The Wineskin

THE WINESKIN

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

I.  INTRODUCTION – TOO OFTEN IN OUR CHRISTIAN LIFE WE BECOME STALE AND BRIDDLE IN OUR ATITUDES:  TOWARD GOD & TOWARD OTHERS.  THIS IS REFLECTED IN HOW WE PRAY, HOW WE SERVE GOD & IN HOW TREAT & REGARD OTHERS.  IN THIS CONDITION GOD BECOMES A HARD TASK MASTER, WE BECOME JUDGEMENTAL TOWARDS PEOPLE & INDIFFERENT TO TRANSFORMATIONAL POWER OF THE GOSPEL, OUR SERVICE & GIVING TO GOD BECOMES GRUDINGLY, OUR JOY DEPLETED & OUR HOPE, EXPECTATIONS & PREPARATION FOR CHRIST’S GLORIOUS RETURN HAVE SLOWLY EBBED AWAY.   WE BECOME SELF-CENTERED, MEAN SPIRITED, HARD TO LIVE WITH, HARD TO WORK WITH & JOYLESS.  TEXT: MATT 9:16-17 NIV

II.                 IN CHAPTER 9 VS 1-13 WE SEE JESUS WITH AMAZING LOVE, DRIVEN TO ACTION

A.                 HE HEALED THE PARALYTIC & FORGAVE HIS SINS.

B.                  HE UPSET THE PHARISEES (AGAIN) & REBUKED THEM FOR THE HARDNESS OF THEIR HEARTS.

C.                  HE CALLED MATTHEW, A HATED TAX COLLECTOR TO FOLLOW HIM.  MATTHEW COULD NOT BELIEVE HIS EARS!

D.                 HE HUNG OUT AND ATE WITH HATED TAX COLLECTORS & SINNERS.  HOW COOL IS THAT!

III.              NOW JOHN’S DISCIPLES COME TO HIM ASK HIM A LOADED QUESTION

A.                 “HOW IS IT THAT WE & THE PHARISEES FAST, BUT YOUR DISCIPLES DO NOT FAST?”

B.                  IN ASKING THE QUESTION THEY IDENTIFIED THEMSELVES WITH THE PHARISEES (THE OLD RELIGIOUS ORDER THAT ASSAILED JESUS THROUGHOUT HIS MINISTRY AND IN THE END HAD JESUS CRUCIFIED.

C.                  JOHN WAS THE LAST OF THE O.T. PROPHETS; THE ONE GOD HAD SENT TO “PREPARE THE WAY FOR THE LORD…FOR JESUS’ COMING.  JESUS HIGHLY ESTEEMED HIM: SAID HE WAS GREATEST BORN OF MEN…YET…

D.                 HE WENT ON TO EXPLAIN TO THEM THAT WHEN HE, THE BRIDE GRROM WAS TAKEN AWAY FROM THEM THEY WOULD FAST, BUT HE WENT ON TO RELATE A SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLE (READ VS 17 AGAIN)…NOTICE THAT THE CONCERN IS FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE WINE & THE WINE SKIN!  THEY BECOME ONE & THE SAME.

IV.              WE (& GOD BY INFERENCE) DOES NOT POUR NEW WINE INTO OLD WINESKINS

A.                 THERE ARE DIFFERING INTERPRETATIONS BY WHAT JESUS WAS SAYING HERE.  THE FIRST INTERPRETATION RELATES TO CHRISTIANITY & THE INTEGRAL ROLE OF THE HOLY  SPIRIT (THE NEW WINE), CANNOT BE CONTAINED IN THE FORMS & LEGALISM OF THE JEWISH RELIGON (THE OLD WINE SKIN).  I BELIEVE THAT IS TRUE, BUT I ALSO BELIEVE THAT THERE AN A SECOND INTERPRETATION THAT IS MORE PERSONAL.

B.                  I THINK THAT WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT WINE REPRESENTS THE INFILLING & INDWELLING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.  THERE ARE DIFFERENT GREEK WORDS FOR WINE.  HERE “NEOS”, FRESHLY MADE NEW, SWEET WINE (WHAT WE WOULD CALL GRAPE JUICE).

C.                  NEW SWEET, FRESH, WINE (GRAPE JUICE) WILL BECOME CONTAMINATED BY BACTERIA & YEAST IN THE OLD WINE SKINS BECOMES FERMENTATED & SOUR.  INSTEAD OF REFRESHING IT CAUSES DRUNKENNESS & BRINGS INSTABILITY & DELUSIONS.

