Wednesday, December 16, 2015

NEW WINE IN OLD BOTTLES

'Neither do men put new wine 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.' - Matthew 9 vs 17

Hello Dearly Beloved in the Lord Jesus Christ. Be Blessed as you read. AMEN.

Our opening scripture contains very powerful truths embedded in it's letters, and I want to bring them out to your knowledge right now. I wanna list to you some key words used there;

1- New wine
2- Old Bottles
3- New Bottles


New wine speaks of the New Testament or the New Covenant
Old Bottles speaks of the soul without the Spirit of GOD/Unsaved
New Bottles speaks of the recreated/Spirit filled soul.

Now it's simple. As I meditated on this, I began to get an understanding from the Spirit of GOD. The reason why the new wine which is the Gospel of the Grace of God, the Gospel of the new testament, the reason why certain people are not changed into God's Image by it is because they are old bottles; They have not in the real sense met with the LORD Jesus Christ, they have not had an encounter with HIM, they have not received HIS Spirit, hence, instead of the message making them, it bursts them asunder just as our opening scripture says. These are they that live without any sense of GOD in their lives. 


'Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.' - 2 Corinthians 5 vs 17 {KJV}

If you observe carefully the words OLD and NEW are used there. You see, the one who is in Christ filled with the Spirit of God is the one who is referred to as a new creature. That's a NEW BOTTLE. The one who is yet not in Christ (not having the Spirit of God) is yet an Old Bottle. You get it?

Get this, the Gospel of Grace is designed by GOD to be given to the Believers! The entire epistles of the Apostle Paul were to they that were already saved. His Grace Gospel wasn't to those outside, but to those inside. Nevertheless, the sweetness/goodness of the Gospel can draw the attention of the unbeliever to salvation. The soul that is in darkness, that has not received the LORD cannot receive the things of HIM. When the Gospel of the Grace of God is preached to a Believer, it increases his faith and love for the LORD. When an unbeliever hears the Gospel of the Grace of God, it draws him toward God for salvation. You see? So until he takes the step to receiving salvation and gets it, that message is still not for him. The Gospel of Grace was designed to build Believers into the stature and the Love of God in it's fullness;

'And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.' - Acts 20 vs 32 {KJV} 

You see that? The word of HIS Grace is able to build the believers up and not those outside. It was necessary I made emphasis on this, so that you reading who also is a minister of the Gospel may know how to redirect your focus. The Gospel of Grace is so good and sweet, just like sugar, it attracts ants; but the sugar was not made for the ants. - Selah

Now, the one who has received the Spirit of GOD is the one referred to as the New Bottles. Look at what our opening scripture says about them, but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved. The Gospel of GRACE preserves the soul of one who is filled with the Spirit of God. When new wine is put into new bottles, both are preserved. But when new wine is put into old bottles, the bottles are marred (burst). The Gospel of GRACE in the Heart of a Believer filled with the Spirit of GOD, causes him to grow in the love of GOD, because the Holy Spirit which he has received opens his understanding to know what great love the LORD has shown on him, and that naturally constrains him unto good works. {2 Corinthians 5 vs 14}.

It is important to know that one who hasn't received the Spirit of GOD isn't born again even though he Believes and has confessed the LORD. Let's see it;

'But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.' - Romans 8 vs 9 {KJV}

You see that? The Spirit of Christ is same as the Spirit of GOD. And we are informed that if any man who says he is a Believer have not that Spirit, he is not of the LORD. They are the old bottles been talked about. It is impossible for one to LOVE, whether GOD or Man if the Spirit of GOD is not present in his life. See this;

'And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.' - Romans 5 vs 5 {KJV}

You see that? So LOVE is only possible in our lives when the Holy Ghost is present. It takes the LOVE of GOD to cause a man to walk in the statues of GOD. Hence, a man without the Holy Ghost cannot walk in God's statue. So it's impossible for the Gospel of Grace to affect such a man, knowing that the effect of the Gospel of Grace in a man's life is Righteousness (Right Living), Peace and Joy. - Selah

God Bless You.

- Pastor Jenning Uweye

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