New Wine - Day 6

Why Can't the New Not Inhabit the Old?

Please read Colossians 3 today. I won’t do it for you, as it is a bit long. But take some time to read it, as it pertains to what we have discussed this week. Well, I will give you just a peek:

Colossians 3:3 : “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”

Jesus is a master storyteller. So, it is no surprise that the analogy gives us profound and agitating truths about life. The analogy takes something very practical to reveal the futility of adding our new nature to our old way of life. Jesus is making it clear: The old man cannot hold the new, or the new will be lost. Like the old wineskin, the old man cannot expand or grow to accommodate the new man. Because there is a new nature within us, within our being, we are not, in essence, or nature, the same. We are a new creation. (Col. 3:9-10; Eph. 4:22-23)  Only our new nature can contain the new growth, good fruit, character, healing, and maturity our Dad has for us as His sons and daughters. He loves us where we are but wants continually to take us and make us who we were created to be, always trying to "produce new wine" in our lives.

I’ll keep it short so you can go and read the whole of Colossians 3!

A couple of questions for you:
  1. Have you ever tried to hold onto your old nature while trying to accept your new heart? 
  2. How does behavior play into this? 
  3. How sure can you be that God has given you a new nature? 

By Pastor Timothy Gillespie

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