D.                 JESUS SPOKE IN MATT 16:6 ABOUT THE LEAVEN (YEAST) OF THE PHARISEES AS DOCTRINE & SPIRITUAL SIN, NOT OBVIOUS TO MANY, BUT IF NOT DEALT WITH EVENTUALLY TAKES OVER AND CONTAMINATES THE WHOLE BODY.

V.                JESUS PRIMARILY CONCERNED ABOUT THE PURITY & INTEGRITY OF THE GOSPEL

A.     THE PHARISEES, THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS OF THAT DAY HAD MISSREPRESENTED GOD’S GOODNESS & GOD’S INTENTIONS; THEY FAILED TO RECOGNIZE JESUS FOR WHO HE WAS, ISRAEL’S MESSIAH & THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD.

B.      MATT 12:9-14: JESUS HEALED A MAN WITH A WITHERED HAND ON THE SABBATH & THE PHARISEES HELD COUNCIL HOW THEY MIGHT KILL HIM FOR HEALING ON THE SABBATH.

C.       MATT 23:23-27 JESUS CALLS THEM WHITE WASHED TOMBS:  THEY PAID THEIR TITHES TO THE PENNY & BUT OMITTED THE MOST IMPORTANT MATTERS OF THE LAW: JUSTICE, MERCY & FAITHFULNESS.

D.     MATT 23:13-14 THEY REFUSED TO ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD & KEPT OUT THOSE WHO ARE TRYING TO ENTER; THEY GREEDILY DEVOURED WIDOWS BANK ACCOUNTS.

E.      MATT 15:9 JESUS SAID, “IN VAIN THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING DOCTRINES AND COMMANDMENTS OF MEN.”  THEIR TRADITIONS BECAME AS SACRED AS GOD’S WORD.

F.       THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT IN MAT 5 SHOWS GOD’S STANDARD’S WITH RESPECT FOR  WOMEN, MERCY, FORGIVENESS AND LOVE; WE ARE TO LOVE EVEN OUR ENEMIES.

G.     MATT 5:20 JESUS TELLS US THAT UNLESS OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS DID NOT EXCEED THAT OF THE SCRIBES & PHARISEES THEY WOULD NO WAY ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.

VI.              SOME OF THE PROPERTIES OF A NEW WINESKIN

A.                 1CoR 6:19 What? know ye not that your BODY Is the TEMPLE of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  (WE ARE THE WINESKIN.)

B.                  AUTHENTIC CHRISTIAN LIVING – BEING CONSISTENTLY ON THE INSIDE, WHAT WE REPRESENT OURSELVES TO BE TO OTHERS; OUR PRIVATE LIVES ARE AS GODLY AS OUR PUBLIC LIFE.

C.                  LOVING GOD WITH ALL OUR HEART, LOVING OUR NEIGHBORS (COWORKERS, FAMILY MEMBERS, EVEN STRANGERS) AS OURSELVES; TREATING PEOPLE AS WE WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED.

D.                 HAVING A CONSISTENT PRAYER LIFE – A DAILY TIME WHEN WE HUMBLE OURSELVES BEFORE THE LORD AND PRAY – NOT JUST FOR THINGS BUT INTERCEEDING FOR PEOPLE.

E.                  REVERENCING & READING GOD’S WORD – MEDITATING ON THE WORD DAILY, ASKING GOD TO SPEAK TO YOU THROUGH HIS WORD, LETTING WORD CHANGE YOU – TO TAKE AWAY SELFISHNESS, BITTERNESS, ANGER, JEALOUSY & UNFORGIVENESS.

F.                   THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT GIVES PRIMARY EVIDENCE TO YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, FAITH, LONG SUFFERING, GENTLENESS, MEEKNESS, KINDNESS & SELF-CONTROL.

VII.         CONCLUSION – THE NEW WINESKIN PRESERVES THE SWEETNESS OF THE WINE (THE GOSPEL).  YOU BECOME A PEACEMAKER, HAVING THAT MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION.  PEOPLE WILL BE DRAWN TO YOU.  GOD WILL USE YOU TO MINISTER & HEAL THE BROKEN HEARTED.  THE GOSPEL, GOD’S GOOD NEWS WILL REALLY BE GOOD NEWS TO THEM.  YOU WILL REJOICE IN THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF THE GOSPEL.  YOU WILL NOT LOOK BACK WITH REGRET, BUT EAGERLY LOOK FORWARD TO THE COMING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.

 

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