christ Jesus HAS SET ME FREE from the law of sin and death.” Amen and amen! The verse of not putting new wine in old wineskins also so caught my eye in light of the last post about the ‘new Christopher’ and who is is, how he should be and look. Those who want ‘the old Chris’ back will never have him, nor should they. The regenerated Chris has a NEW wineskin for the Life that pours from him. And that Life pours out in the love of God like never before. I like him alot. 🙂 Hugz and blessings, “BK”

  4. Judy baker permalink

    Lost my long comment so will sign off for now . Great article on truth in the Gods word .

  5. Dyesebel barbecho permalink

    Its true,start to put the new whineskins…we are a free in a free nation,free to express our feelings,free what we want to do…but we shouldnt forget to be god fearing all the time.. It is sad to think that only few awake to wear the new whineskins…evrywhere has a war…our world is full of a mess…hope your blog scattered all over to make our world a better place to lived with god in our hearts,mind and soul…god bless. .

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