New Wine Into New Wineskin
You can fill somebody with new ideas, but if their mind isn’t willing to change then the new ideas are just going to pour out like liquid from a broken bottle. In the same way, you can fill a person with emotional concepts of tolerance, love, peace, mercy, happiness, etc., but if their emotions do not change to adapt to the new feelings then it pours out like liquid from a broken bottle. In Jesus’s day, people just knew better than to put new wine into old bottles because the old bottles would break and the wine would pour out. If someone is willing to change their way of thinking in order to adapt to new ideas then a transformation is possible. The mind transforms according to the new ideas. Likewise, if a person has a change in emotions to adapt to qualities of love, peace, joy, etc. then a transformation occurs in the heart of the individual. People in Jesus’s day knew that the only way to preserve the new wine was to put it in new bottles. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
Jesus was speaking to the spiritual heart of the people when He spoke about putting new wine into new bottles. He wanted His hearers to know that they would have to change their heart and mind in order to be able to absorb and retain the meaning of what He would be doing for them on the Cross. At the Cross, He would make the old heart and mind pass away so that we become a newly redeemed creation. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” The old form of humanity became sin sick because of Adam’s fall. Ever since that fall, mankind has been using their heart and mind to be equal with God, to guide themselves according to their own perception of good and evil, and to live life according to their own efforts. Jesus wants mankind to be born again, to become a new creature, to cause old things to pass away and to make all things new. That requires a transformation of the heart and mind! Our mind and heart becomes new when we separate ourselves from the ways of the world, the worldly desires of the flesh, and from being held in bondage to Satan’s deception.
The transformation of our heart and mind occurs when the original sin of Adam is put into remission. That remission happens when our own efforts, our own intellectual abilities, and our own version of good and evil becomes dormant, inactive, and isn’t doing anything. In that dormancy of sin, our mind and heart begins to transform in the acceptance of what Christ has done for us through His shed blood on the Cross. When we believe in our heart and confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord, then the Holy Ghost reshapes, reforms, and causes a new creation to manifest by the changing of the spirit, soul, and mind. We begin to understand and know what fellowship with the Spirit of God is like. New wine begins to infill the new bottle of thoughts. Likewise, our emotions begin to feel a transformation through the Fruit of the Holy Ghost. We begin to feel a real compassion for sin sick souls through God’s Love, Mercy, Grace, Faithfulness, and Perseverance. We are not “rehabilitated,” we are a brand new creation, new wine is put into our new emotional bottle. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
We are the Temple of God! We can be a new bottle with new wine by having our heart and mind transformed by the indwelling of the Holy Ghost. That happens by accepting what Christ did for us on the Cross for the remission of sin. Our inner being will fill with new thoughts and new emotions which are totally different than what we ever experienced within the ways of the world and flesh. Satan wants to keep the Temple of God under his control, which is to keep your soul, spirit, and mind held captive to the lifeless spirit that exist within the death of sin. In the Spirit is Life, regeneration, rebirth, and the ability to be born again. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
“Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runs out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.” Matthew 9:17